Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill blocking state and local officials from inquiring about immigration status during routine interactions - making it harder for federal immigration enforcement officers to find undocumented residents.
Hector Trujillo, who voted for Hillary Clinton, says California is making him proud.
"It's a leader in a lot of ways, in energy and education, in a lot of things," he said. "Yes, it has its drawbacks, and it's not perfect, but it's a state that has its own independence going back over a century."
For instance, Smith says the state has most influence three miles off its shore. Yes, the Trump Administration could authorize drilling beyond that, but California could enact policies to complicate bringing that oil back.
"If Sessions' move is seen as trying to throw practical roadblocks in the way of the marijuana industry, this is through reverse," Smith said.
Rothchild says she'll continue to support trump - she's focusing on his larger agenda.
"My paradigm for thinking is beyond being in that box," she said.