14 June, 2018
A plan to divide California into three states will appear on the November ballot after the campaign received more than 600,000 signatures.
The initiative has been spearheaded and funded by billionaire venture capitalist, Tim Draper, who said splitting California into three states would "emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity".
The initiative proposes dividing the state into Southern California, from San Diego to Fresno; Northern California, from OR to Santa Cruz County; and California, which would consist of the six counties between Los Angeles and Monterey along the coastline. "I think that a proposal such as Mr. Draper's may constitute an attempt to create a "revision" to rather than an "amendment" of California's Constitution, which would require a more involved process than the simple gathering of signatures and placement on the ballot Mr. Draper is pursuing", Amar said in a blog post last August.
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. Three smaller states would change that equation, which worries some Democrats.
If Cal 3 passes in November, it would be the first existing US state to split since West Virginia was officially recognized by the government in 1863. State filings show he paid consultants and law firms almost $560,000 past year for work related to the proposal.
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See below for the total number of signatures collected in each California county.
For several years, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Timothy Draper has sought to break up California, citing its unwieldy size as damaging to the state's schools, livability and the economy. "Californians deserve a better future". The plan calls for the state to be divided like this: North of Monterey would be the state of Northern California.
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"At our most recent convention, our delegates overwhelmingly accepted the recommendation of our Initiatives Committee to oppose this measure", said California GOP spokesman Matthew Fleming.
"The growing discontent with the ineffectiveness of the current state government system is apparent with the success of this first step", Grande said. Going into the 2016 elections, he was trying (unsuccessfully) to get a ballot initiative certified that would have aimed at creating six Californias.
Last summer, Draper formally submitted the three-states proposal. "And risk aversion looms large in these matters, which helps explain why no new states have been added to the United States in over 50 years, and no new state has been created out of an existing state for more than 150 years", he wrote.