Monday, 25 June, 2018

Plan To Split California Into Three States Earns Spot On November Ballot

Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill
Ellis Copeland | 13 June, 2018, 22:39

A controversial plan to divide California into three states has gotten enough signatures to appear on the ballot in November.

"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who sponsored the ballot measure, said in an email to The Times last summer when he formally submitted the proposal.

This comes after the group behind the idea, Cal 3, gathered enough support and delivered more than 600,000 signatures to the Secretary of State.

Northern California- This would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento.

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

If the proposed measure was to be passed, the division of California would be subject to approval by Congress, according to Cal3. It could easily be bankrolled by some of the state's most powerful forces, especially those aligned with Democratic leaders.

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One of the many, many efforts to break up the state of California into smaller, more governable chunks has made it onto the November ballot.

Draper argues that the three diverse regions would be better served by their own, smaller governments.

"CAL 3" has no connection to efforts to have California secede from the United States.

Vikram Amar, a law professor from the University of IL who had studied Draper's plan, told the Times that based on the last election, the Electoral College split by the plan would allow a Republican to win one of the states.

"California government has rotted", Draper told The Mercury News last month.

Even if Draper's measure passes the vote in November, it will still have to be authorized by Congress, which would then face the prospect of diluting their power by creating four new Senate seats. And Southern California would cover the central and southern part of the state, excluding those coastal counties.

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