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"Three Californias" initiative qualifies for November ballot

13 June 2018

But opponents say creating three states will do nothing to solve California's economic and political problems.

And in the far north region of California, some residents have pushed to form a new state with parts of southern OR, and wouldn't be keen on being lumped together with liberal San Francisco as envisioned by Draper's map.

California, which would be made up of Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Southern California: This would have 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernadino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Imperial counties.

What do you think of the proposal?

Venture Capitalist Tim Draper is behind the initiative.

It got more than the required number of signatures in Tuesday's primary.

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But Draper contends that the state needs a change and cutting it up into three parts is the solution.

The initiative proposes the state to be split into three new states: California, Northern California and Southern California.

State officials say eligible ballot measures will become qualified on the 131st day prior to the next statewide general election. According to the secretary of state's site, the measure needed 365,880 signatures and had gathered 419,462 valid signatures by Tuesday.

If the unlikely plan is successful, it would be the first time an existing US state split since West Virginia was created in 1863. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens".

Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, legislators put forth various proposals to split California in half or in thirds but none ever quite gained enough momentum.

Even if voters embrace the radical plan, it wouldn't take effect without congressional approval. Joe Rodota, a political consultant and founder of intelligence services company Forward Observer, described the ballot to CBS as "a waste of time", and one that makes some issues unnecessarily complicated.