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Initiative to States split California into 3 separate
Entrepreneur Tim Draper has collected 600,000 signatures from all 58 counties for its Cal-3 initiative.
To qualify an initiative that has received parts of California into three States, enough signatures for the November elections, the California secretary of state’s office Tuesday confirmed.
The three-state campaign, called “Cal-3”, submitted more than 600,000 signatures.
Tim Draper, a billionaire Silicon Valley venture-capital investor, a Sponsor of the ballot measure, to share America’s most populous state in the three countries, the Mercury News of San Jose, Calif., reported.
— California would be made up of six coastal counties, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
— Northern California would include, 40 counties from Santa Cruz to the Oregon border, including San Francisco and Sacramento, the state, the current capital.
— Southern California would consist of 12 provinces, including Fresno, Kern, Orange and San Diego counties.
“California government has rotted,” Draper, the Mercury News said last month. “We need to enable us to improve our population with their government.”
“California’s government has rotted. We need to enable us to improve our population with their government.”
– Tim Draper, backer of “Cal-3” – proposal
However, the ballot measure faces long odds.
A SurveyUSA poll found that 72 percent of registered California voters opposed to the proposal, support while only 17 percent, the report said.
Even if the voters approve the plan, it would still require the approval of the California Assembly and the Senate, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Then the plan would have to overcome, probably, court challenges, and still consent to win from Congress, the hill reported
Steven Maviglio, a democratic political consultant who said against the destruction of the “Golden State”, the Mercury News that Draper, the initiative was under the wrong lane.
“The division of California into three new States is three times the amount of special interests, the lobbyists, the politicians and the bureaucracy,” Maviglio said in an E-Mail. “California government can do a better job of addressing the real problems of the state, but this measure is a massive distraction, the political chaos and greater inequality.”
If passed, would create the first division of the U.S. state since 1863, when West Virginia was, the Times reported. California, admitted into the Union on Sept. 9, 1850, has more than 200 attempts, on the boundary reconfiguration, divisions, and even secession, in the course of its history, the report said
Draper previously proposed splitting the state into six different States in 2012 and 2014, but the election officials invalidated many of the signatures his campaign declared gathered, the hill reported.
Tim Draper previously proposed splitting California into six States.
Last summer, Draper formally filed, the three-state proposal.
“Three States, better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes,” Draper, the Times said in an E-Mail. “States, more responsibility for us, and can cooperate and compete for the citizens.”
The analysts from the University of Virginia center for politics predict that the new California and Northern California would be Democratic-leaning, while Southern California is a swing-state.
“This measure will cost the taxpayers billions of dollars to pay for the massive transactional costs of the smashing of the state, be it universities, parks, or retirement systems,” Maviglio said the Times.
Meanwhile, Shaun Bowler, a political science professor at the University of California, Riverside, told the Mercury News that “this is not as simple or straightforward as his Fans want to make.”
But Draper remains optimistic.
“These three States,” Draper told the Mercury News last month, “hope and opportunity for Californians.”
Amy Lieu is a news editor and a reporter for Fox News.