I can see no argument that would sway me towards california. None at all. Even if the wage was double, heck triple, it wouldn't outweigh the politics, gun laws, or the very basic fact that california is well on it's way to having no middle class to speak of. I'm sure there are enclaves of sane, normal people who just go to work, raise their families and play adult league softball twice a week; but too much of the state is nucking futs.
20 grand isnt going to go far, over three years, when you factor in the cost of living, and the wage isn't impressive nationally. My private is paying 20/hr for a day one medic whose never seen an ambulance before, and the way things are going, that medic would have a city rescue shift in six months or less.