Cal 3: Proposal to Split Up California Qualifies for November Ballot

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will certify the initiative as qualified for the November ballot on June 28, his office said Tuesday.

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. "I think that a proposal such as Mr. Draper's may constitute an attempt to create a "revision" to rather than an "amendment" of California's Constitution, which would require a more involved process than the simple gathering of signatures and placement on the ballot Mr. Draper is pursuing", Amar said in a blog post last August.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper has spent the last six years promoting his radical plan to cut California into pieces, but for a long time no one took him seriously.

If the measure is approved by voters, it would have to be ratified by Congress, which analysts say is unlikely.

Southern California, meanwhile, would include Orange and San Diego Counties as well what's now known as California's Central Valley and Inland Empire. 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. So what would happen if they approve the three-Californias ballot measure?

A breakup would be complex, as the state's businesses and universities - even its water system - are interconnected and dependent on one another.

Draper's original plan had been to split California into six smaller states, but that campaign failed to collect enough signatures and died in 2014.

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Then the plan would have to overcome likely court challenges - and still win approval from Congress, the Hill reported. Each of the three new states would have to adopt a new constitution by convention or popular vote.

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

Californians have talked about breaking up with themselves ever since California became a state in 1850.

A proposal to split California into three states will be on California's November ballot. 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 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".

-California would have approximately 12.3 million residents and would be centered around Los Angeles County.

While voters will get to decide on the measure, it faces an uphill battle regardless of the outcome.

  • Sonia Alvarado