Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

California to vote on splitting into 3 states

California to vote on splitting into 3 states

A proposal by billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into three states has gathered enough verified signatures to be put to a vote this November. "Californians deserve a better future".

Southern California, which you might expect would include Los Angeles, instead covers counties ranging from Fresno to San Diego. The massive wealth generated by Silicon Valley has driven median household income in Northern California to $63,000.

"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", he explained. It could easily be bankrolled by some of the state's most powerful forces, especially those aligned with Democratic leaders.

Silicon Valley, home to companies like Facebook and Apple, would be separated from much of California. But on Tuesday, Draper's new effort-called Cal 3-qualified for the November ballot.

Existing state assets like universities and prisons within the boundaries of each of the new states would then become assets of that new state. A geographically small, but population dense strip of the central coast (including Los Angeles) would remain California.

Draper previously proposed splitting the state into six separate states in 2012 and 2014, but election officials invalidated numerous signatures his campaign collected, the Hill reported. The state report notes that California's water system is "one of the most complex in the world" because water "does not naturally appear in California where demand is highest".

A freakish and controversial plan to split California into three states has qualified for the November ballot, and if approved by the voters would begin the process to permanently change the U.S. Congress.

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

The proposal hopes to split the state into three separate states of California, Northern California and Southern California.

Last summer, Draper formally submitted the three-states proposal.

Their movement died, though, after Pearl Harbor.

The reasons for wanting to split California up?

An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California.

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