The Water Cooler – Splitting California Into Three Different States

July 19, 2018 12:00 pm · 28 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

As we previously reported, the California Supreme Court blocked a measure that would have possibly split the state into three different states.

QUESTION: If you ever get the chance to vote for it, would you vote to split California, or do you like it the way it is?

Talk about it….

jo July 19, 2018 at 12:11 PM

Worries me that california might become unlivable. If there is any place where the middle class might disappear its this state. Farming community have seperare issues than the rest of california so its not the worst idea. But i wouldn’t vote for it.

Concordejet July 19, 2018 at 12:14 PM

Vote against it just very pointless

Yohanas July 19, 2018 at 12:19 PM


Anon July 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Look at the way the YUPPIES divided it up, Give me a break.

I wouldn’t vote for it regardless……especially when it means more parasite politicians. No thanks.

Life, Liberty and Property July 19, 2018 at 12:42 PM

I would vote to keep the current California, but split it’s government 3 ways, keep one third and send the other two-thirds to the private sector to sink or swim.

Publius July 19, 2018 at 12:46 PM

San Francisco can go- it is now literally and figuratively a piece of crap

Jack's Fan July 19, 2018 at 12:48 PM

If it was an east-west split at least we could get a couple Republican senators out of the deal.

Roz July 19, 2018 at 12:54 PM

With all the pro’s and con’s that could happen, think I would still vote ‘No’.
It just seems like there would be more government issues to deal with and I’m not about having more of that.

RANDOM TASK July 19, 2018 at 1:12 PM

ITS A PLOY the dems want more reps like de slacker to cloud the mirror

they would break up rhode island if they could and Washington as well as Georgia ……all they want is total rule through any means necessary …even through people ….question is if trump had a secret router in his tower divulging American documents abroad would anyone do anything ….or would the FBI look the other way …..or if a Clinton was caught with an intern cheating on their spouse would you ……oh wait yeah you acquitted on that one as well ….hmmm so dems and their lemmings are hypocrites to right and wrong so how can they denounce anyone for anything when they support illegal activity foreign and domestic …..

let alone rule an entire huge state by means of forced poverty

Strad July 19, 2018 at 1:27 PM


Joe July 19, 2018 at 1:53 PM

I find it sad that CA senators fail to listen to the wants of regular CA folk.
Failing so badly that some felt it necessary to bring this split to a vote.


pookie July 19, 2018 at 2:27 PM

The resolution to California’s myriad of problems, is not to split California into three bigger problems. Obviously, the creators and defenders of the wonderfulllllllll idea, of splitting this state, have not taken into consideration, the aftermath. Maybe they should get rid of the primary source of our state’s failure…and we all know who the prime suspects are, no denying it people… Who came up with this bill anyways? The same guy who wanted to rename Mt Diablo, Mt Reagan?

concord grape July 19, 2018 at 2:34 PM

Split in 2 so they can get their own water and not build the water tunnels. Just think, the money saved will go towards Moonbeam’s train to no where (sarcasm)

What The ?? July 19, 2018 at 2:49 PM

Absolutely. Getting 4 more Senators would represent the population better in the Senate. Plus more local control of government would be an improvement as Cali is just to big to govern effectively.

Original G July 19, 2018 at 9:46 PM

“Cali is just to big to govern effectively.”

Texas is larger than Ca and their state legislature is in session for 140 days.

“The Texas Legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year….
The Texas Constitution limits the regular session to 140 calendar days. ”

Problem in CA is INFESTATION of state legislature by progressive liberals.

What The ?? July 20, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Size doesn’t matter, population is what matters. Alaska has 3 times the land area California does, so is it 3 times harder to govern…no.

California has 38 million people to Texas’s 26 million, that’s nearly 50% more people to manage so they aren’t close to the same thing.

Lastly, if all you can contribute to the discussion is Dem=Bad and Rep=Good then you’re the problem. There’s good and bad on both sides and as soon as people wake up and realize that maybe we can actually make some positive changes.

Tsa July 19, 2018 at 2:57 PM

There is nothing that can help this dysfunctional State.

Dorothy July 19, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Vote NO. Doesn’t help at all to solve anything.

Bob July 19, 2018 at 4:24 PM

Best solution is to pull your money out of state.

RealityCheck July 19, 2018 at 5:42 PM

The only way to represent the true interests of the people of California and protect the integrity of the United States as a whole, is if this state is split in two and SF, Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose, Palo Alto, LA, San Diego and the coastal regressive communities are on one side of the border, and everything else is on the other.

MonaD July 19, 2018 at 6:48 PM

No way.
If it ain’t broke, WHY fix it?

City Girl July 19, 2018 at 7:32 PM

I would vote for just about anything that would put me in a different state from San Francisco.

President Lincoln July 19, 2018 at 9:16 PM


Pookie July 20, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Thank you for your words of reminder, Mr President.

The Mamba July 20, 2018 at 8:31 AM

At this point, I would be tempted to vote for anything new that would change things up, but it would depend on how the states were drawn up and the details.

apollo idol prudence July 20, 2018 at 8:44 AM

State of Jefferson?

Lena July 20, 2018 at 12:10 PM

Some sort of proposal to divide the State of California has come around at least once per twenty or thirty time period for as lang as I can remember, but it usually doesn’t even make it this far. Just the fact that ihey obtained enough signatures to put it on the ballot indicates to me that the idea is gaining traction and may actually make sense in the long run. The state really has very diverse and conflicting interests among North, South, central valley farming, coastal areas, high-density population areas, etc., and it would perhaps be an improvement if those interests were more fully represented in government and possibly governed seperately and differently. One can clearly see and experience the obvious cultural differences apparent when visiting the three areas this proposal chose as dividing points. “Birds of a feather … “

Cowellian July 20, 2018 at 12:43 PM

In 1859, the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed the Pico bill, which would have split California, north and south. In spite of overwhelming support from California voters, the bill was never acted upon by Congress, thus dying on the vine.

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