Californians will vote on dividing into 3 states

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

Californians will vote in November on whether to split the state into three separate parts.

"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", Tim Draper, the billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist who sponsored the "Cal 3" ballot measure, told the Times previous year.

The measure, which qualified Tuesday for the November 6 ballot, would divide California into three states, including one dubbed "Southern California" that would include San Diego, Orange County and the Central Valley - but not Los Angeles - for a jurisdiction with real red-state possibilities.

The three-states campaign, dubbed "Cal-3", submitted more than 600,000 signatures.

The latest proposal for splitting up the Golden State is backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Timothy Draper. The California Legislature might also need to sign off, according to review of the measure by the Legislative Analyst's Office.

Southern California - This would include 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties.

Will there soon be three Californias?

It was that issue - economic sustainability - that helped fell two of Draper's previous efforts in 2012 and 2014, to create six California states.

The Cal 3 initiative comes with interest growing in plans to break up or break off California.




The only solution, he maintains, is smaller governments better equipped to respond to residents' specific needs depending on the region of California where they live.

State lawmakers, individual counties and imaginative wealthy people such as Draper have tried more than 200 times to hatch plans to either slice the state into pieces or secede from the union entirely, according to the Los Angeles Times. Each of the three new states would have to adopt a new constitution by convention or popular vote.

In a letter explaining the initiative Draper stated California has become almost ungovernable and numerous regions of the state are inadequately represented in Sacramento.

"The California state government isn't too big to fail, because it is already failing its citizens in so many crucial ways", Peggy Grande, a spokesperson for Citizens for Cal 3 campaign, said in a Tuesday statement.

Northern California, containing the 40 northern-most counties - including Sacramento and San Franciso - stretching from the OR border to Merced County. It would divide the population of the state roughly into even parts.

"While this measure anticipates action to divide California's debts and secure congressional approval within two years after voter approval, it would be hard for this timeline to be put into practice", the state report concluded.

Breaking up the state would add four new members to the Senate.

College students from Northern California who go to school in Los Angeles (and vice versa) would also be affected.

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