Monday, April 16,2018
The proposal received more than 600,000 signatures from all 58 California counties.
A proposal to split California into three separate states will move to the legislature and the secretary of state next week after amassing enough signatures to be considered for the November ballot.
The idea, dubbed Cal3, was started by Bay Area venture capitalist Tim Draper, who believes California’s political system is broken. Activists said in a press release they had collected some 600,000 signatures from all of the state’s 58 counties in support of the effort – far more than the 366,000 signatures that were needed to advance the measure.
“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 the release.
If approved, the state would be divided into northern and southern regions, as well as the central coast and Los Angeles Basin. Each region would focus on its “leading industries.” In Northern California, that includes agriculture, manufacturing and forestry. Southern California includes financial services and trade, and the central area includes tourism and motion pictures.
Motivating the Cal3 movement are “the state’s failing school systems that impact more than six million kids, highest-in-the-nation taxes, deteriorating infrastructure and strained government.”
“Partitioning California into three states would empower regional communities to make better, fairer and more sensible decision for their citizens,” the press release said.
The Cal3 movement believes three separate states would improve education and the economy, promote a sense of community and identity, solve area-specific issues and appropriately allocate resources, as well as promote more city government oversight.
If the 600,000 signatures are deemed valid, which is rare, and the legislature allows the proposal to be on the ballot and Californians vote for it, Congress would still have to ratify it.