California is not as great as it was - in fact the Golden State is rather tarnished... However, what God has provided - weather and geography is the extent of what is still great. Speaking on the SoCal front (of which I visit family and friends every year) - it is over-crowded, over-built, over-regulated, suffer the loss of Constitutional freedoms, and the political climate is horrible. Still a nice place to visit though, but to live? well, do what you need to do to be happy. That's all I'll say.