Why don't patrol officers wear plain clothes and drive less distinctively configured vehicles?
Why don't patrol officers wear clothing that conceals their firearms so as to present a less threatening or imposing figure to the public?
Wouldn't it be easier to detect speed violators or those who violate other driving ordinances if you could blend into traffic?
Wouldn't it be easier to walk up to a suspected criminal if you were in a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops instead of in uniform with a shiny badge and an easily visible gun on your hip?
Carrying an unloaded firearm probably shouldn't make anyone feel 'safe', but it's certainly safer to have an unloaded firearm that can be loaded as opposed to not being able to carry at all.
No one is 'tying up Police resources' as we do not have the Authority to demand that officers perform an "(e)-check", that's up to the officer not the carrier. You say you "have to do" the check. What is the California Code that requires you do do so?
And I think we can all lay the blame for not being able to carry loaded squarely with the legislature of California.
As for me, why do I openly carry a loaded firearm?
For the same reason that I openly wear my Magen David, because I have nothing to to be ashamed of, nothing to hide and no therefor no reason to conceal.