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

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2018

He backed proposals in 2012 and 2014 to create six California states, but both initiatives fell short of gathering enough valid signatures.

The initiative proposes the state to be split into three new states: California, Northern California and Southern California.

The Bay Area would be part of a new Northern California state with a border that starts north of Monterey, runs east and north to the Nevada state line, and includes everything north to the OR border.

"Southern California" would include San Diego and most of the Central Valley.

The three new states would consist of Northern California, extending from the San Francisco Bay Area north to the OR border and east to the Nevada border; California, including Los Angeles County and extending northwest along the Central Coast; and Southern California, including San Diego and the rest of the southern part of the state.

According to a letter from the state's Legislative Analyst's Office, the new states will face income disparities, in addition to "virtually certain" court challenges that could take years to resolve. Californians voted for it to appear on the ballot in November's general election.

If the proposal passes in November, it would still need to be approved by Congress. If a majority of voters who cast ballots agree, the process would begin for the first division of an existing US state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

California gets 55 electors in the Electoral College - a powerful number that has been a huge unmovable bloc for the Democratic candidate.

Cal 3 sees this as an advantage: "Electoral College votes will be divided among the new states based on population, roughly the same as they are apportioned today, but with the additional recognition that comes with more direct and proportional influence over the Electoral College totals".

The proposal would break the nation's largest state into three, KABC reported.

Stephen Lam / Reuters This is the third time Tim Draper, above, has tried to split up California.

The CAL3 initiative has gathered 600,000 signatures, 235,000 more than required to qualify for the ballot. Southern California depends more on manufacturing and wholesale, and has a median household income of $45,000.

You might have heard the buzz around CalExit - efforts to have California secede from the nation.

"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", he explained.

Steve Maviglio, a consultant and critic of Draper's efforts, charged that the plan would lead to "political chaos", charging that it would cost each of the new states millions, the Chronicle said.

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