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California split knocked out by court

THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE and San Francisco will remain part of California as the state Supreme Court ordered Prop. 9 off the Nov, 6 ballot.

A proposal to split California into three states was wiped off the November ballot by the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The Golden State’s high court ruled that Proposition 9, which qualified as an initiative with several hundred thousand signatures, was not valid because it would amount to a re-writing of the state constitution.

“We conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election,” read the decision.

Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, called the demise of his “Cal 3” plan an act of “corruption.”  His proposal was to split the state into a North California, a South California  (southern and eastern parts of the state, including Orange County) and California, a coastal strip from Los Angeles County north to just south of the Silicon Valley area.

Several attempts have been made in the past to break the state up – usually into two halves – but none have had much success.

Cal 3 was not given much of a chance based on public opinion polls. Additionally, such a split would have to be approved by the state legislature and the U.S. Congress. Such a change would probably result in at least two additional Democratic senators, a prospect probably not viewed favorably by a Congress currently under Republican control.

The only time after the U.S. Constitution was adopted in which one state was split was in 1863, during the American Civil War.Western counties in Virginia, which were primarily pro-Union, broke off to form the new state of West Virginia.



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