I think the basic question here is "Can a SoCal resident 'gift' a SoCal Annual Pass to a NON-SoCal resident?" The answer is No, but PLEASE correct me if you find out differently, PLEASE!
Lived the first 33 years of my life in So Cal and still have most of my family there. I would LOVE it if they were able to get me a So Cal pass, but it's always been 'no dice' in the past when they've checked on it. They have always been told "you must BE a So Cal resident to have a So Cal pass".