Billionaire wants to split California into three new states

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 August, 2017, 2:50pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 August, 2017, 2:52pm

Northern California. Southern California. Just plain “California” – but smaller.

If a tech billionaire in the Golden State has his way, California would be broken into those three new states, with Sacramento and San Francisco anchoring the one in the north, San Diego anchoring the one in the south and Los Angeles the one in the middle.

The effort to break up California is the work of Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist who was behind a failed attempt to break the state into six pieces in 2014.

Now he’s at it again and has already submitted the paperwork to propose a statewide ballot measure in 2018.

The documents Draper sent to the California Attorney General’s office on August 18 argue 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.”

As was the case with Draper’s earlier effort, the odds of success are extreme. The New York Times outlined the lengthy process on Wednesday: Voters, the state legislature and the US Congress would all have to approve the plan.

The measure would need 585,407 valid voter signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot.