Proposal To Break California Into 3 States Could Make November Ballot

Draper 59 launched the CAL 3 initiative in October. It calls for America’s most populous state to be partitioned into three – Northern California Southern California and California

Draper 59 launched the CAL 3 initiative in October. It calls for America’s most populous state to be partitioned into three – Northern California Southern California and California

Yet another attempt to split up California into smaller states is in the works and the man behind the effort says he's collected enough signatures to put a ballot measure calling for three Californias on the November ballot.

Under Draper's plan, Northern California would include 40 counties with a population of 13.3 million people who would earn a median income of 63,000 US dollars.

Tim Draper announced Thursday that his initiative had gotten more than 600,000 signatures from registered voters across all of the state's 58 counties, surpassing the 365,880 signatures required by state law.

Under Draper's CAL 3 proposal, California would be reduced to a coastal strip running south from Monterey to just past Los Angeles.

Billionaire Tim Draper says he has enough support to ask Californians if they want to divide the nation's most populous state into three states.

Voters could get a chance to decide whether California should be split into three states this November.

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Southern California: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties.

CNN reached out to Secretary of State Alex Padilla, but he refused to comment until he receives the signatures.

Draper said on Thursday that the Cal 3 petition received "an unprecedented show of support" with more than 600,000 signatures from across the state, according to the TV report.

Even if approved by state voters, splitting up the state still would require approval from Congress - no easy thing in a sharply divided country. The three-way split goes like this: Northern California would include the Bay Area all the way to the OR border.

Steven Maviglio, a longtime Democratic Party political consultant who was a co-chair of the effort to oppose Draper's 2014 initiative to split California into six states, says "Splitting California into three and creating three new governments does nothing to solve our state's challenges other than tripling them". It's called CAL 3. "It's kind of a shame with so many important issues facing the state that this wacky idea might appear on the ballot".

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