If you live in California and found a measure on your ballot this November to divide California into three separate states, how would you vote?
Last November, we reported:
“A new effort is being launched to divide California into 3 separate states. The plan is the idea of Timothy Draper, a billionaire venture capitalist who purchased a huge amount of bitcoins from a US Marshall’s auction. The bitcoins had been seized and placed up for auction when Draper bought them up.”
“Draper’s proposal to form three states, Northern California, Southern California and California, has cleared his first legal hurdle, allowing him to begin to collect signatures to the measure on the 2018 ballot. In order to get the measure on the ballot, he needs to collect 365,880 signatures and turn them in county election officials by April 23, 2018.”
“Draper believes that the changes to prisons, transportation, water, higher education health and retirement systems would be healthier and better for the people by being run by three smaller state governments. In his proposal, the current state assets and liabilities would be equally divided among the three states.”
In the proposal, California would consist of the following counties: Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
Southern California would consist of the following counties: Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Tulane.
Northern California would consist of the following counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.
Draper’s initiative, dubbed CAL 3, required 366,000 signatures on petitions in order to appear on this November’s ballot. This past Thursday, Draper announced that he had collected more than 600,000 signatures.
In a statement, Draper commented:
“This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create
three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional
Not only have most skeptics given Draper’s CAL 3 the remotest chance of ever passing but they also said there was no chance whatsoever that he would be able to collect enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Those skeptics had to be shocked to hear that Draper collected several hundred thousand signatures than needed to meet the ballot requirements.
In today’s uncertain society, it would not be surprising to see CAL 3 on the ballot and for it possibly get enough votes to pass.
If for some surprising reason CAL 3 is approved, the initiative of dividing California into 3 states has to be approved by Congress. The last time this happened was in 1863 when Virginia was divided to create the new state of West Virginia.
What that mean for the people of today’s California?
Northern California should benefit the most as they have fewer low-income families and fewer illegal aliens. It is also home to Silicon Valley which some say is the heart of America’s technology. There is also a lot of agriculture in Northern California, especially vineyards and home of many California wines.
Southern California would contain the bulk of the San Joaquin Valley, considered by many as being the most fertile agricultural area in the entire nation. A lot of produce consumed by the American people is grown in the San Joaquin Valley.
One thing is for certain, CAL 3 will help make the 2018 midterm elections more important than they already are.