Proposal To Break Up California Now On November Ballot
Residents of California will now be asked to vote on a measure that would break up the state of California into three states.
The CAL 3 initiative garnered over 402,468 valid signatures this week, validating the measure for the November 6th vote date. The California Secretary of State didn’t disclose the total amount of signatures.
If the vote were to favor a three-way split, it would only be a first step in the initiative and the measure would still need congressional approval.
Tim Draper, a California venture capitalist, is the man behind the proposal that would create Northern California, California and Southern California if the entire process were to come to fruition.
The Northern California state would have San Francisco as its main city and its land-reach would flow north to the Oregon border. Southern California would take on Fresno and flow down through San Diego. California would have Los Angeles and San Bernadino, stopping short of the bay area.
“The unanimous support for CAL 3 from all 58 of California’s counties to reach this unprecedented milestone in the legislative process is the signal that across California, we are united behind CAL 3 to create a brighter future for everyone,” Draper stated via 6ABC.
The goal is to increase funding and efforts in areas such as transportation and education and hopefully lower taxes in a state that’s one of the highest taxed in the country.
California has had a contentious relationship with the media and with President Trump over the last year. Dramatic images of tent cities, middle-class workers sleeping in cars, and an internal rife over sanctuary city statuses have made for salacious news and intense national scrutiny. Additionally, parents have been fighting mandatory vaccine laws which remove vaccine options from those who place their children in public schools.
While some see this as a win for the conservative movement, the three-way split doesn’t exactly favor conservatives in any blatant way. Southern California would be the only state of the three with any potential conservative lean and it would still predominantly run by San Diego. What the passing of this measure does go to show is that the citizens in California are ready for any kind of change. Rising rents, homelessness, and crime, have caused many residents to rethink ingrained liberal policies.
Democrats likely fear a rise in silent Trump supporters beginning to emerge in the state. The state’s battle over sanctuary city policy has lubricated the paths for conservative resistance and revolt, something the state has had control over for at least 15 years.
Author: Jim Satney
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