I used to live near San Francisco. Never saw a single person poop in the street. Traffic around Los Angeles is horrible but it's not like there isn't plenty of space in the rest of the state to move if you don't like traffic. San Francisco meanwhile has pretty great public transportation. Never once saw anyone get mugged. The smog situation has improved enormously since the 80s, thanks in large part to the state's environmental policies. Some cities do have large homeless populations - because the state is very friendly to the homeless. Is that a bad thing? They used to come in and shop at the mall I worked at in Sacramento.
Not even american.