Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Plan To Split California Into Three States Earns Spot On November Ballot

A proposal to split California has qualified for the ballot in November  CBS LOS ANGELES A proposal to split California has qualified for the ballot in November CBS LOS ANGELES
Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2018, 04:54

California: This will be considered the new state which includes Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties.

It's not the first attempt to split up California.

The GOP has all but conceded California in recent presidential races.

Even if California voters supported the proposal in November, the California legislature would still have to vote in favor of it. But opponents say creating three states will do nothing to solve California's economic and political problems.

The ramifications for the Senate are mixed.

Analysts from the University of Virginia's Center for Politics predict that the new California and Northern California would be Democratic-leaning, while Southern California would be a swing state. The newly proposed Southern California includes traditionally Republican areas such as Orange County. That would dilute the power of other states and increase the power of what used to be a single state if its six senators banded together on various issues.

An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California.

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

But there's many reasons to be skeptical that voters will choose to split the state. "It's pretty risky at best".

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Draper has reasons for wanting to slice and dice his home state.

"There would be no need", said Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for the opposition. "Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", he wrote.

"I don't think anybody can look at this measure and not crack a smile", said Mr. Sragow, a fifth-generation Californian.

If approved by voters in November, it would still have to be approved by both houses of the state legislature, and then the US Congress.

Californians will vote in November to decide if they want to split into three states.

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

The California State flag flies beside a sign for Los Angeles' sister city Split outside City Hall, in LA in 2017.

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

Earlier this year, Robert Preston and Tom Reed put forward their own proposal calling for splitting California into two because the state had become "ungovernable" because of high taxes.