Investor says campaign to split up California will advance

Tim Draper
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper with boxes of petitions for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to split California into six states.
(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

A venture capitalist who has proposed splitting California into six states says he’s collected enough petition signatures to qualify the initiative for the 2016 ballot.

Tim Draper said he will file the signatures in Sacramento on Tuesday morning. State officials still need to review the petitions to ensure the initiative can qualify.

“California needs a reboot,” Draper’s campaign said in a statement on Monday. “With six Californias, we can refresh our government.”

Draper has prompted no shortage of eye rolling with his long-shot effort to divide California. Even if voters approve the initiative, it would need congressional approval to take effect.


“This is a colossal and divisive waste of time, energy and money,” said Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for a campaign group opposing the initiative.

Nevertheless, Draper has pumped nearly $2 million of his own money into the Six Californias initiative.

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