The biggest negative about California is that it's expensive. The rest is spilt milk fake news.
I’m going to respectfully disagree with you on this. I lived in SoCal since I was 4 years old until retiring at 58 years old. It was a wonderful place to grow up in, and for most of my adult life I was a proud Californian. Sadly, elected officials have turned the once great Golden State to a laughingstock. While it wasn’t ideal, I was OK with the higher cost of living as I owned an affordable house and had a comfortable income. Economics was not the reason I fled the state. Intrusive laws and regulations, restrictive and overbearing government mandates drove me (and millions of others) away. Nothing fake about it.
I'd genuinely be curious to know of specific examples and how they impacted your life.
The community where I live attracts many of California's retirees. They often complain, but rarely do any have any concrete examples and I always read between the lines that it is economics. Maybe I'm wrong? More often than not it seems to be the siren song of the Boomer that they wish to turn the clock back to the 50's when they were children, life was simple, and tax rates were lower. Halcyon days.
As a lifetime Ca resident (with the exception of 4 years in PA for college) I too understand the immense problems Ca faces and will continue to face. I am not going to get into politics too much here, but we are a one party state, and when Jerry Brown is considered a voice of moderation within that party, the state is in trouble. Our politicians are promising everything to everyone, and there is no way that is not going to drive up taxes much further. Not to mention, the quality of life (including huge increases in crime) continues to get worse here. I am looking forward to leaving in 5-7 years...