Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

"Three Californias" initiative qualifies for November ballot


The proposal would split America's largest state into three: California would be reduced to a coastal strip running south from Monterey to just past Los Angeles.

The northern part of the state (including San Francisco and current state capitol Sacramento) would become Northern California.

The southern state would comprise Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, and Mono.

40 counties stretching from the Bay area to the OR border; California, made up of the six coastal counties including Los Angeles, Monterey and Santa Barbara; and Southern California, a 12-county area of the state from Fresno to San Diego, excluding the six coastal counties. The next statewide general election is set to take place on November 6.

The proposal was spearheaded by a venture capitalist who says regional communities would function better.

It would be the first division of an existing USA state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

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

Constitutional lawyer and professor Jonathan Turley had told CNN that congressional approval is not impossible, but not likely to happen, as Democrats could feel they have too much to lose. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.

Under the proposal, each state would have about one-third of the state population. It received more than 402,468 valid signatures, more than the amount required by state law, thanks to an ambitious campaign, called Cal 3, and financial backing from the early investor in Tesla, Skype, and Hotmail.

Present day California is the world's fifth biggest economy with a GSP (gross state product) of $2.75 trillion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, making it bigger than the United Kingdom economy.

This isn't the first time that Draper attempted to get an initiative to break apart the most populous state.

Last year, an effort dubbed Calexit sought to bring the question of whether California should secede from the U.S. to this year's ballot.

"California's government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality".


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