‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

‘Three Californias’ Measure Will Be on November Ballot

A plan to break California into three states - California, Northern California and Southern California - has qualified for the November ballot after supporters turned in a petition with over 400,000 signatures.

On Tuesday, the California Secretary of State's Office announced that Draper's initiative received the needed number of signatures to go on the ballot.

The proposal would make California the L.A. area, Northern California and Southern Cal would be the other two new states.

The CAL3 initiative has gathered 600,000 signatures, 235,000 more than required to qualify for the ballot.

Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper wants to split California into three different states. If it's approved by voters, the proposal would still require a congressional OK - and would very likely face legal challenges on both the state and federal levels, according to experts. Southern California would consist of 12 counties, including San Diego and Orange counties, the Inland Empire and much of the Central Valley.

A CNN analysis in April found that even if California split into three states, it would still be underrepresented in the Senate compared with most of the US.

A state can not split without the approval of the U.S. Congress, and the president would have the power to approve or veto any vote taken by Congress. State filings show he paid consultants and law firms almost $560,000 past year for work related to the proposal.

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The plan for partitioning California would be parallel to other states that have been partitioned, including the Dakotas, the Carolinas, and the Virginias.

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.

California, which would be made up of Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

"California government has rotted", Draper told the Mercury News last month.

Northern California - This would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento.

"While this measure anticipates action to divide California's debts and secure congressional approval within two years after voter approval, it would be hard for this timeline to be put into practice", the state report concluded. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Dividing it into three smaller Californias, he claims, would lead to "better decision making", "a dramatically more effective education system", and "more reliable roads".

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