Proponents for a plan to split up California into a half-dozen separate states were working feverishly Monday to verify signatures gathered from across the state over the weekend in support of a petition to get the measure on the ballot, officials said.
Draper has sunk $2 million into signature gathering for the proposal. He maintains it will break bureaucratic deadlock in Sacramento (in the proposed state of North California) and attract more business.
"California has become the worst managed state in the country," he told The Times this spring. "It just is too big and too ungovernable."
Anna Morris, spokeswoman for Six Californias, said in an email Monday that it would take awhile to verify signatures gathered over the weekend, but that the group plans to release the tally once it's completed.
"For people who put our chances at zero, we say that we are dedicated to challenging the status quo and are hopeful that Six Californias will be the much needed refresh for state government," she said.
Joe Rodota, the co-chair of OneCalifornia, an opposition group, downplayed the significance of getting signatures on a petition.
"This is just a process that pretty much any well-funded interest can pursue," said Rodota, former cabinet secretary for Gov. Pete Wilson. The real challenge, he said, is ballot approval and "it's just very difficult to get a 'yes' vote historically."