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Man behind plan to split up California likes chances in November vote

Man behind plan to split up California likes chances in November vote

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla filed a memo Tuesday saying that initiative #1814 had received more than 402,468 valid signatures - more than the 365,880 needed to qualify to get on the ballot - across the state's 58 counties.

"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", Tim Draper, the billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist who sponsored the "Cal 3" ballot measure, told the Times previous year.

Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper wants to split California into three different states.

Splitting California into three states would require congressional approval.

The southern state would comprise Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, and Mono.

The three proposed states are split fairly evenly by population, but differ in terms of median income and leading industry. State filings show he paid consultants and law firms almost $560,000 past year for work related to the proposal.

The plan to divide California
The plan to divide California

Earlier this year, as the number of signatures on the petition began to grow he said: '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'.

Plenty of ideas about splintering California into smaller states have popped up - including an effort by rural, more conservative northern counties that seek to break away to become "State of Jefferson".

One would include Los Angeles and a swath of the coast extending north to Monterey.

Northern Californians looking to run away from Sacramento and San Francisco to join the state of Jefferson will be severely disappointed as the proposal draws the line for Northern California all the way past the current state capital. For a variety of reasons, that seemed to be way too many new states for most people. Now Californians are set to vote on the "Division of California into Three States" initiative in November.

He has described California as a state with crumbling bridges and roads, a struggling, underfunded education system and oppressively high taxes. Even so, voters in the proposed state of Southern California swung for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012, said Vikram David Amar, University of Illinois College of Law professor.

In the political sphere, the measure would create two reliably blue states and one swing state, analysts say.

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