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OK, Tim Draper is serious about ‘Six Californias’

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper has put another $1.2 million into his “Six Californias” proposed ballot measure to split the Golden State half a dozen ways, an idea so far out there that some have wondered whether it’s a publicity stunt, a subtle satire on the initiative process, or a mid-life crisis.

The Secretary of State’s office received notice of the contribution on the same day that a “One California” committee was rolled out to oppose Draper’s plan. So, game on!

Draper had put an initial $750,000 into his effort early last month, so his running total so far is $1.95 million; no other donor has given the campaign significant money. Draper has until July 18 to submit signatures from at least 807,615 registered voters in order to qualify the measure for November’s ballot.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • JohnW

    Putin called Draper and urged him on, saying, “Crimeanently. Just do it already!”

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Why stop at six?

  • Hey You

    Figure how many senators represent the state of Rhode Island (2 for a million peope) or Delaware (2 senators for 800,000 people). Then figure how many senator represent California (2 senators for 38 million people). How is that representation working out for people in California?

  • Hey You

    Actually, it could be 38 states so senate representation for California would equal that of Rhode Island.