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Proposal to divide California into 3 states will be on November ballot

Proposal to divide California into 3 states will be on November ballot

- An initiative to split California into three states qualified for the November ballot Tuesday.

"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", Tim Draper, the billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist who sponsored the "Cal 3" ballot measure, told the Times past year.

Cal 3, as this campaign is called, would create the states of Northern California, Southern California and a narrow central coast strip retaining the name California, as described on the website.

The state got closest to dividing itself in 1859, when the state legislature and voters overwhelmingly approved a new "Territory of Colorado" to split southern California from the north. Orange County, San Diego and inland counties would be called Southern California. Three smaller states would change that equation, which worries some Democrats.

Turning one state into three would create four new USA senators, a move that would significantly boost Californians' influence in Washington. The measure aims to create states with relatively equal populations and economic strengths.

Draper spent more than $5 million on the effort to carve California into six states, which failed to land on the ballot in 2014.

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For several years, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Timothy Draper has sought to break up California, citing its unwieldy size as damaging to the state's schools, livability and the economy.

Californians have long debated whether they were better as a whole or in parts.

The proposal would split America's largest state into three: California would be reduced to a coastal strip running south from Monterey to just past Los Angeles.

It cleared its first hurdle in October when Draper was given the go-ahead to find signatures so the initiative could make it to the ballot, according to the Deseret News. Republicans won't like the addition of four US senators - at least two of whom would likely be Democrats - which would dilute the built-in advantage their small-state strength now gives them in the upper chamber.

Northern California would consist of 40 counties stretching from OR south to Santa Cruz County, then east to Merced and Mariposa counties. "California government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality".

-California would have approximately 12.3 million residents and would be centered around Los Angeles County.

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