>> California, the land of sun and surf is also saddled with high taxes, choking traffic and struggling schools. Silicon valley venture capitalist Tim Draper thinks the Golden State could better tackle these problems. If it was broken into three smaller states, And he's hoping California voters will agree with him.
>> We get an opportunity for a fresh start, we're not stuck. All the baggage and all of the controlling influences that California has today.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Fresno. A place that might have a little more say over its affairs if it wasn't in the same state as mega cities like Los Angeles and San Fransisco.
At least that's the argument for splitting the state. And Californians might have a chance to vote yes or no in this idea in the November election.>> Draper and others involved in the effort like spokeswomen Peggy Grande. Say the states qualtiy of life has fallen dramatically over their life times.
>> Myself, I was born and raised here in Southern California, I raised my four children here. And it breaks my heart to see what happened to California and to think that it's a place that my own children will not be able to stay.>> Draper's been here before, he spent $5 million in 2016 on a failed effort to break the state into six pieces.
Now that primary elections are over, he's hoping voters will turn their attention to his three state proposal. A similar attempt to get rid of a state government that he says has been captured by public employee unions, and other special interests.>> It's time to clear the decks.>> Okay.
>> And now's the time, now's the only time.
make it happen, make it happen>>
If successful, it would be the first time a state split up since the Civil War, but Draper has to change a lot of minds. A recent poll found that only 17% of Californians think that it's a good idea.
>> At this point it's not a sure thing that the Free State's Proposal will make it on the ballot. The California Secretary of State has to approve it first. And even if it passes, they still have to get approval from Congress. And lawmakers from other states might worry that this could dilute their influence on Capitol Hill.
So supporters have many hurdles ahead, but at least they've got the conversation started.