Editorial: 3 Californias proposition should be removed from ballot



Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Pico Act of 1859. The Dolwig Proposal of 1965? How about the Statham Proposal of 1992?

Didn’t think so. They are three of the 220 efforts to split California into smaller states, change its boundaries or secede and become a separate nation. None of them went anywhere, and neither will Bay Area venture capitalist Tim Draper’s latest undertaking. It’s a waste of money and voter time.

The California Supreme Court can do voters a favor by ruling in favor of the lawsuit seeking to remove the proposition from the November ballot.

The suit, filed on behalf of the Planning and Conservation League, contends that the proposition is a revision of the California Constitution that is beyond voters’ power to approve through an initiative. Proponents argue that the Constitution requires a decision of this magnitude also be approved by the state Legislature.

They’re right.



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