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Plan to split California into 3 states eligible for November ballot

Plan to split California into 3 states eligible for November ballot

"This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that will deliver better education, better infrastructure and lower taxes", said CAL3 Chairman Tim Draper.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal officially earned a spot on the state's ballot this November. Draper's plan calls for three new entities - Northern California, California and Southern California - which would roughly divide the population of the existing state into thirds.

But even if people vote for the plan, it still requires Congressional approval.

The initiative divides all 58 counties in California into three separate states.

The state would be divided into California, Northern California, and Southern California. According to the secretary of state's site, the measure needed 365,880 signatures and had gathered 419,462 valid signatures by Tuesday.

"I would be careful what you wish for", said Mr. Sragow, publisher of the California Target Book.

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Measure to split California into 3 states qualifies for November ballot

The only solution, he maintains, is smaller governments better equipped to respond to residents' specific needs depending on the region of California where they live. It was called the "Yreka Rebellion" then, and was initially dismissed as a publicity stunt. Obviously, not one has been successful yet, but the latest effort will have a date with voters in November - unless a legal challenge arises.

"California government has rotted", Draper told the Mercury News in an interview last month. "All Californians deserve more from their state, and with Cal 3, more regional responsiveness and more meaningful results will create a promising future for everyone". In 2013 he proposed carving the state into six. The group behind the effort, largely funded by Draper, claimed to have 1.3 million signatures. Opponents feared that California's rural towns would suffer compared with the coastal communities, which generate higher tax revenues.

This fall, California voters will decide if the Golden State should be split into three separate states. State filings show he paid consultants and law firms almost $560,000 past year for work related to the proposal. The massive wealth generated by Silicon Valley has driven median household income in Northern California to $63,000. College students who live in cities like Fresno may balk at being charged out-of-state tuition at University of California, Los Angeles.

"The trend line is going against them", Mr. Maviglio said.

And, of course, there is the psychological shift.

Schmidt's worry is that Southern California would get left behind.

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