Man behind plan to split up California likes chances in November vote

Larry Hoffman
June 15, 2018

Now Draper is back with a more modest proposal to create three Californias, and he's managed to spend enough money and get enough signatures for it to appear on the November 2018 general-election ballot, cheek by jowl with more conventional initiatives on matters like gas and property taxes. The measure became eligible for the general election almost two months after Cal 3, the group behind the initiative, said it turned in more than 600,000 signatures to the Secretary of State.

The initiative is spearheaded by billionaire venture capitalist and bitcoin enthusiast Tim Draper.

Draper's initiative calls for the division of California into the new states of "California", "Northern California" and "Southern California".

Cal 3, as this campaign is called, would create the states of Northern California, Southern California and a narrow central coast strip retaining the name California, as described on the website.

The California secretary of state's office on Tuesday certified that the ballot measure had received more than 402,468 valid signatures.

With slightly more than 39 million people, California is the most populous state in the nation.

Northern California would include 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 counties. Were voters to approve his ballot measure, the effort would need the blessing of both houses of the California Legislature - lawmakers who, in a sense, would be asked to abandon their posts.

- Southern California would comprise 12 counties, including Fresno, Kern, Orange and San Diego counties.

Draper, who made his fortune investing in startup companies, is proposing that the state of 40 million people be split into three entities with roughly the same populations. He says dividing state parks and the education system would be costly and a logistical nightmare.

"Dems consider California to be a single golden empire, it would be hard for them to accept it as three golden empires".

Jefferson State representatives plan to hold a press conference at Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Sacramento Thursday at 3:00pm.

Many times. The California Legislature agreed to split off areas south of the Tehachapi Mountains into a separate territory in 1859.

It was that issue - economic sustainability - that helped fell two of Draper's previous efforts in 2012 and 2014, to create six California states.

On Facebook, we asked Californians if they agree?

Under Cal3, California, which has nearly 40 million people and an economy that ranks as the world's fifth largest, would be split into three still fairly large states.

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