Iam snot sure of the cdr approval rate in California but I can tell you it's very hard to be awarded ssdi benefits in California..I have a cousin who lives in san diego and was in a car accident last year...He suffered major back and neck problems and was denied 3 times by social security..Others I know in California told me the same thing...Maybe social security thinks that everybody who lives in California is a actor or a rock star and has access to other resources..who knows???
Oakland actually has some of the highest approval rates in the country, the last time I looked.
It is very difficult to be approved by meeting a Listing for a back or neck injury, add in that he was hurt a year ago and has been denied 3 times, that means he applied right away and so wouldn't have had sufficient longitudinal evidence. He would have struggled with an approval anywhere in the country.
Was he denied at the ALJ level or did he apply more than once?