It is indeed depressing to be a Californian. We're as conservative as they get and vote that way consistently, but our votes don't count because we are considered "fly-over country" in the middle. Our conservative votes are overridden by the big liberal cities. California is a mess because we've had the same stupid party in power for umpteen years now. If we did not have small children who would be leaving their heartbroken grandparents, we'd move tomorrow. Have no idea where we'd go, but we'd leave tomorrow if we could. I hate it here. Please keep in mind that not all Californians are dolts. Most of us are just "stuck" in the state.