Measure to Split California into Three States Qualifies for November Ballot

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Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley billionaire has boosted Cal 3 onto the November ballot. Image: ABC Family/Draper University

A measure to split California into three states has qualified for the November ballot according to CNBC.  The plan is backed by billionaire Tim Draper, who previously failed in an attempt to divide the Golden State into six states. He put $1 Million towards Cal 3 and the campaign received around 600,000 signatures (twice the required amount to qualify for the ballot).  Draper has made progress, but there are still many hurdles to face if the measure were to make its way into Congress.

Proposed California Three State Split:

  • California: This would include six counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and San Benito.
  • Southern California: This would have 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Imperial.
  • Northern California: This would make up 40 counties including those of the San Francisco Bay Area and those north of Sacramento, the state capital.
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Cal 3 proposes three separate states with relatively equal populations. Image: Cal 3

Cal 3 says that three states will provide better education, infrastructure and government for each area.  When you consider a population of almost 40 million people, it’s not surprising that some residents want a change.

“California’s diverse regions require government attention that is specifically tailored to address that area’s needs. Dividing California into smaller states will help elected officials decide which laws and tax regulations best suit that specific region, resulting in more responsive government.”

How would they split the assets, debt, and more importantly the ski resorts?!  The line is conveniently drawn right below Lake Tahoe, leaving the majority of ski resorts in North California.  Squaw, Alpine, Northstar, and Sugar Bowl (just to name a few) would all stay under the same state.  We all know where the highest population of ski bums would reside. No matter what happens, Cali will always be the region of sunshine, good skiing, and In-n-Out.

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North Cali is stacked with ski resorts in the Tahoe region. Image: Portal4Travel

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