Initiative to Break California Into 3 States to Go on November Ballot


After more than 150 years of failed partition proposals, California voters will finally go to the polls to decide whether they want to relinquish their monopoly of the Pacific Coast and become three new states.

According to California's Secretary of State office, the initiative is one of four that are eligible for placement on the November ballot. It would also include population centers like much of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and everything north.

Southern California: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties.

"The unanimous support for CAL 3 from all 58 of California's counties to reach this unprecedented milestone in the legislative process is the signal that across California, we are united behind CAL 3 to create a brighter future for everyone", Draper said in a statement in April after the signatures were collected.

Steven Maviglio, a longtime Democratic Party political consultant who is a spokesman for OneCalifornia, the campaign against the initiative, said, "California 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".

"If some people feel that their government isn't working for them - and I know a lot of people in very poor regions feel that the status quo is not working for them - this would be an opportunity for them to easily move to another state without leaving the lovely weather we get here", he said. He and backers also argue that voters outside of large urban areas such as Los Angeles are underserved in Sacramento because so many state lawmakers come from major cities.

The California State flag flies beside a sign for Los Angeles' sister city Split outside City Hall in LA in 2017. A proposal to divide the state into three will be on the ballot in California in November
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Draper, known for his early investments in companies like Hotmail, had been pushing this initiative for years, but never amassed enough signatures.

Some California residents are trying to split up the state - again.

The proposal aims to invoke Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the provision guiding how an existing state can be divided into new states. Southern California depends more on manufacturing and wholesale, and has a median household income of $45,000.

If the measure is approved by voters, it would have to be ratified by Congress, which analysts say is unlikely. Dividing it into three smaller Californias, he claims, would lead to "better decision making", "a dramatically more effective education system", and "more reliable roads". His first proposal, in 2014 suggested the state breaking into six, not three, but this was rejected.

Cal3 noted that if the ballot is passed, Congress would have to approve the state's division.

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