After more than 150 years of failed partition proposals, California voters will finally go to the polls to decide whether they want to relinquish their monopoly of the Pacific Coast and become three new states.
Draper previously proposed splitting the state into six separate states in 2012 and 2014, but election officials invalidated numerous signatures his campaign collected, the Hill reported.
Southern California would be made up of Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Tulare counties. The ballot initiative instructs the governor to seek approval by Congress under Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution to get permission to create these new states. "States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens". The state report notes that California's water system is "one of the most complex in the world" because water "does not naturally appear in California where demand is highest". The massive wealth generated by Silicon Valley has driven median household income in Northern California to $63,000.
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If the plan was approved by the voters, it would need to be approved by both houses of the California legislature, an unlikely prospect. Draper's proposal says the initiative, acting under California's constitutional power of voters to write their own laws, would serve as legislative consent.
The California State flag flies beside a sign for Los Angeles' sister city Split outside City Hall, in LA in 2017. 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.
But Draper contends that the state needs a change and cutting it up into three parts is the solution. "Californians deserve a better future".
Not many Californians are on board thus far, however.
Turning one state into three would create four new US senators, a move that would significantly boost Californians' influence in Washington.