There could be a vote on it in two years
As the article suggests, this move, even if it made it on the ballot (which it hasn’t yet officially because it’s already past deadline) is very unlikely to pass and work.
But as a native Northern Californian and current Southern California resident, the mere suggestion of separation was a really nasty blow. California is a dysfunctional family, it’s true. But out of that dysfunction has grown the world’s 5th largest economy. We are beautiful and we are powerful, and we are those things because we have each other.
This plan would create the poorest state in the union. Even poorer than Mississippi and Alabama. It’s a big fuck you from Silicon Valley to Imperial County.