Break Up California Into 3 Smaller States, Billionaire Urges
Could California be split up to better represent its citizens?
Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper says his petition to break up California into three states has garnered enough signatures for the initiative to be added to the ballot this November.
Draper lobbied unsuccessfully for similar ballot initiatives in 2014 and 2016, but this year he said he was able to amass approximately 600,000 signatures, well more than the 365,880 required. The initiative reportedly will be submitted to election officials next week.
CBS Los Angeles reported that the initiative proposes a central state that would consist of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties; a southern state made up of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera and Mono counties; and the 40 remaining counties grouped into a northern state.
On "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Draper said the "CAL 3" proposal would give citizens better representation through three smaller state governments.
"I think that these three new states are going to empower people to realize what's possible in government," Draper said.
He argued that one state government for the nation's most populous state has led to many problems, including rampant homelessness and a broken education system.
"The education system is just about the worst in all 50 states, and it's the biggest state," Draper said. "So it really does need sort of a revamp and a restart. And I think this is a good start to doing that."