Initiative to Break California Into 3 States to Go on November Ballot

14 June, 2018, 07:32 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

An initiative that seeks to split California into three states is projected to qualify for the state's November ballot.

Draper is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist known for investing in companies such as Skype, Tesla and Hotmail and has poured millions of dollars into efforts to break up California.

Southern California would include 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial Counties.

A movement to divide California into three states edged closer to reality this week.

According to the Constitution, any initiative to move state boundaries or split states into new ones requires approval from Congress. And one of those states, based on past election results, could be won by a Republican. As he did when he pushed a failed initiative to break the state into six states, Draper says California as it now exists is simply too large to be governed effectively.

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The only solution, he maintains, is smaller governments better equipped to respond to residents' specific needs depending on the region of California where they live.

The "Cal 3" plan would leave Los Angeles and a strip along the West Coast up to Monterey as California, the Los Angeles Times reported.

This isn't the first time that Draper has put forward a ballot initiative in favor of breaking up California.

"Therefore, pursuant to Elections Code section 9033, the initiative measure is eligible for the November 6, 2018, General Election ballot and all further signature verification can be terminated", the office announced.

"The California state government isn't too big to fail, because it is already failing its citizens in so many crucial ways", Grande said.

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The state of Northern California would contain 40 counties, including those in the Sacramento and Bay areas.

But Draper believes politicians in Washington or Sacramento would be taking an even bigger risk by ignoring the will of voters fed up with a state government he says has long stopped working for them.

Last summer, Draper formally submitted the three-states proposal.

The new ballot measure would create states with roughly equal populations and, compared with the six-state proposal, more comparable income levels.

"When you get together and you start something fresh, you have a new way to look at it and create better things" he added.

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Draper has said that partitioning California would allow regional communities to make better and more sensible decisions on pressing issues such as schools, taxes and deteriorating infrastructure.

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