California to Stay in One Piece Following Failed 'Six Californias' Initiative

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September 14, 2014

California will remain in tact and will not be split into six pieces following the failure of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s “Six Californias” initiative to secure a spot on the November 2016 ballot due to insufficient signatures. The Secretary of State’s Office made the announcement on Friday and reported that a random check conducted by the county registrars on about 54,000 of the more than 1.1 million petition signatures collected by Draper’s campaign revealed that there were a number of invalid signatures, according to the San Jose Mercury News.  Based on that sampling, officials reportedly estimated that only 752,685 of the million-plus signatures would be considered valid; that figure falls short of the 807,615 signatures needed for the initiative to qualify for the 2016 ballot and vote. Draper’s personal investment of $5.2 million into the initiative to break California up into six parts was not enough to secure a spot for a statewide vote, notes the Mercury News. Draper’s plan would break California down as follows:  Silicon Valley: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Jefferson: Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama,

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