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Splitting Up California Splinters Those Seeking an Altered State

Splitting Up California Splinters Those Seeking an Altered State
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By    |   Friday, 22 June 2018 01:00 PM

Splitting California into different states has splintered Californians on how to do it, now that one suggested way has become official, and even though the idea itself doesn’t have much chance of getting by voters.

A "Cal 3" plan OK’d for the November ballot would split the state into a Northern California and a Southern California, with a smaller but equally populated plain old California in the middle.

It truly is a California dreaming long shot to become the first division of an existing state since West Virginia was created in 1863, not only because an overwhelming number of Californians say they are against it but because rather than uniting the California separatist movement, “Cal 3” has fragmented it, Fox News reported. Those favoring a different division or outright secession seem intensely divided, and to have any chance in November the ballot issue would need just the opposite.

A SurveyUSA poll taken after "Cal 3" got up a head of steam said only 17 percent of registered California voters favored a division, while 72 percent would vote to just leave the state alone. 

“Cal 3” would ultimately lead to better voter representation at a national level while affording "better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes" to Californian, argues billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper who pushed the idea onto the ballot.

Draper’s plan would leave Los Angeles and a strip along the West Coast up to Monterey as California, The Los Angeles Times reported. The upper portion of the state, which would include San Francisco and the state capital Sacramento, would become Northern California. The bottom portion of the state, which would include San Diego and the eastern part of the state with Fresno, would become Southern California.

Paul Preston, vice president and co-founder of the New California movement, said Draper's partition plan would create two deep blue states and one swing state.

"With Draper, he makes sure every area has an urbanized zone that will ultimately be blue," said Preston. "You still have the rural-urban thing going on in his formula. The rural people will be shafted again."

Meanwhile Yes California’s Louis Marinelli, whose Calexit plan seeks to have California secede from the U.S. and become an independent country, disagrees with both of them.

He dismisses their proposals as Republican-sponsored plots to "chip away at the voice California lends to the republic as a solid blue state," The Washington Times noted.

Preston likens the Calexit plan to Civil War.

"That’s secession. That’s what happened in the Civil War," he said, according to Fox News. "They want to create a new country, and that’s just not going to happen. First of all, it’s illegal under our Constitution. There’s no base out here to support that."

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Splitting California into different states has splintered Californians on how to do it, now that one suggested way has become official, and even though the idea itself doesn’t have much chance of getting by voters.
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