Break Up California Into 3 Smaller States, Billionaire Urges

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

Draper announced on Thursday that he plans to deliver the 600,000 signatures he's collected from Californians in 58 counties to the secretary of state in hopes of getting a ballot measure approved.

A billionaire says he has ample help to ask Californians within the occasion that they should divide the nation's most populous state into three states.

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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.

Draper also suggests that California citizens would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historic boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns. The Secretary of State's office counties have a month to verify the signatures.

If the measure is approved by voters, the governor will transfer the notice of state approval to Congress, which will vote to ratify the creation of the new three-state structure. And a new California would begin in Los Angeles County and cover most of the coastal areas. Venture capitalist Tim Draper is leading the so-called CAL 3 initiative petition.

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Could California be split up to better represent its citizens? It still leaves northern California conservatives who feel ignored by urban liberals in the same Northern California state as Sacramento and the Bay Area.

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".

"The notion that smaller is handsome has not played out with any foundation in facts", Maviglio said, noting that tiny Rhode Island and the District of Columbia are regularly criticized for mismanagement. "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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