Altered State

California is an interesting place, with some vying to make it a set of interesting places:

Tim Draper, a third-generation venture capitalist with a penchant for big ideas, is promoting a plan that would split California into six separate states. The proposal calls for the creation of new states called Silicon Valley and West California that would be anchored by the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Orange County and San Diego would be part of the new state of South California. To the north, remaining counties would be divided into regions called Central California, North California and Jefferson.

Here’s the website of the Six Calfornias plan.

Commenting on this in another forum, someone opined that the number of stars had been fixed by law at 50. And that there had been only “a couple” of counties of Colorado that had attempted to leave. Neither one of these is true:

New stars are added according to a federal law that dictates the pattern. This law dates from July, 1947 (prior to the addition of Alaska and Hawaii), and is still current as of this morning:

“4 USC ยง 2 – Same; additional stars โ€” On the admission of a new State into the Union one star shall be added to the union of the flag; and such addition shall take effect on the fourth day of July then next succeeding such admission.”

There is no limit on the number of stars, and history suggests that a new “regular” design of 51 or whatever would be chosen from alternatives by the federal government. The design adding the most recent two stars was done by a school child, who got a B- for his project. When the design was selected as the new official US flag, the teacher did bump his grade.

The number of counties involved in Colorado’s split was eight, with a potential of eleven โ€” but they got majority votes in five counties. The result would certainly have not been our smallest state. And counties from Nebraska and Kansas were interested in being part of this process as well.

But like Michigan, one of the counties voting in favor of the separation was itself separate from the others. That would have been … complicated.

So what do you thinking about a California crack-up?

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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