California voters will soon get the chance to vote on whether to break the state into three parts.
The CAL 3 proposal would split California into three new states: Northern California, California and Southern California.
And Southern California, moving from Mono County along the state's eastern and southern borders to San Diego, and including Fresno and Kern counties. More recently, a group of Californians proposed the state leave the union altogether (they called it Calexit) after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.
An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California.
According to Draper, the most populous USA state and the world's fifth-largest economy is "nearly ungovernable" under the current system.
The plan for partitioning California would be parallel to other states that have been partitioned, including the Dakotas, the Carolinas, and the Virginias.
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One would include Los Angeles and a swath of the coast extending north to Monterey.
Many times. The California Legislature agreed to split off areas south of the Tehachapi Mountains into a separate territory in 1859.
Northern California: This would include the Bay Area and the 31 remaining counties north of Sacramento.
"This milestone is a testament to the energized spirit of Californians wanting to create a better future for themselves and their communities", Citizens for Cal 3 spokesperson Peggy Grande said. Each state, though different in size, would have roughly the same population, according to the proposal. For a variety of reasons, that seemed to be way too many new states for most people.
College students from Northern California who go to school in Los Angeles (and vice versa) would also be affected.
"If some people feel that their government isn't working for them - and I know a lot of people in very poor regions feel that the status quo is not working for them - this would be an opportunity for them to easily move to another state without leaving the attractive weather we get here", he said.
California's secretary of State will officially certify the initiative to be included in the General Election ballot later this month.