"Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes", Tim Draper, the billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist who sponsored the "Cal 3" ballot measure, told the Times a year ago.
The reasons for wanting to split California up?
Venture capitalist Tim Draper, fresh off an attention-grabbing victory getting a proposal onto the November ballot to split California into three states, said on Wednesday he was confident voters ill-served by their government would embrace the plan.
The proposal would see California shrunk down to its coastal areas between Los Angeles and Sonoma Counties. The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state government structure, it is too big to succeed. "Californians deserve a better future". Even if it wins passage from voters, the measure would face significant hurdles. Backers of the measure argue California has become "ungovernable" because of its economic and geographic diversity as well as its population approaching 40 million people.
The "Cal 3" plan would leave Los Angeles and a strip along the West Coast up to Monterey as California, the Los Angeles Times reported. Southern California would include 12 counties, including areas as north as Madera and Fresno counties, Bakersfield, Riverside and San Diego.
Northern California would include cities between the Bay Area and the OR border.
What are the chances of this happening?
Political experts say Congress is unlikely to approve a split-up of California, especially Democrats who would be deeply reluctant to break up a dependably blue state. With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.
Californians have talked about breaking up with themselves ever since California became a state in 1850.
"How would we pay for basic services, what are our basic services, how would we fund just basic state government", he said.
A California split is a long shot, to say the least. A measure to have California secede from the union, known as CalExit, is still in the signature-gathering stage. Since then, the billionaire scaled back his ambition from six states to three and enlisted the help of former UKIP leader Nigel Farage in 2016, to learn from the Brexit campaign's success.