If it weren’t for the clueless government and traffic why would anyone leave?
The only reasons many people have stuck around as long as they have is because the weather in much of California is fantastic and because one can drive from orange groves to world class or close to world class skiing in 2 hours. (In theory.) One can put up with a lot when it’s 75 degrees, sunny, with low humidity. I know I could.
But there are limits.