Since California's inception, its residents have been trying to break it apart.
More recently, supervisors in a handful of Northern California counties have passed secession resolutions. The band Pavement, citing cultural differences and fears of espionage, called for a breakup on the seminal 1992 album "Slanted and Enchanted."
The latest whimsical plot for California meiosis comes from Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper, whose previous forays into initiative politics include a failed plan to allow for public school vouchers in 2000. He would divide California into six parts.
Forgetting for a moment that the plan seems to violate Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, we decided to see what these new states would look like, just for kicks.
Statistics provided by the company Political Data Inc. offer a glimpse.
The Oregon-border state of Jefferson, the least populous of the six new entities, with about 949,000 residents, would be more than 80% white, with Latinos making up just 15% of the population, and blacks just 1%, the smallest numbers of any of the six proposed states.
The largest state, coastal West California, which would stretch from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo, with a population of more than 11.3 million, would be just one-third white, with Latinos (46%) Asians (13%) and African Americans (8%) making up about two-thirds of the overall population. Between them, those groups would constitute a majority in four of the six states.
If the six states existed in last presidential election,
You can read Draper's entire proposal here.