Interestingly, Tim Draper, a venture capitalist from Silicon Valley, has created a plan to break California into three states—California, South California and North California. He drafted a petition and collected 600,000 thousand signatures, which are more than enough to get the proposed plan onto November’s ballet. This means that in November, there might actually be a real opportunity for Californians to vote whether they think that the state should be split apart. Draper calls the plan “Cal3.”
Draper has conceived a map of how California will be split up if his plan takes effect. The political divisions between the new states would be based upon the already-exiting political borders of counties. He divided the state based on population, as well as county borders. So, according to Draper, “California” would consist of all the counties on the coast of the southern part of the state, with the exception of the two most southerly coastal counties. “North California” would consist of the entire northern part of California, and “South California” would consist of all of the land in the south part of the state.
From looking at the map, it seems that the state has been split up to separate conservative/Republican-majority areas from liberal/Democratic-majority areas. Furthermore, it seems that the state has been split up in such a way to give liberals/Democrats the political advantage. If California was really split into three pieces in accordance with Draper’s plan, it would break into two Democrat-leaning states and only one Republican-leaning state. California and North California—the two California’s with liberal/Democratic affiliations—would outnumber the more conservative South California in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
If Cal3 actually does get voted in by Californian voters, it will still have a long way to go before it becomes fully accepted. The state legislature will have to give the okay and approve the bill. Then, the bill would have to be accepted by the governor. The last step would be the approval of the United States Congress. This last step would be the least likely to turn out successful, because there is a pretty good chance that the federal government doesn’t want a messy situation on their hands. The situation would be messy because it would take a lot of time and money to figure out how to restructure and reorganize everything between the new states.
The plan would also be a big mess between the three Californias because of the fact that they would have to decide how to share much-desired resources such as educational and medical institutions.