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"Partitioning California into three states would empower regional communities to make better, fairer and more sensible decisions for their citizens". Venture capitalist Tim Draper is leading the so-called CAL 3 initiative petition.

Draper lobbied unsuccessfully for similar ballot initiatives in 2014 and 2016, but this year he said he was able to amass approximately 600,000 signatures, well more than the 365,880 required.

"After CAL 3 delivers the support of more than 600,000 citizens to the secretary of state and the signatures are properly vetted and approved, the initiative will be slotted for inclusion on the ballot in November, giving everyone in California a chance to be heard". Higher than 366,000 are wished to put the question on the November ballot. Draper noted it is almost twice as much support as the 365,880 required by state law to get the initiative on the ballot.

Draper has proposed creating California, Northern California and Southern California. The Secretary of State's office counties have a month to verify the signatures.

Under Draper's CAL 3 proposal, California would be reduced to a coastal strip running south from Monterey to just past Los Angeles.

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Northern California: This would include the Bay Area and the 31 remaining counties north of Sacramento.

Under U.S. federal law, splitting California would require congressional approval even if the proposal is placed on state ballot.

"To create three states from a standing start, you'll get all the benefits of knowing all the things that worked in the past, and all the things that could work in the future and you get to eliminate all the baggage you got in the state", Draper said in a news conference Thursday night at Draper University.

A new California, the smallest in size, would consist of the current state's central coast and Los Angeles with a median income of 53,000 dollars.

Creating two new states would add four new members to the U.S. Senate, two for each of the additional Californias.