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posted by mrpg on Friday April 13 2018, @11:41PM   Printer-friendly
from the divide-et-impera dept.

Third time's the charm:

A California technology billionaire said on Thursday that his longtime and perhaps quixotic effort to partition the Golden State into multiple new states could soon be put before voters.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper said he had gathered about 600,000 signatures on a petition to put his proposal to divide California on the November ballot, more than the 366,000 needed to qualify. It is his third attempt to get voters to weigh in on his call to break up the most populous U.S. state.

Draper, who in 2014 and 2016 failed in his efforts to win approval for a ballot initiative to divide the state into six parts, said in a news release Thursday that he planned to file the signatures with election officials next week.

[...] To go into effect, California would first have to certify the signatures that Draper has gathered, and then voters in November would need to pass the measure. After that, the U.S. Congress would have to approve it.

Also at The Mercury News and SFGate.

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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Saturday April 14 2018, @12:13AM (3 children)

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 14 2018, @12:13AM (#666676) Journal

    Actually what Ethanol-Fueled suggested does make the most likely solution to avoid the deadlock you suggest.

    Take a look at this: http://abc30.com/politics/red-vs-blue-california-election/398766/ [abc30.com] The people are already split that way.

    Both parts would scream gerrymandering, but they would balance each other out, and nullify that argument.

    There is no north vs south split that makes sense, either into two states or three, because of San Francisco and LA would dominate what ever half they were in.
    Better to leave those two together (they deserve each other).

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  • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday April 14 2018, @12:38AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Saturday April 14 2018, @12:38AM (#666693) Homepage

    Imperial county being blue comes as no surprise (we at one time and maybe still now boasted 25% unemployment, the highest rate of teen pregnancy, and one of the most polluted waterways of North America), but Riverside? Come on, you're all White retired military living in McMansions and blowing your VA checks at the local bar all day every day.

    Who in Riverside is letting all the Zetas and Sinaloas vote?

  • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Saturday April 14 2018, @03:15AM (1 child)

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Saturday April 14 2018, @03:15AM (#666763) Homepage Journal

    LA is going to be its own state. That's the one they have penciled in as "California." I would call it Los Angeles. The State of Los Angeles. That one will start out blue. Not great for me, personally. Because of Trump National Los Angeles. But maybe, probably, we can turn it red. By moving very strongly against the illegals there.

    Southern California is going to have San Diego, Riverside, Fresno and Orange County. A beautiful red state.

    Northern California, that one will have San Francisco. So it'll be another blue state, right? WRONG! Because it's going to have 39 other counties. And so many of those other counties are very red. They supported me very strongly in 2016. Even with all the dirty tricks the California Dems pulled in that election.

    This is coming up for a vote in November. Let's hope it passes. Let's do everything we can. So a Republican Congress gets to vote on it. And I'll get to sign it. I love signing documents! And I'll be waiting, pen in hand. Pen in hand, folks.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14 2018, @08:12AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 14 2018, @08:12AM (#666837)

      You're not the first to think of that.
      One guy's equal-population senatorial map. [archive.li]

      Southern California is going to have [...] Fresno

      You're really lousy at geography.

      ...and the linked map suggests The State of Orange (County).

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