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Proposal to split California into 3 states will be on November ballot

14 June 2018
Proposal to split California into 3 states will be on November ballot

"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.

The California secretary of state's office on Tuesday certified that the ballot measure had received more than 402,468 valid signatures. California, admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850, has faced more than 200 attempts at boundary reconfiguration, divisions and even secession over the course of its history, the report said.

Draper is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist known for investing in companies such as Skype, Tesla and Hotmail and has poured millions of dollars into efforts to break up California. Dividing it into three smaller Californias, he claims, would lead to "better decision making", "a dramatically more effective education system", and "more reliable roads".

"It will simply divide the state into smaller, more manageable populations".

The proposal aims to invoke Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the provision guiding how an existing state can be divided into new states.

Los Angeles County would anchor the six counties that retained the name California under the longshot proposal, a state that would extend northward along the coast to Monterey County.

Southern California would be made up of Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Tulare counties.

Northern Californians looking to run away from Sacramento and San Francisco to join the state of Jefferson will be severely disappointed as the proposal draws the line for Northern California all the way past the current state capital.

What are the chances of this happening? The Golden State's population would be divided nearly equally among the three new states.

Supporters say the state has grown too large to meet the needs of Californians. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens".

Last summer, Draper formally submitted the three-states proposal.

Draper previously proposed splitting the state into six separate states in 2012 and 2014, but election officials invalidated numerous signatures his campaign collected, the Hill reported.

Last year, an effort dubbed Calexit sought to bring the question of whether California should secede from the United States to this year's ballot. But the Russia-based leader of that campaign backed off.

But even if people vote for the plan, it still requires Congressional approval. Southern California depends more on manufacturing and wholesale, and has a median household income of $45,000.

"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.