it's not just CA, if you look that the places in this country that are the biggest mess, liberals have been in charge either in the legislature, or leadership, or both. maybe there's an exception, but i can't think of one off the top of my head.
what's a shame in CA is that with the resources and climate, they should be booming. it is regulation, taxes, and social welfare that killed the state. anyone who could, left. any business that could, left. what stayed is the welfare class, the lower income class, and those like my parents who are retired and to old to want to relocate. there are a few others, like my brother, who years ago build his dream home on a nice piece of property, watched the market collapse and now can't move. if he can even come close to getting enough money out of his place to pay off the mortgage, i expect he'll leave also.