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

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The Sacramento Bee reported that Draper's more ambitious ballot proposal to chop up California into six states died in 2014 when he failed to get enough signatures. And the last time California voted to split - in 1859 voters chose to split the state into two - Congress never acted, according to the Mercury News.

A second state, Southern California or a name to be chosen by its residents, would consist of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera and Mono counties.

If it were to pass, San Luis Obispo County and the rest of the Central Coast would retain the name California under the proposal, which would also include Monterey, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Benito and Ventura counties.

According to a letter from the state's Legislative Analyst's Office, the new states will face income disparities, in addition to "virtually certain" court challenges that could take years to resolve.

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If the plan was approved by the voters, it would need to be approved by both houses of the California legislature, an unlikely prospect. Californians voted for it to appear on the ballot in November's general election.

Dakota, Virginia and Carolina could soon be joined by California. Southern California depends more on manufacturing and wholesale, and has a median household income of $45,000. Three smaller states would change that equation, which could make a lot of Democrats just as nervous as the idea of four new senators would make Republicans nervous. It would divide the population of the state roughly into even parts.

Stephen Lam / Reuters This is the third time Tim Draper, above, has tried to split up California. It received more than 402,468 valid signatures, more than the amount required by state law, thanks to an ambitious campaign, called Cal 3, and financial backing from the early investor in Tesla, Skype, and Hotmail.

You might have heard the buzz around CalExit - efforts to have California secede from the nation. "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".

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