Billionaire Seeks To Split California Into 3 States

Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana Mexico background and San Diego in San Diego. California Gov. Jerry Brown agreed Wednesday

The central state of California would consist of the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito.

The initiative proposed by billionaire venture capitalist Timothy Draper seeks to carve up the state into Northern California, Southern California and a new California. Los Angeles, home to the nation's big-screen film business, would remain in the brand new California, however farmland and populous places, combined with San Francisco and the Silicon Valley technology hub, would be divided into the additional countries.

Enterprise capitalist Tim Draper says he plans to ship larger than 600,000 signatures subsequent week to be verified by California's secretary of state.

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.

The northern state would include the other 40 counties.

Draper, who had a hand in investing in the early stages of Tesla and Skype, backed a 2014 proposal to turn the Golden State into six states.

Under U.S. federal law, splitting California would require congressional approval even if the proposal is placed on state ballot.

Billionaire Seeks To Split California Into 3 States

Draper believes 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'.

The Bay Area would be part of a new Northern California state with a border that starts north of Monterey, runs east and north to the Nevada state line, and includes everything north to the OR border.

"CAL 3" has no connection to efforts to have California secede from the United States. Draper said voters overwhelmingly approved the splitting of California into two states in 1859, but Congress never acted on that request due to the divisions that led to the Civil War in 1861.

CAL 3 is not a pro-secession movement.

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

To go in to effect, California would first must certify 585,400 of those signatures that Draper has gathered, and Republicans in November would have to go on the step.

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