It looks like the plan to divide California up into different states is all but gone after the California Supreme Court has removed it from the general election ballot.
According to an ABC News report, the judicial body said the new measure would complicate the state’s current governmental system and its constitution in the transition process, should it be approved by voters. The court also questioned the validity of Proposition 9, the initiative which would divide the state into three separate states, and said “the potential harm of putting it on the ballot now outweighs concerns about delaying the vote until a future election.”
BREAKING: California Supreme Court blocks measure that would divide state in three from appearing on November ballot.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 18, 2018
From the ABC News:
The proposal, led by venture capitalist Tim Draper, would split the country’s most populous state into three new states of near-equal population: Northern California, California and Southern California, according to the proposal.
Northern California would include cities between the Bay Area and the Oregon border. Southern California would begin in Fresno and cover most of the southern state. The “new” California would cover Los Angeles County and much of the coast below San Francisco Bay, the proposal said.
Opponents sued arguing the proposal abolishes the state constitution, which cannot be done in a ballot initiative.
The court agreed and proponents of the measure will head back to the drawing board.
The California Supreme Court blocked a measure that would divide the state in three from appearing on the November ballot. What do you think about today's ruling? Latest details here: https://abc7ne.ws/2uwaOfq
The high court ultimately sided with Planning and Conservation League, an environmental protection organization who rejected the proposition and who sued California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Cal 3 founder and venture capital investor Tim Draper, the Daily Caller reports.
“Proposition 9 was a costly, flawed scheme that will waste billions of California taxpayer dollars, create chaos in public services including safeguarding our environment and literally eliminate the State of California – all to satisfy the whims of one billionaire. We are thankful for the opportunity to save Californians from having to vote on a billionaire’s folly,” Planning and Conservation League Executive Director Howard Penn said.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 19, 2018
Draper responded to the court’s ruling in a statement on social media where he said it was a “sad state” to have the court “silence the 600,00 voters who signed the petition.”
“The whole point of the initiative process was to be set up as a protection from a government that was no longer representing its people,” the investor continued. “Now that protection has been corrupted.”
Finally, “Whether you agree or not with this initiative, this is not the way democracies are supposed to work. This kind of corruption is what happens in third world countries.”
Here is my statement. The California Supreme Court took Cal3.com off the ballot!! WTF?Apparently, the insiders are in…
Voters in California are still looking to have their voices heard and are trying their hand at another proposition ahead of the general elections: stopping illegal immigrants from being able to get a driver’s license.
Fox News Insider has more:
An initiative to stop undocumented immigrants from obtaining a driver’s license in California is being led by a father whose son was killed in a collision with an illegal immigrant.
Donald Rosenberg told FOX Business that the ballot measure would reverse a law that allows driver’s licenses for illegal aliens because it has failed to make the roads safer.
“The bill was supposed to require [driving] training, it doesn’t. It was supposed to force them to get insurance. It doesn’t and they said it would reduce hit and runs,” he said during an interview on “The Evening Edit” on Wednesday.
Rosenberg said hit and runs are up 26% and traffic fatalities are up over 16% since California’s Assembly Bill 60 took effect in 2015.