Effort to split California into three states seen as unlikely

3 states update Measure To Split California Into 3 States Qualifies For November Ballot

Venture capitalist Tim Draper, the initiative's brainchild, has touted Cal 3 as a "fresh start" that will deliver improvements in education, infrastructure and tax policy, but its potential to upend the national political map by spinning off new states make it impossible to ignore the partisan implications.

California (new): This would include six counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

Election officials say this year's effort gathered the roughly 365,000 signatures it needed to land on the general election ballot.

On June 28, the Secretary of State will certify the initiative as qualified for the November ballot, unless the proponent withdraws the initiative prior to that date.

Northern California would consist of 40 counties stretching from OR south to Santa Cruz County, then east to Merced and Mariposa counties.

Northern California - This would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento.

Southern California: This would have 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernadino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Imperial counties.

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In the history of the USA, there have been four state splits. 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. State filings show he paid consultants and law firms almost $560,000 a year ago for work related to the proposal.

Draper originally floated the idea of dividing California into six states. The Cal 3 site says that three new prisons systems "will allow for innovative solutions that are much more likely to lead to rehabilitation than the status quo".

"Dems consider California to be a single golden empire, it would be hard for them to accept it as three golden empires".

"It will simply divide the state into smaller, more manageable populations".

On Facebook, we asked Californians if they agree?

"This is a chance for three fresh approaches to government", Draper said in an April interview, just before he filed the signatures with the state. California is broken. We must split this state up if any of us has a hope of surviving the debt crisis California has got us into but if its another form of tyranny for us, then no we are not in favor of it. There the measure would face an uphill battle, given that it effectively gives present-day California an additional four Senate seats and would end the Democratic lock of a state with 55 electoral votes.

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