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Advocates counting signatures to split up California into six states

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LOS ANGELES — 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.

The Six Californias idea needs 808,000 signatures by July 18 to qualify for the ballot in two years. The idea is the brainchild of Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist from Menlo Park — or as he hopes to someday call it, the state of Silicon Valley.

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