The state would be divided into California, Northern California, and Southern California. The new California state along the coast from the counties of Monterey to Los Angeles would be a net importer of water from the proposed Northern California and Southern California.
Silicon Valley billionaire entrepreneur Tim Draper wants to split California into three with his Cal-3 campaign.
"The citizens of the whole state would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities, and towns", Draper wrote to the Attorney General's office when explaining his proposal. It ultimately did not receive enough valid petition signatures, according to the L.A. Times. If passed, the state constitution mandates both houses of the California legislature approve the proposal before it's submitted to Congress, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The rest, including San Diego and the inland desert communities, would become Southern California.
Nevertheless, Draper has argued it's necessary to fix the state government. The state report notes that California's water system is "one of the most complex in the world" because water "does not naturally appear in California where demand is highest".
Voters will decide if California should be split into three states
This is the third time Draper has tried to get voters to weigh in on breaking up the most populous U.S. state.
Plenty of ideas about splintering California into smaller states have popped up - including an effort by rural, more conservative northern counties that seek to break away to become "State of Jefferson".
But there's many reasons to be skeptical that voters will choose to split the state.
But even if the plan is approved at the ballot box, Congress would still have the final say on whether it can go ahead.
An April poll from Survey USA found that voters were not in favor of splitting the state by a margin of 4 to 1.