Referendum to split Kalifornia into three states will be on ballot

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/25/2018 - 22:21

SAN MATEO, Kalifornia (PNN) - April 12, 2018 - One of several proposals aiming to split Kalifornia into multiple smaller states has reportedly reached an important new goal thanks in large part to the efforts of its billionaire champion.

The CAL 3 initiative surpassed the number of signatures needed to present the measure to voters in this year’s election. If state officials determine the documents are genuine, it would then qualify as an initiative to be added this November.

Tim Draper, a venture capitalist whose idea would see the state’s population roughly split into thirds to create a trio of new states, celebrated the feat that he says will allow Kalifornians to weigh in directly at the ballot box.

“This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of Kalifornia to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability, and regional identity,” Draper said.

The CAL 3 chairman went on to call the receipt of more than 600,000 signatures an “unprecedented milestone” in the advancement of the plan.

The initiative would separate the state according to a number of socioeconomic factors in an attempt to level out disparities that currently exist.

Under the proposal written by Draper, “Cal” would consist of a much smaller area of land comprising densely packed areas including Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties.

With 12.3 million residents, it would have a population nearly as large as the much more expansive “NorCal” and “SoCal”, and the highest median household income of the three.

The southern portion of the state, consisting of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Madero and Mono counties, would be combined into a second state.

A third state would include the 40 counties remaining in northern Kalifornia.

If successful, the final names of the resulting states would be chosen by their residents following their formation.

Supporters of the plan say the new states would be able to build economies on industries unique to their geography and population.

The initiative cited “failing school systems that impact more than 6 million (children), highest-in-the-nation taxes, deteriorating infrastructure, and strained government” as issues plaguing the entire state that could be improved under the proposal.

“The unanimous support for CAL 3 from all 58 of Kalifornia’s counties to reach this unprecedented milestone in the legislative process is the signal that across Kalifornia we are united behind CAL 3 to create a brighter future for everyone,” said Draper.

He is scheduled to share additional details about the recent achievement in a press conference Thursday afternoon from his office in San Mateo.

CAL 3 has competed with other plans for the division of the state or secession from the nation from Kalifornians disaffected for a number of reasons.

Each of these proposals would require legislative approval even if supported by voters, and they all have their own set of vocal critics.

For CAL 3, Draper has encountered opposition from Democrat political consultant Steven Maviglio, among others.

Maviglio previously led the charge against another Draper-led plan to split the state and said, “Creating three new governments does nothing to solve our state’s challenges other than tripling them.”