When the snow covered Golden Sierras
Keep their watch o’er the valleys bloom,
It is there I would be in our land by the sea,
Every breeze bearing rich perfume.
It is here nature gives of her rarest.
It is Home Sweet Home to me,
And I know when I die I shall breathe my last sigh
For my sunny California.
— I Love You, California
(official state song of California)
Just in case some of you are unfamiliar with what’s going on with California, one of the hottest topics that has been brought up from time to time throughout local and statewide news is the whole attempt proposal to have California be split in to six states. Many of us know this proposal as The Six Californias Initiative.
I’m pretty sure that those who live in the rural areas or even those who aren’t exactly in line with California’s majorly liberal way of thought and philosophy would be in favor of this initiative, I, a person in between liberal and conservative, would disagree to have my home state be split in to six. That venture capitalist (whatever his name was) thought that the state is too big and “ungovernable,” which was why the split was needed in to six.1 If you ask me, this sounds like something that would positively be backed by the far right wing2 as a basis of California being “too liberal.”
I salute Tim Draper for supporting our local small businesses here in the Bay Area that are now big names around the world: Google, Hotmail, Skype, and such. But seriously, I would rather have you focus on what you are known to do— invest in these small businesses rather than tampering with the state and federal government with such crackpot ideas like “Six Californias.” Hell if this passes, I wouldn’t be living in California anymore. I would be living in some artificially-named state known as “Silicon Valley.”
So what if the state is too big? So what if we aren’t the first in everything throughout the country? We still hold 12% of the U.S. economy altogether, we have plenty of colleges and universities who are ranking in the Top 10. We have a very huge diversity level among our communities and our statewide culture, which is something very distinct from any other state throughout the country. To me, separating the state in to six more states would be like segregating races from one another, except we’re being segregated by region and local cultures instead.
Besides, California is a beautiful name for a state. To name a state called “Silicon Valley” isn’t just fake-sounding, but you simply can’t name a state out of a “valley,” so to speak. I would feel very artificially man-made to declare my home state as “Silicon Valley.” We wouldn’t be having those fertile valleys and majestic mountains that I can enjoy and be proud of whenever I talk about the state I live. We wouldn’t be having the eclectic, unpredictable weather that we have that makes California a great place to live. We wouldn’t be also bragging about how we have the multi-million dollar tech corporations and the Hollywood scene that happens to be located in California because we would be two different states now. And then we wouldn’t be bragging about how we get all of our produce and meat from our own farmlands because of its rich fertile soil and natural environment. Yosemite and Mt. Shasta wouldn’t be part of California anymore. Most of all, we wouldn’t be bragging about the eclectic diversity among our people, communities, and culture scenes anymore, like how you can get anything imported from other countries at a corner grocery store at a price. And lastly, the California quarter that featured the Yosemite and the legendary John Muir will have to discontinue and have to make new quarters and represent those “six Californias”, which would mean more tax money will have to be spent, go figure. Would our future generation of kids be okay to be required to memorize 55 states instead of the known 50 states?!
This whole initiative that Draper proposed really does sound ambitious, but he’s forgotten one thing. Not every single Californian is a millionaire like himself and we can’t afford to spend more tax money just to split this grand state in to six. I surely don’t want to have a new state flag with a computer being its logo that should represent “Silicon Valley.” No thank you.
If this becomes a proposal and does end up in this year’s November ballot, you can bet I wouldn’t be voting on this one. I am a proud Californian and will stay that way. If this state does split in to six states, what should I be calling myself? “Silicon Valley-an”?
Why not just run for governor and see if you can handle California better in your own terms, Draper? Let’s see you handle one single state. If you think handling California is just way too big, do you think splitting up this state in to six more states is going to make things better? I don’t think the federal government would even allow this to happen in the first place anyway. This initiative isn’t for the Californians to decide, first and foremost. This should be decided by the federal government and the entire country altogether.
No thank you.