Very well put! I love California regardless. I wouldn’t change it for anything. Not as bad as people seem to think.In two words: the weather.
Those of us that live in the lower two-thirds of the California coast (up to probably 100 miles inland) enjoy a Mediterranean climate, comprising a fair amount of the world's such climate outside of its namesake; the only other areas are part of the Chilean coast, a small bit of South Africa and a large chunk of the southern coast of Australia (the sum of all of this area might fit inside of the state of California). I think most of the population of California lives in this region.
This means we get to drive our cars the equivalent of 24/7 about 48 weeks (maybe 50 weeks with the current drought) a year; and no bugs, humidity, rarely excessive heat, etc. Even when it does rain the roads are dry in a few hours once the sun hits them. Thus we get to enjoy our stock vehicles almost nonstop during the year.
Jay Leno commented that the GT500 in its latest iteration is as "good as it gets" with OEM equipment without aftermarket items that break emission rules (I suspect he meant both federal and state laws). This comment was instrumental in my choosing the 2021 GT500 and I give thanks daily that California always it to be sold as is (albeit with "50 states emissions" required) and I never expect to alter it in any way.
I will gladly drive my OEM-equipped GT500 for weeks on end while others wait for weather to clear.