The ninth circuit has the highest number of cases overturned by SCOTUS. If SCOTUS doesn't come to our relief, yes, it will only get worse. That is one reason I am looking for my escape from CA. I LOVE living up here in Idaho half the year, but my health care is tied to residency in CA at present so we can't leave entirely at this time but we do have a plan we are putting in action to accomplish that soon. Sadly, CA is just getting too weird for me anymore and I enjoy being able to carry here in Idaho. My wife feels more secure as well.
You are right, putting any hope in the Ninth is a lost cause right from the start. Will SCOTUS step in and even here a case? We will have to wait to see.