Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, was the proponent of the long-shot initiative to split the state, which got almost 420,000 valid signatures, more than enough to be included in the General Election ballot in November, according to California's secretary of State.
Californians will vote this fall on whether to split their state into three. It would consist of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties.
The southern state would comprise Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, and Mono.
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His "Cal 3" campaign got more than 400,000 valid signatures, more than the amount required by state law, CNN reported. "The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed".
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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. It would divide the population of the state roughly into even parts.
But there's many reasons to be skeptical that voters will choose to split the state.
If the unlikely plan is successful, it would be the first time an existing USA state split since West Virginia was created in 1863.
Stephen Lam / Reuters This is the third time Tim Draper, above, has tried to split up California.
This isn't the first time that Draper attempted to get an initiative to break apart the most populous state. California voters already approved breaking up the state in 1859, but Congress did not act on it.
Steve Maviglio, a consultant and critic of Draper's efforts, charged that the plan would lead to "political chaos", charging that it would cost each of the new states millions, the Chronicle said.