Proposal to Divide California Into Three States to Appear on November Ballot

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

Californians will vote in November to decide if they want to split into three states. That initiative didn't get the required number of signatures to appear on the 2016 ballot.

The measure is being sponsored by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper who argues that the state of 38.3 million people with diverse interests has become ungovernable. If passed, the state constitution mandates both houses of the California legislature approve the proposal before it's submitted to Congress, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The bottom portion of the state, which would include San Diego and the eastern part of the state with Fresno, would become Southern California, according to a map by the Times. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens".

Scholar Vikram David Amar from the University of IL has written about the California statehood proposals. State filings show he paid consultants and law firms almost $560,000 a year ago for work related to the proposal.

In 2014, Draper failed with a similar proposal: To split the Golden State into six smaller governments.

Then the plan would have to overcome likely court challenges - and still win approval from Congress, the Hill reported.

The only solution, he maintains, is smaller governments better equipped to respond to residents' specific needs depending on the region of California where they live.

One would include Los Angeles and a swath of the coast extending north to Monterey.

Such a change would instantly make Republicans more competitive in presidential contests, giving the party a crack at winning some of California's 55 electoral votes for the first time since 1988. Any state assets that fall within a state's new boundary would be allotted to that state. "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.

He has described California as a state with crumbling bridges and roads, a struggling, underfunded education system and oppressively high taxes.

A proposal to divide California into three states is now eligible for the November statewide ballot.

"The California state government isn't too big to fail, because it is already failing its citizens in so many crucial ways", Citizens for Cal 3 campaign spokeswoman Peggy Grande said in a Tuesday statement.

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