There's wasn't so much as a contention as an agreement with one outlier.
California sucks. Simple as that. I could go into why, but I have a run to get to a'gettin' to. The "contention" was that you thought it was happy-land. There are happier lands then California.
Much happier. And with far less gonnerea (mispelled and I don't care), Code Pink, and bloated over-drugged wannabes.