Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Plan to Break Up California Makes Fall Ballot - Hit & Run

Plan to Break Up California Makes Fall Ballot - Hit & Run

- An initiative to split California into three states qualified for the November ballot Tuesday.

"Splitting California into three new states will triple the amount of special interests, lobbyists, politicians and bureaucracy".

Northern Californians looking to run away from Sacramento and San Francisco to join the state of Jefferson will be severely disappointed as the proposal draws the line for Northern California all the way past the current state capital. The proposal calls for three states to be formed: Northern California, roughly the Bay Area to the OR border; California, which would include six coastal counties, including Los Angeles, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura; and Southern California, which would go from Fresno to San Diego, excluding those six coastal counties.

Southern California would take in San Diego as well as San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties.

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If the proposed measure was to be passed, the division of California would be subject to approval by Congress, according to Cal3.

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The plan for partitioning California would be parallel to other states that have been partitioned, including the Dakotas, the Carolinas, and the Virginias.

According to Draper, the most populous US state and the world's fifth-largest economy is "nearly ungovernable" under the current system. Southern California depends more on manufacturing and wholesale, and has a median household income of $45,000.

The new initiative will be certified by the California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, on June 28 and will appear on the ballot in November.

Critics of the initiative say having three Californias would actually diminish the power of Democrats.

On Tuesday night, Draper's campaign spokesperson, Grande, pointed to recent rankings from U.S. News and World report showing California ranked 50th for quality of life, 43rd for fiscal stability and 26th for education.

Voters supported breaking up California into two states in 1859, but Congress never moved forward with the proposal. Joe Rodota, a political consultant and founder of intelligence services company Forward Observer, described the ballot to CBS as "a waste of time", and one that makes some issues unnecessarily complicated.

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