Why do people think that, just because someone is from California, that they are granola-munching, rainbow flag hanging, birkenstock-wearing, and just plain stupid? They also seem to think we're pot-smoking hippies (a lot of us are, though). Why? We're no different from any state when it comes to intellectual status. In America, we are all individuals. Our state is not who we are, and most people in a state don't fit its stereotypes.
I know how you feel. I'm originally from there and moved to Georgia. Even here they treat me as a redneck and I'm like "This is fucking Georgia! If anything, you're worse! Dukes of Hazard? HONEY BOO BOO CHILD? HELLO?" They get mad mad at me when I do that.