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His measure to divide California into three states has qualified for the November 2018 ballot .Photo: Max Whittaker/Prime / Special 3of22Venture capitalist Tim Draper sports a tie depicting his vision of dividing California into six separate states during a press conference at the County of
For the first time since before the Civil War, voters across California will decide in November on a proposal to split up the Golden State — potentially
Voters will get a chance to decide whether three Californias are better than one now that an initiative calling forwill be on the November ballot.
Tim Draper, a Bay Area venture capitalist, bankrolled the effort and turned in far more than the 365,880 valid signatures needed to put the measure, known ason the ballot. The signature verification was completed Tuesday.
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The California Secretary of State ’s office says the straightforwardly named measure Division Of California Into Three States has reached enough SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A proposal to split California has qualified for the ballot in November . The California Secretary of State ’s office says
This is really happening: Measure to split California into three states qualifies for November ballot . For the first time since before the Civil War, voters across California will decide in November on a proposal to split up the Golden State — potentially remaking it into three new states .
“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. “Three new states could become models not only for the rest of the country, but for the whole world.”
The opposition already is forming. NoCABreakup, which is led by former Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabien Núñez, is gearing up to battle the split-state plan.
“California government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality,”a consultant for the opposition effort. “Splitting California into three new states will triple the amount of special interests, lobbyists, politicians and bureaucracy.”
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A legendary Silicon Valley investor wants to split California into 3 states , and his proposal just qualified for the November ballot . The measure received more than 400,000 valid signatures, thanks to support from the legendary Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper.
A proposal to split California has qualified for the ballot in November . The California Secretary of State ’s office says the straightforwardly named measure Division Of California Into Three States has reached enough signatures. When a person or group backing a measure says it has enough
This isn’t Draper’s first venture into redrawing California’s boundaries. In 2014, he spent $5.2 million in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to qualify a state constitutional amendment that would have
He acknowledged that six Californias was probably a step too far for most voters, but believes a one-for-three shift would be more palatable.
The plan now calls for dividing the state into California, which would run from Los Angeles north along the coast to Monterey; Southern California, which would go from San Diego and Orange County north past Fresno to Madera County; and Northern California, which would encompass everything from Santa Cruz north, including the Bay Area and Sacramento.
All those states aren’t created equal, especially when it comes to public facilities, including colleges and universities, prisons and water projects. If the initiative passes, the existing Legislature will have to decide the best way to split everything in the state, from college students and prisoners to state workers, retirees and the cash in the budget.
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This fall, California voters will decide if the Golden State should be split into three separate states . Known as “CAL 3,” the proposal pushed by local capital investor Tim Draper has gained the necessary signatures required to get on the November ballot , the Secretary of the State ’s office confirmed on
The California Secretary of State ’s office says the straightforwardly named measure Division Of California Into Three States has reached enough signatures. When a person or group backing a measure says it has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot , those signatures are turned over for
“The effects that California’s split would have on the new state governments would depend on decisions by the existing state’s Legislature in splitting up California’s assets and liabilities, as well as decisions by the new states’ leaders,” Mac Taylor, California’s legislative analyst,on the financial and legal effects of the initiative.
Even if the initiative passes, California’s breakup is no sure thing. Under the Constitution, the Legislature also must approve the creation of the three new states before the plan can be submitted to Congress for approval. The last time that happened was in 1863, when West Virginia split from Virginia during the Civil War.
The Cal 3 website brushes aside those concerns.
“Once voters say YES to Cal 3, the state legislature — if they reflect the will of the people — will recommend the Cal 3 plan to the U.S. Congress, which will decide whether or not to support the self-determination of Californians,” according to the website.
Self-determination, however, can count for less than the politics that would follow the creation of two new states, each with a new pair of senators. Way back in 1859, for example, the Legislature agreed, after a vote by Southern California, to split the state in two at the Tehachapi Mountains. But although the state sent the partition request to Congress, no action was taken.
“I don’t think there would be any appetite for adding four Democratic senators in a Republican-controlled Congress,” said Maviglio, a spokesman for the opposition.
Then there are the guaranteed legal battles, including the question of whether a simple initiative — and not a constitutional amendment, which would have required Draper to collect more signatures — is enough to set these major changes in motion.
But for Draper, who has been the driving force and deep pockets behind the initiative, the hard part is over. With the split-state plan on the ballot, the discussion of how best to update California — or three Californias — now can begin.
John Wildermuth is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email:
Californians divided on whether, how to ... divide .
The movement to slice up the state of California is reeling from internal clashes over what’s the best way to rearrange the state. The Cal 3 measure, which seeks to break up America’s most populous state into three smaller states, recently gathered enough support to earn the right to appear on the Nov. 6 state election ballot, giving voters a historic chance to improve their representation on the national level.