Initiative to split California into 3 separate states approved for November ballot

CALIFORNIA (KUSI) — An initiative to split the state of California into three separate states gathered enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

The Cal 3 initiative gathered more than 600,000 signatures from registered voters across California’s 58 counties, passing the 365,880 required by law. The signatures were delivered to the secretary of state last week and local venture capitalist Tim Draper made the announcement Tuesday that the signatures had been vetted and approved,

“This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity,” Draper said in a May interview with CNN.

According to CNN, the initiative claims it can solve California’s most pressing issues, including the state’s failing school systems, high taxes, deteriorating infrastructure and strained government.

Draper explains that by splitting California into North California, California (New) and South California, it would “empower regional communities to make better and more sensible decisions for their citizens.”

The state would be split as follows:
California: This will be considered the new state which includes Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties.
Southern California: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties.
Northern California: This would include the Bay Area and the 31 remaining counties north of Sacramento.
“To create three states from a standing start, you’ll get all the benefits of knowing all the things that worked in the past, and all the things that could work in the future and you get to eliminate all the baggage you got in the state,” Draper said in a May news conference at Draper University.
“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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