The state of California has only had limited attraction to me. I like the terrain there, the mountains and the ocean. It is a large state with a lot to do and see. The weather seems to be comfortable.
It comes across as a state for extroverts. That is, for people who are social and out-going and really into their appearance. I am not one of those people. So the appeal of Cali is limited. I don't know if I've ever heard of California described as gentle and quiet or as a place to find a calm little nook in which to read. I've never heard of introverts making it because they lived in California.
I have been out there a few times. It seemed so far away from everything else. I have gone through San Francisco on the way to other things. The longest time I was in California was when I was at Lake Tahoe for a summer church mission. It was a beautiful place and the population was not overwhelming. The amount of gambling going on was a bit shocking.
The people of California seem to be privileged and influential. Often times, I hear of some agenda or policy that comes from out there that doesn't seem to fit my view of the world. So it is hard not to dismiss the all people way out west as those without scruples and in need of better judgement.
Someday I want to move to a better climate. I would be really surprised, however, if I ever ended up in California.