‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

"If I were a Republican, I might say, 'Well, this could be our turf'".

Draper unsuccessfully attempted to create six California states in 2012 and 2014, collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures for the 2014 initiative. That day may not come: according to an April poll from Survey USA, voters weren't in favor of splitting the state, with a huge four-to-one margin.

As outlined in the initiative, the new state of California would consist of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties.

For one thing, the very California legislature that people like Draper consider hopelessly sclerotic and interest-group-driven would have to approve it.

The GOP has all but conceded California in recent presidential races. There have been previous attempts to turn California into six smaller states and even separate from the U.S.

The ramifications for the Senate are mixed.

With slightly more than 39 million people, California is the most populous state in the nation.

The new California would have a per capita income of $53,000 and southern California around $45,000.

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"That is a risk Democrats in California and Washington, D.C., will be loath to run", he said. "We all know that the law of unintended consequences is alive and well". Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom brushed off the proposal at a California Democratic Party event on Wednesday.

"This milestone is a testament to the energized spirit of Californians wanting to create a better future for themselves and their communities", Citizens for Cal 3 spokesperson Peggy Grande said.

An opposition effort called OneCalifornia argues the proposal would cause "political chaos" and greater inequality.

"The trend line is going against them", Mr. Maviglio said. They were angry because they felt that state government was neglecting infrastructure needs in their rural parts of the state. I don't see how the numbers could work out.

Once approved, the measure would require the governor to notify Congress on January 1, 2019, and request a vote on the proposed California split within 12 months of that date.

California elections officials certified on Tuesday that Draper's so-called Cal3 initiative had won enough signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot, the first step in a politically complicated, uphill fight to ultimately break apart the most populous US state.

"Meaningful improvement has proven impossible through the Sacramento system of top-down control", said the Cal 3 website.

From there, the plan would need congressional approval. 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.

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