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Initiative to Break California Into 3 States Fails Before It Begins

By Indri Schaelicke | United States

Last year, California venture capitalist Tim Draper announced a plan that would break California into three separate states. The Northern region of California would become North California, the Southern portion, South California, and a strip of land along the coast, including Los Angeles would be California.

Break California: A Representative Government

The idea was a solution to what many view as a currently ineffective and unrepresentative state government. Citizens of California feel that the elected officials of in their state government do not represent them. Many counties in California typically go Republican during presidential elections. However, because of the large concentration of Democrats in urban areas, the state reliably goes blue. This causes the state to favor policies that benefit those in urban areas, rather than those in the rural counties.

Beyond failing to accurately represent and address their needs, however, the sheer size of California means that elected officials cannot quickly and effectively address issues that the public faces. This frustrates many citizens, who reason that a more localized government will better serve their needs.

The Bureaucratic Process

The first step to break California into three was to collect 365,880 signatures from registered voters in California. Tim Draper and his team collected 600,000, enough to place the issue on the ballot for the 2018 midterm election.

On Wednesday however, Draper’s plan hit a snag, as the California Supreme Court wrote thatsignificant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity. This unanimous decision directs the Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, to not place the proposition on the ballot.

So, though they did collect enough signatures, the vote will not occur this fall.

The dreams of Tim Draper and his supporters must wait at least another two years before they have a chance to become a reality.


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California Split: Analyzing The “Three California” Possibility

Nick Hamilton | United States

For some people, one California was enough.

However, after a petition, named “CAL 3” was completed by venture capitalist Tim Draper reached enough signatures, we may see three new states on the West Coast if this motion is on the ballot and it’s passed by voters in November.

The three new states would all be inside California’s current state boundaries, with the Los Angeles area and some surrounding cities to the south being called, “Cal,” the Northern part of California being called “NorCal,” and the southern part being, you guessed it, “SoCal.”

But let’s think about this for a second. While yes, this may intend to give these culturally different places statehood, we must remember something. California is a Democratic state by far, and it’s not even close. While the “NorCal” region (minus San Francisco and Oakland) tends to be more conservative than other areas, it’s not crazy to think that this may strengthen California’s power overall. Instead of having two seats in the Senate, the geographical region of California would hold six. This could be a threat to the Republican Party for sure. Also, we need to figure out how their electoral voting system will work. While NorCal flipping conservative one of these elections is possible, which would be fantastic for the Republicans, these three states shouldn’t have more than 55 electoral votes combined. If they get more, that’s a power surge.

At the moment, this looks to be a huge win for the Democrats if this ends up becoming a thing. However, the Republicans can mold this into their favor as well, if they can manage to express enough influence in the NorCal region to flip it red. Nonetheless, splitting California into thirds has its benefits and its cons. One major benefit, of course, is added power in the US Senate. It’s inevitable. However, the chances of this happening are quite slim. This would require congressional approval, which is unlikely to happen.

Draper argues that one state government controlling this many people is to blame for California’s homelessness, and their awful education system. While again, the chances of this happening are slim to none, it should be very interesting to see how this plays out.

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