Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot

Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla filed a memo Tuesday saying that initiative #1814 had received more than 402,468 valid signatures - more than the 365,880 needed to qualify to get on the ballot - across the state's 58 counties. The Constitution grants general state-creation powers to Congress in Article IV, Section 3, under the Admissions Clause, which says that "New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress".

"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 past year.

In November, California residents will get their chance to vote on his latest proposal: to divide the world's fifth-largest economy into three separate states.

California would include Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Now Californians are set to vote on the "Division of California into Three States" initiative in November.

With slightly more than 39 million people, California is the most populous state in the nation. Southern California would include much of our part of the Central Valley, from Madera County down to San Diego County. Were voters to approve his ballot measure, the effort would need the blessing of both houses of the California Legislature - lawmakers who, in a sense, would be asked to abandon their posts.

The last time an existing state split up, it was the 1860s and a civil war broke out. Critics said some of the more rural regions would suffer from extraordinary rates of poverty as individual states, while coastal communities flourished in new, smaller states where the lion's share of California tax revenue is generated. He says dividing state parks and the education system would be costly and a logistical nightmare.

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According to Draper, the most populous USA state and the world's fifth-largest economy is "nearly ungovernable" under the current system. For a variety of reasons, that seemed to be way too many new states for most people.

This is not the first attempt to break California apart.

"That's what we want out of California because we want political representations so we can conduct our own lives the way we want to", Baird said.

"Awesome, Cal 3 right", said Tim Draper.

"You have Northern California's marijuana growers, you have the Bay Area and Los Angeles for the consumers - in-between, we're dead", he said.

A CNN analysis in April found that even if California split into three states, it would still be underrepresented in the Senate compared with most of the US.

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