Miss Sarah: When Jeff Davis first told me about this this morning, I thought for sure he was joking.
Like, I have so many questions! Why, how, and thinking as a graphic designer, how would I fit 2 more stars on the flag?
Californians will vote whether to separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California — subject to approval by US Congress.
The proposal by venture capitalist, Tim Draper to break up California in a campaign called “Cal 3,”
received more than 402,468 valid signatures — surpassing the amount required by state law.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will certify the initiative as qualified for the November 6th ballot on June 28.
The reasons for wanting to split California up?
Draper has said that partitioning California into three states would allow regional communities to make better and more sensible decisions for their citizens to address the state’s most pressing issues, including the school systems, high taxes, deteriorating infrastructure and strained government.
“The California state government isn’t too big to fail, because it is already failing its citizens in so many crucial ways,” Citizens for Cal 3 campaign spokeswoman Peggy Grande said in a Tuesday statement. “The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed. Californians deserve a better future.”
“It will simply divide the state into smaller, more manageable populations. Think of North Carolina and South Carolina; North Dakota and South Dakota; West Virginia and Virginia — California is already known for its Northern and Southern identities,” according to the Cal 3 website.
But critics have slammed the partition effort as a distraction and say that breaking up the state would cost billions of tax dollars.
Under the proposal, each state would have about 12.3 million to 13.9 million people.