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

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2018

"Thanks to Californians from every corner of the state, the Cal 3 initiative will be on the statewide ballot this November for the first time ever", read a statement on the initiative's website.

The state got closest to dividing itself in 1859, when the state legislature and voters overwhelmingly approved a new "Territory of Colorado" to split southern California from the north.

Opponents are anxious how the state's vast resources would be divided were the state to break apart and say the proposal would harm poor regions while demarcating rich areas that generate most of California's current tax revenue.

In northernmost parts of California, rebellious souls have been flirting since 1941 with the idea of their own state called "Jefferson" which would mesh with the southern counties of Oregon.

A second state, Southern California or a name to be chosen by its residents, would consist of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera and Mono counties. The next statewide general election is set to take place on November 6.

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

It got more than the required number of signatures in Tuesday's primary.

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Breaking up the state would add four new members to the Senate.

The plan would create three differently sized regions, but all would have roughly the same population.

Stephen Lam / Reuters This is the third time Tim Draper, above, has tried to split up California.

This is the third time Draper has tried to get voters to weigh in on breaking up the most populous USA state.

Last year, an effort dubbed Calexit sought to bring the question of whether California should secede from the United States to this year's ballot.

Any effort to break up the state would still have to receive Congressional approval.

According to the proposal, this will solve issues in the state including failing school systems, high taxes, deteriorating infrastructure, and strained government.

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