'Six Californias' measure close to ballot
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#1 Mar 26, 2014
Venture capitalist Tim Draper “close” to collecting signatures needed for Six Californias measure
Venture capitalist Tim Draper says he is getting “close” to collecting the necessary 800,000 signatures needed to get his “Six Californias” measure before state voters in 2014 — but he acknowledges his own internal polling shows Silicon Valley is most opposed to the idea of splitting the state into six parts.
“You’d think that Silicon Valley would benefit” greatest from the plan, said Draper, whose plan calls for the foundation of a state of Silicon Valley, which economists suggest would likely be the richest state in the nation. But “Silicon Valley is the least likely to vote for this,” Draper acknowledged Tuesday.“It’s bizarre.”
Draper made the statements at a salon before a crowd of tech insiders, journalists and San Francisco business insiders Tuesday night. The evening of discussion to explore the idea of California seccession was hosted in the San Francisco home of public relations guru Susan MacTavish, founder of the Living Mactavish fashion, food and design website.
And the questions came fast and furious for Draper at the event moderated by Matthew Bishop, the U.S. Business editor of The Economist. Draper — the founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson — appeared alongside author Michelle Richmond, whose new novel,“Golden State,’ hinges on a plot related to the topic of California secession.
Draper recently launched his “Six Californias” initiative — and we’ve reported on his effort to collect signatures to get the measure before voters. The venture capitalist and founder of the Peninsula-based Draper University for Heroes tech school has committed $750,000 toward collecting the signatures needed by May 5 to get it on the 2014 ballot.
#2 Mar 27, 2014
Imagine a piece of California without any "F "ing liberals in it ?
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