Statewide initiative measures declared eligible Tuesday for the November election include a bond to fund water projects, property tax base transfer, regulation of kidney dialysis clinics, and splitting California into three states.
The four measures each earned enough voter signatures to qualify for the ballot, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Tuesday.
Voter approval of “Three New States Within the Current Boundaries of California” or “Cal 3” initiative would initiate a process on January 1, 2019 to secure judicial, state state and congressional approval for the three new states — Northern California, California and Southern California. The process would have a one-year deadline for completion.
In this scenario, Los Angeles County and the Santa Clarita Valley would be in California.
Northern California, or a name to be chosen by the people of that state, would include the following 40 counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba.
California, or a name to be chosen by the people of that state, would include the following six counties: Los Angeles, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
Southern California, or a name to be chosen by the people of that state, would include the following 12 counties: Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Tulare.
If passed, Cal 3 would represent the first split of a state since 1863, when West Virginia broke from Virginia in 1863 during the Civil War.
The initiative was championed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, who was unsuccessful in getting a six-state split he proposed in 2013 onto the 2016 ballot.
Read the initiative’s complete text here.