Proposal to split California into three states makes November ballot

Proposal to split California into three states makes November ballot

The new initiative will be certified by the California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, on June 28 and will appear on the ballot in November. Southern California would begin in Fresno and cover most of the southern state.

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.

"Southern California" would include San Diego and most of the Central Valley.

California governments would be served by three smaller state governments.

One of the many, many efforts to break up the state of California into smaller, more governable chunks has made it onto the November ballot. It ultimately did not receive enough valid petition signatures, according to the L.A. Times.

If the proposed measure was to be passed, the division of California would be subject to approval by Congress, according to Cal3. Five other counties to the north and along the coast would be included.

In a statement, Cal 3 spokeswoman Peggy Grande said: "The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed".

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A nascent opposition campaign already is sounding the more practical alarms about splitting California into three states. "Californians deserve a better future".

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"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", Steven Maviglio, a political consultant who helped fight Draper's past proposals, said on Twitter.

"This isn't as easy or straightforward as its supporters want to make out", Shaun Bowler, a political science professor at UC Riverside told the Mercury News.

While proposals about separating California have been bandied about for years, Golden State voters will have their say on this particular initiative in November.

If the plan was approved by the voters, it would need to be approved by both houses of the California legislature, an unlikely prospect.

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