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Proposal to split California into 3 states will be on November ballot

Proposal to split California into 3 states will be on November ballot

Californians will vote in November to decide if they want to split into three states.

Backers of CAL 3 said last month they collected and delivered 600,000 signatures to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla's Office, surpassing the 365,000 required by law to qualify for the ballot.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper has spent the last six years promoting his radical plan to cut California into pieces, but for a long time no one took him seriously.

Southern California - This would include 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens".

A movement to divide California into three states edged closer to reality this week.

The proposal aims to invoke Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the provision guiding how an existing state can be divided into new states. And one of those states, based on past election results, could be won by a Republican.

Draper spent more than $5 million on the effort to carve California into six states, which failed to land on the ballot in 2014.

The breakup would also likely be challenged in court and would need congressional approval, a tough get in today's hyperpartisan Washington. "Californians deserve a better future".

The plan calls for three states to be created: Northern California, California and Southern California. Republicans won't like the addition of four USA senators - at least two of whom would likely be Democrats - which would dilute the built-in advantage their small-state strength now gives them in the upper chamber.

"Northern California" would feature Sacramento, San Francisco and a chunk of the state extending to the OR border.

State officials say eligible ballot measures will become qualified on the 131st day prior to the next statewide general election. The new states would then make their own decisions about taxes and spending. Another group proposes the creation of another state called New California, comprising mostly inland counties, over grievances of high-state taxes, regulation and single party politics.

In November there will be a ballot measure calling for breaking up California into three separate states.

The proposal would see California shrunk down to its coastal areas between Los Angeles and Sonoma Counties.

-California would have approximately 12.3 million residents and would be centered around Los Angeles County.