CBS San Francisco

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – Californians will not have the chance to vote on a plan to fracture into six smaller states, at least not by 2016.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office confirmed Friday that the initiative had failed to gather the required signatures to land on the 2016 ballot.

As recently as July the proposal appeared likely to make the statewide ballot, but it fell short of authorized signatures by a deadline Friday.

Under the plan much of the Bay Area, including Santa Cruz and Monterey, would become the state of Silicon Valley under the proposal. The northernmost counties would become Jefferson; some North Bay counties would become part of North California, an area that stretches through Sacramento to the Sierra; Stockton, Fresno and…

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