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California As Three Separate States


USA — June 13, 2018

Californians will vote for a plan, called Cal 3, to split the Golden State into three new states: California, Northern California and Southern California.

“Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes,” Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley billionaire who sponsored the ballot measure, said in an email to The Los Angeles Times last summer when he formally submitted the proposal. “States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens.” In the initiative’s introductory passage, Draper argues that “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.”

Last fall, Draper submitted the new initiative Cal 3. Yesterday, June 12th, 2018, officials said more than 402,468 of the project’s signatures are valid in the random sample. It topped the 365,000 needed to qualify for the November ballot.

According to the official webpage of the Cal 3 initiative, they believe that division will lead to:

Stronger Education

The California Department of Education simply cannot manage 6.2 million students, nearly 300,000 teachers, and more than 1,000 school districts. Cal 3 will bring critical decision-making closer to home, giving states a fresh start and families better choices, with greater accountability and outcomes for everyone.

Safer Roads & Infrastructure

California’s highways, bridges, freeways, and city roads are ranked among the poorest in the nation. For example, Californians pay $844 a year in wear-and-tear on their vehicles due to shoddy roadways. Cal 3 gives regional governments greater control over critical infrastructure spending that will enhance the safety and security of their citizens.

Lower Taxes

Californians pay the highest taxes in the nation, and yet our tax dollars are mismanaged in every way. Cal 3 would encourage each state set lower tax rates to encourage families and employers to make their home there.

Accountable Tax Oversight, Manageable Budget & Spending

Despite sky-high taxes and hundreds of billions earmarked in spending through Sacramento, Californians see little regional return on our investment. Cal 3 would promote greater citizen oversight of and control over how taxes are being spent, with the result being a more responsive government and elected officials spending in closer alignment with their constituents’ more pressing and important needs.

Local Identity, Autonomy & Diversity

Rather than being managed remotely — and ineffectively — from Sacramento, each state will have the autonomy to make choices based on the most pressing needs and opportunities closest to home. Cal 3 uses the region’s natural geographic boundaries to emphasize local identity while retaining existing county lines in order to preserve Californians’ natural pride in our diverse population.

Efficient Government & Area-Specific Regulations

California’s diverse regions require government attention that is specifically tailored to address that area’s needs. The economic climate in areas like San Bernardino and Fresno is very different from the economic climate in areas like Los Angeles or San Francisco. Dividing California into smaller states will help elected officials decide which laws and tax regulations best suit that specific region, resulting in more responsive government.

There are no specifics about how much will it cost to bring Cal 3 to life. Do not get it wrong; this initiative has nothing to do with “Calexit.” The proposition appeals to Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution:

“New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

The Congress shall have the Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States, and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.”

Even if voters approve his ballot measure, it would require the blessing of the California State Senate and California State Assembly. According to the LA Times, Draper’s proposal says the initiative, acting under California’s constitutional power of voters to write their own laws, would serve as legislative consent. It is almost certain that interpretation would end up in court.

The next step will be congressional approval. The chances are slim there too.

"This measure would cost taxpayers billions of dollars to pay for the massive transactional costs of breaking up the state, whether it be universities, parks or retirement systems,” said Steven Maviglio, a Democratic political strategist representing opponents to the effort. “California government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality.”

Earlier, SurveyUSA issued Results of Election Poll. They interviewed 1,100 adults from the state of California (39,54 million people in 2017). This research was conducted online. Out of this 1,100 Californians, only 17% voted for Cal 3 and 72% against it. There is no information about how these 1,100 persons were chosen or where they are from.

The fact is California has problems. The government doesn't seem to be in a hurry to properly face the important issues confronting the state. Look at the contaminated water problem for instance. Did you know that 360,000 Californians have unsafe drinking water? You can be sure there are many more similar problems, which have been hushed up and papered over by officials. It costs money to solve them, and there is no way of paying for it under the current system. So they let people drink contaminated water. Let them deal with their problems alone. If there weren't any problems, there wouldn’t be a need for a plan like Cal 3.

Author: USA Really