Plan to split California into three states makes the November ballot

June 13, 2018

If Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper gets his way, San Luis Obispo County will join Los Angeles in a coastal cluster of six counties that will make up the new state of California. [Cal Coast Times]

On Tuesday, the California Secretary of State’s Office announced that Draper’s initiative received the needed number of signatures to go on the ballot. Now Californians are set to vote on the “Division of California into Three States” initiative in November.

Draper’s initiative calls for the division of California into the new states of “California,” “Northern California” and “Southern California.” Even if the measure does pass, it will require congressional approval to break up the existing state of California.

As outlined in the initiative, the new state of California would consist of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties. The state of Northern California would contain 40 counties, including those in the Sacramento and Bay areas. Southern California would consist of 12 counties, including San Diego and Orange counties, the Inland Empire and much of the Central Valley.

In a letter explaining the initiative Draper stated California has become nearly ungovernable and numerous regions of the state are inadequately represented in Sacramento.

“Political representation of California’s diverse population and economies has rendered the state nearly ungovernable. Additionally, vast parts of California are poorly served by a representative government dominated by a large number of elected representatives from a small part of our state, both geographically and economically,” Draper stated. “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.”

If the ballot measure were to pass and Congress were to approve of splitting up California, the state’s assets and liabilities would be divided among the three states. The new states would then make their own decisions about taxes and spending.

Draper previously pushed an initiative aiming to split California into six states. The initiative did not qualify for the ballot.


Since California became a state in 1850 there have more than 200 attempts to divide it. It’s not likely to happen this time.


Donald would approve.

Weakens influence from the west cost.

Ralph Snart

It isn’t going to happen.


Hey, why are we lumped in with LA? Aren’t we in enough trouble?


One more example – can’t fix stupid, especially billionaire stupid. What a shame the ballot gets filled with such nonsense.

The Identarian

It’s too bad the good people of SLO, SB and Ventura County’s are lumped in with the trash from LA.

The Identarian

Look at Illinois. Chicago calls the shots, the rest of the state (the good people) really have little to no voice. In the map above, Northern California has the bay area but they also have a huge rural area which may offset the lefties in the bay area. I can see here in Southern California the north part will always be at odds with LA. The State of California (in orange) will probably be blessed with the most common sense.


It will be very interesting to see this split. Thousands of people commute from Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties to LA County to work. After the split, they will be commuting between states. Their incomes will therefore be taxed by two states. Dividing this up will be quite a mess.


What would happen to the state government in Sacramento? Would it go to one of the new states? Or would it be dissolved and three all new governments be created?


“the state’s assets and liabilities would be divided among the three states”. wonder if that concept has been thought through? i’ll take the assets and you take the debt? would be fun to watch the horse trading. let’s do it! somebody’s going to pay more in taxes. oh, wait, are illegals an asset?