Draper will hold a news conference Tuesday morning before delivering the first batch of signatures to the Sacramento County Registration and Elections office. So far, Draper is the only contributor to the measure: He has put up $4.9 million of his own money to get this far.
“California needs a reboot,” says a news release issued Monday. “Six Californias is our opportunity to solve the many problems we face today. Six Californias gives us an opportunity to create a better future for all 38 million of us. Six states that are more representative and accountable. Six states that embrace innovation and strive to improve the lives of residents. With Six Californias we can refresh our government. California is a beautiful place to live. Let’s make it a great place to thrive.”
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office reports Draper’s plan to split California – now 14th among the 50 states in per capita income – would create both the nation’s richest state (Silicon Valley) and its poorest (Central California).
“This is a colossal and divisive waste of time, energy, and money that will hurt the California brand, our ability to attract business and jobs, and move our state forward together,” said Steve Maviglio, spokesman for the OneCalifornia committee created to oppose Draper’s effort. “It’s unfortunate that Mr. Draper is putting his millions into this effort to split up our state rather than help us face our challenges.”