LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Voters could get a chance to decide whether California should be split into three states this November.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper, who authored an initiative to break up the Golden State, says it has received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Draper says the initiative, which he calls the “CAL 3” has more than 600,000 signatures and will be submitted to election officials next week.

The initiative needed signatures from 365,880 registered voters – 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2014 election – to qualify for the ballot.

“This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity,” Draper said.

Splitting California into three states would require congressional approval.

The initiative proposes a central state that would consist of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties; a southern state made up of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera and Mono counties; and the 40 remaining counties grouped into a northern states.

The new states would be named by its residents, according to the initiative.

Draper said he conceived the initiative out of a belief that “the citizens of the whole state would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns.”

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.”

“CAL 3” has no connection to efforts to have California secede from the United States.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

Comments (76)
  1. Steve Dutch says:

    What a weird division. Monterey County is aligned with the Bay Area and the Sierra Nevada counties all belong together. This is almost designed to fail. Better, everything from Fresno to the border in a southern state, from Monterey and San Benito to Sonoma and Lake in a second state, everything else in the third.

    1. Actually the better split would be along the Coastal range and leave the coast to it’s own liberal demise.

  2. Under this plan, Northern California could keep all the water that gets shipped down to Southern California.

    1. Then North Cal could. Charge central and South Calif for water usage, waste.
      Would boost thier rather poor economy.

    2. This map looks like Yosemite will become Southern California. San Francisco has been getting this water since 1920’s. Where would SF get its water once that water supply becomes LA’s?

  3. Ed Zavada says:

    The US Constitution, Article IV, Section 3:

    New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

    This will require Congress to sign off as well.

    1. “Splitting California into three states would require congressional approval.” Way to read the whole article before shooting your mouth off!

  4. I like how this is divided in a way to keep a large democratic population in each of the three new states, ensuring the new very blue states come out of it. The red counties would continue to have no representation inside the state(s) or out. This is a democratic power grab.

  5. Sql V. Zus says:

    It’s good idea. Let’s put it on the ballot and do it!

    1. Good idea or not, it isn’t likely to happen. BOTH the state legislature and Governor would have to be on board, unless they had a veto-proof majority. And why would any Governor agree to give up 2/3rds of his territory?? Also, Congress would have to approve. Depending on the way lines were drawn, one of the two parties would fight tooth and nail to stop this… so you’d have to have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate for the side that will ‘gain’ electoral votes…

  6. Impossible…. there is no more room for more stars on the flag.

  7. stupid division. two states, north and south, but not three. the proposal reaps of politics.

  8. I say let them secede and we just continue the wall North at the CA border!

  9. I’m waiting for Gov Moonbeam to demand that “his CA” be the one to control the border, so he can still flood the country with illegals, or he won’t allow the vote. I really hope the news about a possible GOP governor gaining favor and followers is true. CA was great once, it needs to return to those days.

  10. This is an attempt to gerrymander on a large scale. Don’t buy it!

  11. This would be a great thing for our State to do, The present state government does not truly represent the will of the people, they represent special interests of a well financed group, common to the narrow minds and restrictions of freedom common to high density population centers, that do not even have to face the same life experience of the people who live in more remote areas of California. so the needs of this population is ignored due to less population in these areas.

  12. Len Gundert says:

    Follow the money. All this is is a way for the people who wrote the proposition to make more profits by decreasing taxes and regulations imposed by the legislatures in Sactown. So transparently disgusting.

  13. Jeff Fisher says:

    This looks like GOP gerrymandering on a massive scale, with one state that is composed entirely of Democratic counties so the GOP can take a majority of the other two and get two more senators out of the deal.