Break Up California Into 3 Smaller States, Billionaire Urges

Break Up California Into 3 Smaller States, Billionaire Urges

Break Up California Into 3 Smaller States, Billionaire Urges

Under U.S. federal law, splitting California would require congressional approval even if the proposal is placed on state ballot. "Partitioning California into three states would empower regional communities to make better, fairer and more sensible decisions for their citizens".

A local venture capitalist's proposal to break up California, "CAL 3", gained almost double the necessary signatures to get it on the ballot in November, which will allow state voters to decide on the partition.

The initiative proposed by billionaire venture capitalist Timothy Draper seeks to carve up the state into Northern California, Southern California and a new California.

Draper lobbied unsuccessfully for similar ballot initiatives in 2014 and 2016, but this year he said he was able to amass approximately 600,000 signatures, well more than the 365,880 required.

Read the full announcement from CAL 3 here.

According to the proposal, first announced in November, this will solve California's most pressing issues, including the state's failing school systems, high taxes, deteriorating infrastructure and strained government.

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Efforts in current instances have failed to reach voters and Congress would get the last word say if the Cal three initiative succeeds.

But Draper's dream is still getting some spotlight on social media.

A new Southern California state would run south from the Northern California border, skirt around the coast from Monterey past Los Angeles, and include San Diego, Death Valley and the rest of the state east to Nevada and Arizona.

Under Draper's plan, Northern California would include 40 counties with a population of 13.3 million people who would earn a median income of 63,000 US dollars.

"There's very little support for tripling California's representation in the U.S. Senate", said Jack Pitney, who teaches politics at Claremont McKenna College.

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