Look dude I live here. It may be in slightly better shape than it was two years ago but it's still a crap place to live unless you are a complete establishment democrat.
I live here too, in the Bay Area. I moved here after college because job prospects are better here than in Louisiana. California isn't perfect, but it's nowhere the socialist hell hole that people on this board make it out to be. I hate the PC correctness out here, don't like the higher taxes, I don't like the micromanagement that the government often feels like it has to impose on us, but at the same time, California, especially the Bay Area feels like it's 10-20 years more modern than Louisiana. I'm no Democrat, but if the Republican party is to survive, it needs to modernize it's outlook and stop living in the 1950's.