The initiative's main supporter is Tim Draper, a billionaire and venture capitalist.
California might actually, seriously be split up into three separate states if voters are into it.
If Californians approve the controversial ballot measure, which academics and others say faces many obstacles, it would still need the blessing of the California Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Politicians, for one, may be wary of splitting up a state that has long voted Democrat.
Turning one state into three would create four new U.S. senators, a move that would significantly boost Californians' influence in Washington. Southern California would have 12 counties with 13.9 million people.
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Northern California: This would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento, the current state capital.
In terms of moving forward, if this initiative passes, the state legislature would have to pass an amendment then Congress would need to approve it. 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.
In a letter explaining the initiative Draper stated California has become almost ungovernable and numerous regions of the state are inadequately represented in Sacramento. "I think that a proposal such as Mr. Draper's may constitute an attempt to create a "revision" to rather than an "amendment" of California's Constitution, which would require a more involved process than the simple gathering of signatures and placement on the ballot Mr. Draper is pursuing", Amar said in a blog post last August. State filings show he paid consultants and law firms almost $560,000 past year for work related to the proposal.
"Meaningful improvement has proven impossible through the Sacramento system of top-down control", said the Cal 3 website. "Additionally, vast parts of California are poorly served by a representative government dominated by a large number of elected representatives from a small part of our state, both geographically and economically", Draper stated. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.
The idea of adding new Senators was strong enough to derail efforts to add Alaska and Hawaii as states for years. California is broken. We must split this state up if any of us has a hope of surviving the debt crisis California has got us into but if its another form of tyranny for us, then no we are not in favor of it.