Measure to split California into 3 states heads to ballot

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California voters will soon get the chance to vote on whether to break the state into three parts.

The California secretary of state's office on Tuesday certified that the ballot measure had received more than 402,468 valid signatures.

"This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity", Draper said in a May interview with CNN. Orange County, San Diego and inland counties would be called Southern California. More recently, a group of Californians proposed the state leave the union altogether (they called it Calexit) after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.

It was that issue - economic sustainability - that helped fell two of Draper's previous efforts in 2012 and 2014, to create six California states.

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.

As outlined in the initiative, the new state of California would consist of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties.

Map showing how California would break into three states

The ballot's leading backer, billionaire Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper, insists, however, that because the measure is using a process set up by the California constitution, the ballot measure alone would satisfy that requirement. A proposal to divide the state into three will be on the ballot in California in November.

It would also include population centers like much of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and everything north.

"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 statement, according to CNN. Draper told The Los Angeles Times in an email after he initially submitted the proposal last summer. It's been well over a half-century since a new state has been admitted to the Union, and over a century-and-a-half since an existing state was divided when West Virginia was created - and that required a civil war as a lubricant.

In 1993, Stan Statham, a Republican state assemblyman, proposed splitting the state into three parts, promoting a smaller-is-better agenda when it came to governing.

A new state, 'New California, ' would encompass the rural areas. Draper's proposal says the initiative, acting under California's constitutional power of voters to write their own laws, would serve as legislative consent.

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