Three state split would create multitude of new issues, political analyst says

Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

On Tuesday, elections officials said a sample of the signatures projects more than 402,468 of them are valid - more than enough to be included on a November ballot that could see as many as 16 propositions by the deadline for certification later this month.

Fox40 in Sacramento reports that the measure is sponsored by a Silicon Valley billionaire, Tim Draper.

Draper's initiative calls for the division of California into the new states of "California", "Northern California" and "Southern California".

Draper's plan creates three states anchored by major cities: California (Los Angeles), North California (San Francisco), and South California (San Diego).

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"The people we talked to are looking for better education for their children, a better job environment, safer, cleaner water and highways, lower taxes, and a business climate that doesn't push their companies out of the state", said Draper, who previously tried unsuccessfully to qualify a ballot measure that would have broken California into six states.

According to California's Secretary of State office, the initiative is one of four that are eligible for placement on the November ballot.

Vikram Amar, a professor and dean of the College of Law at the University of IL in Urbana-Champaign, said California's conservative-leaning inland empire (which would be part of the new Southern California) could swing Republican. Though California's prisoners come from all over the state, more than half are now held in what would become Southern California. Another group proposes the creation of another state called New California, comprising mostly inland counties, over grievances of high-state taxes, regulation and single party politics.

A nascent opposition campaign already is sounding the more practical alarms about splitting California into three states. The government interpreted language in the U.S. Constitution to mean that both the state Legislature (in that instance in West Virginia) and Congress had to approve before a state is split into two or more states. "And risk aversion looms large in these matters, which helps explain why no new states have been added to the United States in over 50 years, and no new state has been created out of an existing state for more than 150 years", he wrote.

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"That's what we want out of California because we want political representations so we can conduct our own lives the way we want to", Baird said.

"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.

The reasons for wanting to split California up?

Draper had previously pushed for dividing California into 6 states - that measure failed four years ago when numerous signatures gathered were deemed invalid by the state.

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Where California now has two seats in the 100-person U.S. Senate, the three states would have six seats in a 104-member chamber. The state's elaborate system of aqueducts would become a managerial-and political-challenge for three states instead of just one.

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