Six Californias: The same but different
SACRAMENTO — If venture capitalist Tim Draper’s plan to split California into six pieces comes to pass, the new state of South California — encompassing San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties — would instantly become one of the nation’s economic, geographic and cultural powerhouses.
In other words, the new state of South California would be exactly like existing Southern California. It would be the same, only different in one significant way. That difference would be politics. Unburdened by the dominant Los Angeles and San Francisco political machines, South California could more easily pursue policies — from tax rates to business regulation — that better fit the region and its residents.