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Cal 3: The effort to split California in three
Venture capitalist Tim Draper introduced an initiative, called Cal-3. There is a push for California to be divided into three separate States; Northern California, California and southern California. Here’s a look how his plan a reality.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a proposal to divide the state in three out of the November ballot.
The court wrote that it had been raised to take the step from “because of significant issues regarding the proposition’s validity, and because we find that the potential damage in the case of the approval of the measure remain on the ballot outweighs the potential damage in the event of a delay in the proposal, a future choice.”
Last week, an environmental group of the measure sued to be removed from the vote. To change significantly, the state governance under the California Constitution, the group argues, a constitutional Convention should be called and which requires a two-thirds majority of both houses of the state legislature.
A ballot initiative, the group was constitutionally inadequate.
“Try to remove it, this initiative voting, we ask the court to protect the integrity of the initiative process and our state Constitution,” Carlyle Hall, a lawyer, of the environmental group, the planning and conservation League, said in a statement. “The supporters should not be able to escape the state Constitution simply by the qualification of a measure as a thing, when it is so clearly another.”
The California Supreme Court has ruled that, while the changes to the California state Constitution through ballot measures, which are suitable major “Revision” of the Constitution require action by the legislature. A measure is considered to be a “revision” of the California Supreme Court has decided it “must necessarily or inevitably appear from the face of the challenged provision that the measure would significantly alter the basic governmental framework set forth in our Constitution.”
SEE: THE TROUBLE EXPLAINED TO CALIFORNIA SPLIT IN 3
But the sponsor of the “Cal-3” – initiative to California split into three States-in the name increases the efficiency of the government — the state Supreme Court asked to dismiss last week, the lawsuit calls for the proposal comes from the November ballot.
Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, spent more than $1.7 million to support the initiative, said the court in a letter that it was enough time to consider properly the legal challenge for his trouble.
He also claimed that the measure was appropriate for the ballot process, and claimed that splitting California would make to govern the state more efficient and easier.
“I only respond in a day or two, to a complex, multi-faceted attack on my Constitution, wrote legal initiative,” Draper. “This court’s long history, not be ignored jealous of the exercise of the initiative power should not cavalierly, especially on such a condensed schedule.”
The court was under pressure to decide that the Problem is quickly, because the California November ballot was set up, allegedly, to go to the printer in early August.
Wednesday the order is still saying no final decision on the constitutionality of the ballot measure, but experts, the judge would not have removed, measure from the vote, if it was not the feeling of being strong that is unconstitutional. The California Supreme Court said it will determine the benefits of the measure, the constitutionality in the future.
Over at the ballot box is only the first hurdle for the initiative. The measure, according to the passage, would then ask directly to the Governor, to divide the U.S. Congress for ultimate approval by the state in the three — probably a tall order.
Fox News’ Amy Held contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.