I'm a native Californian, but it makes me sad to say that. This state is the most constantly bad, and least tolerant of the states I've lived in or visited. It's kind of a "how not to" on how to govern, mind your own business, or help those less fortunate. Cali usually ranks dead last on Quality of Life metrics according to U.S. News and world report. I'm not sure about that -- if you're rich, it's pretty nice. But if you're struggling and have a family, it's harsh. Their progressivism has made it one of the hardest states to get ahead in.
Having lived all over the nation, the Bay Area is the least tolerant place I've lived.
Tolerance being how you treat people you disagree with -- so the way they treat cigarette smokers (but not marajuana), the military, fast food restaurants, those that disagree with them on any topic by calling everyone racist, sexist, homophobes, that's how much tolerance they have. The collectivist credo: demand conformity, bitch when you don't get it, henpeck anyone who disagrees, then blame the other side for not being tolerant enough of your ideas (if they complain), while being completely intolerance to theirs. Cuba, Venezuela, the Bay Area? The differences are just in the degree.
Examples of Intolerance
Examples of Incompetence
Being incompetent is bad. Being incompetent and sanctimonious about it, is worse. So I don't mind some of their mistakes (some drive me nuts), but combine it with lecturing the world on how they are better, while they're actually worse? And that's a lot of bullshit for a single mouthful. Here's a light sampling of some of the things that makes California one of the most short-bus special places that I've lived or visited:California + Incompetence : 14 items
- GDPR - Europe hates tech companies and tolerance. So the EU passed a poorly written law that tries to protect consumer privacy in all the wrong ways, by draconian punishments on a hard deadline, called GDPR. Since it was implemented by Europe, big tech companies were all complying with it, in both the U.S. and abroad: single standard. So now that it was completely not-needed, California passed an equally poorly written variant for just California, to irritate everyone. This could have been implemented well, but that's not how they did it. 
- Illegal to hunt whales from a moving car - So it is OK from a parked car? And I don't know about you, but I haven't seen many whales from a car -- whales live in the Ocean, cars drive on land! This is what the California tolerance looks like.
- It is a crime (punishable by $500 fine and 6 months in prison) to set off a Nuclear device within city limits. I feel much better knowing that.
Some people claim that California is "leading the nation". On some issues they try -- but sometimes I don't want to follow.
Others claim that California is more "Liberal". I find it ironic that the nation finds California "liberal", when about some things California the biggest bunch of politically-correct, intollerant, goose stepping brown shirts I've ever met. Liberal means tolerant towards those you disagree with, and no state is less tolerant of others views than California. Of course, not all laws in California are bad -- and niether is all of California. Californians are tollerant of a lot of things. But I think that when people think of California as the left-coast, or as Liberal, they might want to think about what that means, because I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean what they think it does.