Here's how the proposal might play out.
Los Angeles County would anchor the six counties that retained the name California under the longshot proposal, a state that would extend northward along the coast to Monterey County.
Would it require approval by other government bodies?
Voters will now have to decide whether they approve of the measure to divide California into California, Northern California, and Southern California.
President Donald Trump would then be required to sign that legislation. The last time any American state succeeded at such a plan was in 1863, when West Virginia, which did not want to be part of the Confederacy, split from Virginia, which did. The initiative did not qualify for the ballot. Legislators in Sacramento would have to agree to dismantle the current government and the U.S. Congress would have to agree. "The citizens of the whole state would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns".
Turning one state into three would create four new US senators, a move that would significantly boost Californians' influence in Washington.
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Draper carved out a space for himself in the Silicon Valley after investing in companies such as Skype, Hotmail and Tesla and investing heavily in bitcoin. However, Holyoke said each state would need to create their own systems first, before even tackling anything.
How much money will he spend to pass it?
"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. He emerged last September with a more modest idea: Cal-3, the plan to slice California in thirds, rather than sixths.
His group, headed by former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, has been hammering at the proposal for months, accusing Mr. Draper of dragging the state into an expensive mud-fight for a measure that has no prospects for success. California should be leading the country. The independent expenditure committee ONECALIFORNIA has not reported any financial activity.
But Draper believes politicians in Washington or Sacramento would be taking an even bigger risk by ignoring the will of voters fed up with a state government he says has long stopped working for them.
Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom, the Democratic nominee for governor, said Tuesday he opposes the measure.
It's bad enough that we have two Democratic senators in California.
Has this been attempted before? In 1859, the state legislature consented separate areas south of the Tehachapi Mountains (including Los Angeles and San Diego) into a separate territory or state, but Congress never acted on it. Congress never took action on the proposal, according to the LAO. If the proposal passes, California would be divided into California, Northern California, and Southern California.