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Californians to vote on splitting state three ways

Californians to vote on splitting state three ways

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper proposes turning California into three states.

State lawmakers, individual counties and imaginative wealthy people such as Draper have tried more than 200 times to hatch plans to either slice the state into pieces or secede from the union entirely, according to the Los Angeles Times.

If it were to pass, San Luis Obispo County and the rest of the Central Coast would retain the name California under the proposal, which would also include Monterey, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Benito and Ventura counties.

Southern California: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties.

California's economy overtaken that of the United Kingdom to become the world's fifth largest, according to new federal data released last month. "We need to empower our population to improve their government".

However, the ballot measure faces long odds.

The voters will be able to vote on the initiative in California on November 6th. Creating two more Californias would add four more California members to the U.S. Senate, something those who already think California wields outsize influence would loathe.

"Splitting California into three new states will triple the amount of special interests, lobbyists, politicians and bureaucracy", Maviglio said in an email.

Draper said the whole state would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of existing counties, cities and towns.

If the unlikely plan is successful, it would be the first time an existing US state split since West Virginia was created in 1863.

Present day California is the world's fifth biggest economy with a GSP (gross state product) of $2.75 trillion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, making it bigger than the United Kingdom economy.

Draper was behind a previous move to split the state into six parts, but he cut his ambition in half in August, opting just for three this time. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens".