Venture Capitalist Tim Draper has bankrolled a ballot measure to divide California into three states. It has received more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
Assuming the more than 600,000 signatures are verified by the California Secretary of State, it would give residents their first chance since before the Civil War to vote on whether to divvy up the most populous U.S. state.
Right-wing kooks finally have their chance to bolt from their Bay Area and Southern California masters.
The Mercury News reports that the CAL 3 campaign plans to deliver the 600,000-plus signatures, which Draper said represent all 58 counties, next week. Draper noted it is nearly twice as much support as the 365,880 required by state law to get the initiative on the ballot.
The Secretary of State’s office counties have a month to verify the signatures. You can expect foul play.
Under Draper’s CAL 3 proposal, California would be reduced to a coastal strip running south from Monterey to just past Los Angeles.
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 Oregon border.
A new Southern California state would run south from the Northern California border, skirt around the coast from Monterey past Los Angeles, and include San Diego, Death Valley and the rest of the state east to Nevada and Arizona.
Even if approved by state voters, splitting up the state still would require approval from Congress — no easy thing in a sharply divided country.
It remains to be seen if Draper can pull this off. Conservatives in California have a well-earned reputation for failure. To expect Draper and his followers to pull this off is a long-shot at best. It will more likely end up a comedy of errors and another epic fail for Republicans.