Proposal to split California into 3 states goes to ballot

Posted June 14, 2018

The proposal got more than the required number of signatures in Tuesday's primary, qualifying it to appear on the November ballot.

"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", Tim Draper, the billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist who sponsored the "Cal 3" ballot measure, told the Times a year ago.

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

Still, the "Cal-3" campaign said the ballot initiative will at the very least give voters an opportunity to express dissatisfaction with the status quo.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist and all-around busybody Ted Draper is back with another effort to chop up California into allegedly more manageable portions.

The initiative, which easily cleared the signature-gathering bar, would direct the governor to ask Congress for permission to split the states into the three entities, and charge the state legislature with dividing up California's assets and liabilities. The government interpreted language in the U.S. Constitution to mean that both the state Legislature (in that instance in West Virginia) and Congress had to approve before a state is split into two or more states.

A nascent opposition campaign already is sounding the more practical alarms about splitting California into three states.

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That earlier proposal would also have reworked the US electoral map, splitting one solidly blue state into three Democratic states and three swing states, as The Washington Post wrote in 2014.

A breakup would be complex, as the state's businesses and universities - even its water system - are interconnected and dependent on one another.

"CAL 3" has no connection to efforts to have California secede from the United States. "Californians deserve a better future".

"The citizens of the whole state would be better served by three small state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities, and towns", Draper said in his statement a year ago.

It would also include population centers like much of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and everything north. "Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", he wrote.

When a person or group backing a measure says it has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, those signatures are turned over for verification. Draper told The Los Angeles Times in an email after he initially submitted the proposal last summer.

A new state, 'New California, ' would encompass the rural areas.

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