I don't know anyone with this problem in Texas. Maybe your difficulty is related to the job market in California. Or, perhaps you're applying at places where they only hire new accountants they've recruited from college campuses. Plus, interns are often students majoring in accounting. These people then get priority for permanent jobs after graduation.
Focus on applying for jobs at smaller local accounting firms rather than national or regional operations in the top 20 by size. You’re allowed to obtain your experience requirement for CPA licensing by working under the supervision of any existing CPA – including one with a solo practice or a small partnership with another CPA.