The California delegation is massive so there's not a hotel big enough to house them all, which has forced some of the group to stay more than an hour away in South Carolina. Others moved out of their downtown hotel rooms after they failed to meet inspections.
Setbacks aside, the delegates are making their voices heard this week in Charlotte.
California delegate Chris Stampolis is a member of the Democratic National Committee. He says the gathering is helping draw attention to what the president wants to do for the state.
STAMPOLIS: "From a California perspective we need continued investment in our public infrastructure. We need to continue to look at how we can invest in the future for student's education. What we are doing right now with our community colleges is absolutely horrid. What the Republicans are putting forward on the national scale is basically saying 'hey some people are going to win and some people are going to lose.' And the Republicans think that that's a good thing that some people are going to lose."
Northern California delegate Elizabeth Moffet says this week is important because it's allowing her party to cut through Republican distortions.
MOFFET: "Everything has improved, but it's just if you have a huge hole dug, Obama's filling it in, but we haven't quite got the hole completely filled in yet. But I think he's done a good job, and when you have a Republican Congress that won't pass anything it is difficult to get things done. But I'm proud of what he has gotten done."
Sacramento delegates say they're eagerly awaiting tonight's headliner: former President Bill Clinton.