Proposal to split California into three states makes November ballot

Time Draper speaks after announcement of 600,000 signatures to put plan to partition California into three states in San Mateo California

In the memo from Alex Padilla, his office confirmed that Initiative: #1814, Related to the Division of California would appear on the "November 6, 2018, General Election ballot and all further signature verification can be terminated".

The measure, which qualified Tuesday for the November 6 ballot, would divide California into three states, including one dubbed "Southern California" that would include San Diego, Orange County and the Central Valley - but not Los Angeles - for a jurisdiction with real red-state possibilities.

The initiative was spearheaded by a venture capitalist who says regional communities would function better.

If voters approve the measure, it would still have to be ratified by Congress.

A CNN analysis in April found that even if California split into three states, it would still be underrepresented in the Senate compared with most of the US.

A nascent opposition campaign already is sounding the more practical alarms about splitting California into three states.

"It will simply divide the state into smaller, more manageable populations".

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

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

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Californians have long debated whether they were better as a whole or in parts.

California would include Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

It is not Draper's first attempt to divide 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. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.

But there's many reasons to be skeptical that voters will choose to split the state.

He has described California as a state with crumbling bridges and roads, a struggling, underfunded education system and oppressively high taxes.

Northern California- This would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento.

College students from Northern California who go to school in Los Angeles (and vice versa) would also be affected.

Republicans dismissing the "three Californias" ballot initiative as another nutty idea from Left Coast liberals might want to take a closer look at the proposed state lines.

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