November Ballot to Include a Proposition on Breaking California Into Three States

November Ballot to Include a Proposition on Breaking California Into Three States

Kerry Wise
June 14, 2018

A dramatic proposal to split California into three separate states has gathered enough signatures to appear on the ballot during the upcoming midterm elections in November.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will certify the initiative as qualified for the November ballot on June 28, his office said Tuesday.

The CAL 3 proposal would split California into three new states: Northern California, California and Southern California.

Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper wants to split California into three different states.

California as we know it could end soon, if voters approve a ballot measure in November.

"Southern California" would include San Diego and most of the Central Valley. More recently, a group of Californians proposed the state leave the union altogether (they called it Calexit) after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.

A movement to divide California into three states edged closer to reality this week.

Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline from the Marin Headlands above Sausalito Calif. An initiative that seeks to split California into three states is projected to qualify for the state's Novemb

Turning one state into three would create four new USA senators, a move that would significantly boost Californians' influence in Washington. State filings show he paid consultants and law firms almost $560,000 a year ago for work related to the proposal.

Draper used to advocate for creating six separate states from California - including one just for Silicon Valley and one state that would be entirely inland.

Even if voters embrace the radical plan, it wouldn't take effect without congressional approval.

Santa Clarita and the rest of Los Angeles County would remain in California under the proposed split, along with Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito Counties.

The state of Northern California would contain 40 counties, including those in the Sacramento and Bay areas. Creating two more Californias would add four more California members to the U.S. Senate, something those who already think California wields outsize influence would loathe.

In 2014, amid his attempt to divvy up the state into what vaguely resembled a six-piece jigsaw puzzle, Stephen Colbert invited him on the show to discuss what Colbert called a "rock solid plan that needs no further explanation" and "a great new plan to make California whole again by breaking it apart". "This isn't about politics - this is about sustainable solutions to intractable issues that impact Californians every day - like our local schools, infrastructure and government responsiveness". Supporters say splitting the state up would create a more representative system of government. College students who live in cities like Fresno may balk at being charged out-of-state tuition at University of California, Los Angeles.

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