Ballot language has been OK for a proposal to divide California into six states. The old joke has three CA's: northern CA, southern CA and West Oklahoma.
This one doesn't seem to be a joke. Filed by "tech billionaire and venture capitalist Tim Draper", it proposes the following six-pack-
- Silicon Valley which would also include San Francisco;
- West California, which would be based in Los Angeles;
- South California, which would cover Orange County and San Diego;
- Central California covering the Central Valley
- North California which would stretch from Lake Tahoe to the coast; and
- Jefferson which would include the far north of the state and would be named for the president who sent the Lewis and Clark expedition to the area.
Central covers the area getting the "Western Oklahoma" take in the aforementioned joke. North California gets the area just north of SF, Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties. That sounds rich and the world capital of the limousine liberal.
Jefferson made a major pitch over 70 years ago for separation, with a media launch date of December 8, 1941. That got overtaken by events.
Looking at the lineup, you seem to have two red states (Central and Jefferson) three blue ones (West, Silicon and North) and a redish-purple one (South). So we'd expect to see a 6-6 split, possibly 7-5 Democratic if we let the South go 1-1. That would have the same margin as the 2-0 Senate split at present, but also give both sides five more votes to invoke cloture, since the rule is at 60 votes, not 60%.
It gives California 10 extra electoral votes but with Republicans poised to win Central and Jefferson and in the hunt in the South, it would give Republicans a dozen or so extra electoral votes at least (I haven't broken down which state would get how many congressmen and EC votes); Rand Paul might put North California in play with it's well off but secular vibe.
The result would be a more majoritarian Senate (somewhat moot right now, but could be an issue in 2017 and beyond) and a harder Electoral College map for Democrats. It also takes disperses state power, which the powers that be in Sacramento will not like. Whether voters will like it is another matter.