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

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

The proposal got more than the required number of signatures in Tuesday's primary, qualifying it to appear on the November ballot. President Donald Trump's victory in 2016 led to a ballot movement to have California secede from the U.S. That effort failed to gain enough signatures last year but was started again this year, CNBC reported.

Draper's plan would loop the Central Coast in with Los Angeles in one state simply called "California".

Northern Californians looking to run away from Sacramento and San Francisco to join the state of Jefferson will be severely disappointed as the proposal draws the line for Northern California all the way past the current state capital.

Should Congress go along, the measure also would require the state Legislature to divide and transform the existing state into the three new states.

Graphic of the State of California shows the divisions of a proposed initiative to split the state into three states.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist and all-around busybody Ted Draper is back with another effort to chop up California into allegedly more manageable portions. Southern California would include 12 counties, including areas as north as Madera and Fresno counties, Bakersfield, Riverside and San Diego. It could easily be bankrolled by some of the state's most powerful forces, especially those aligned with Democratic leaders.

"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.

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The plan to divide California.

A California split is a long shot, to say the least. In the unlikely event the measure is approved, the change would be the first division of an existing USA state since the creation of West Virginia in 1863.

Last October, the state's nonpartisan Legislative Analysts Office (LAO) released a review of Draper's plan.

Not many Californians are on board thus far, however.

"This measure would cost taxpayers billions of dollars to pay for the massive transactional costs of breaking up the state, whether it be universities, parks, or retirement systems", Maviglio said via Twitter.

An April poll from Survey USA found that voters were not in favor of splitting the state by a margin of 4 to 1.

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