Plan to Split California in 3 Hits Major Stumbling Block

Measure is kicked off November ballot
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2018 2:06 AM CDT
Plan to Split California Kicked Off Ballot
Venture capitalist Tim Draper points to a computer screen at his offices in San Mateo, Calif., showing that an initiative to split California into three states qualified for the ballot.   (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)

Tim Draper's latest plan to split California into multiple smaller Californias has hit a major stumbling block. The plan to create three Californias—Northern California, including the Bay Area and points north; Southern California, from Fresno to the Mexican border; and California, a coastal strip including Los Angeles—was kicked off the November ballot Wednesday by the California Supreme Court. It qualified last month after receiving more than 420,000 signatures of support, but the court unanimously decided that there were too many "significant questions" to be settled before the issue could be put in voters' hands.

"We conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election," the judges wrote, per the AP. Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who spent more than $1.7 million on the "Cal 3" initiative, says he wants to split up California because it is too big to be run effectively. He slammed the court's decision as undemocratic. "Whether you agree or not with this initiative, this is not the way democracies are supposed to work," he tells the Los Angeles Times. "This kind of corruption is what happens in Third World countries." (In 2014, his "Six Californias" plan did not make it onto the ballot.)

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