[As per usual, the issue of RACE is handled with kid gloves, but otherwise, not too bad.]
Once upon a
time, millions upon millions of young people dreamed of moving to California. Nearly endless sunshine, pristine beaches and
a booming economy made it seem like paradise to many.
But now those
days are long gone. Unemployment is
rampant, home prices have fallen like a rock, violent crime and gang activity
are on the rise, local governments all over California are facing horrible financial
problems, millions of illegal immigrants have poured into the state, traffic
around the big cities is nightmarish and tax rates are absolutely outrageous. Plus
there is the constant threat that your home could be destroyed by an
earthquake, a wildfire or a mudslide. In
recent years, hordes of hard working families have decided that they have had
enough and have decided to move away from California.
since the year 2000 more than 1.6 million people have moved away from the state
There are still a few pockets of the state that are still very beautiful and
that have been sheltered from the economic nightmare that is sweeping the rest
of the state. But in general, most cities in California are rapidly becoming giant
doubt, the "California Dream" has now become a "California
Nightmare" for most residents of the state.
Do you live
in California? If so, perhaps now is the time to move. The following are 16 really good reasons to
move away from California....
#1 California Is Run By
Liberal Elitist Control Freaks That Have No Common Sense At All
seem to love to impose absolutely ridiculous rules and regulations on the
taxpayers. For example, many local
governments in the state are now seeking to require that most new housing be
built with at least 20 units on a single acre.
This gives the phrase "being close with your neighbors" a
whole new meaning. The following is from
a recent Wall Street Journal article....
"Metropolitan area governments are adopting
plans that would require most new housing to be built at 20 or more to the
acre, which is at least five times the traditional quarter acre per house.
State and regional planners also seek to radically restructure urban areas,
forcing much of the new hyperdensity development into narrowly confined
many more examples of this control freak mentality. As I wrote about recently, one California town is
actually considering making it illegal to smoke in your own backyard.
In some California cities you
even need to get permission from the government to gather with your friends. For example, in San Juan Capistrano it is actually illegal to
hold a home Bible study without a "conditional use permit".
#2 California Is A Horrible
Place To Do Business
years in a row, CEOs ranked California as the
worst place in the United States
to do business. Thousands of good
companies have left the state in recent years, and yet California lawmakers continue to pile on
more rules, regulations and taxes.
#3 The California Economy Is A
unemployment rate in California
is still well above 10 percent. In fact,
the number of people unemployed in the state of California
is approximately equivalent to the populations of Nevada,
New Hampshire and Vermont combined. In 2010, only about 37 percent of the entire
population of the state of California
had a job.
Municipalities All Over California
Are Going Broke And Will Soon Need To Raise Taxes Substantially Just To Survive
Did you know
that Stockton, California is so broke that it recently
started skipping debt payments? The
following is from a recent Reuters article....
"Badly hit by the burst of the property
boom, California's Stockton,
with 292,000 people and east of San
Francisco, has endorsed defaults on $2 million of debt
payments and may file for municipal bankruptcy if it cannot reach deals with
creditors. The California ski resort, Mammoth Lakes, is also bargaining with creditors
in a bid to avoid bankruptcy."
But as bad as
Stockton is doing, the truth is that Orange County
may be in even worse shape. The
following is from a recent article by Chris
"Like the Titanic a hundred years ago that
ignored warnings and ran full-speed into a massive iceberg, Orange County
is taking enormous financial risks rather than addressing its gaping cash-flow
deficit. The county quietly entered into $518 million of illiquid and unsecured
interest rate wagers, mostly financed from payroll and savings accounts of
local schools and other government agencies. With spending rising, revenue
falling, and liquidity drying up, the danger of hitting another iceberg is
"Despite falling property and sales taxes, Orange County
inexplicably increased spending by $145.8 million for this fiscal year, which
ends on June 30, 2012. In an exceptionally selfish move to bail-out the
county’s gaping budget shortfall, the Orange County Treasurer in November
skimmed off $73.5 of property taxes that belonged to local schools and
point, the Orange County Employees Retirement System is estimated to have a 10
billion dollar unfunded pension liability.
How does a
single county dig a 10 billion dollar hole?
Municipalities Are Severely Slashing Government Services All Over The State
When you have
no more money, you have to start cutting somewhere. In many cities in California, government services are being
curtailed dramatically. Just check out
what is going on in Costa Mesa....
a city of 110,000 south of Los Angeles,
has slashed its payroll from 611 to 450. It is selling its police helicopters
and has hired a neighboring city for air patrols. It's also pursuing a
controversial effort to convert to a charter city from a general law city,
which would give City Hall more power to outsource more work, said councilman
In Oakland things got so bad
that the police chief announced at one point that his department would no
longer respond to certain crimes. The
list of crimes included grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and
vandalism. Today, Oakland
is considered the 5th most violent city in the United States.
In Stockton the budget cuts got so bad that the police union
put up a billboard at one point with the following message: "Welcome to
the 2nd most dangerous city in California.
Stop laying off cops."
#6 The State
Government In Sacramento
Is Flat Broke
year, newspapers all over the state ran headlines declaring that California is running
out of money again. Tax revenues are way
down as many expenses continue to rise. California state
government revenues for February 2012 were down by about 22 percent compared to
Will California soon be
paying their bills with IOUs again?
California taxpayers should realize that it is only
a matter of time before lawmakers try to hit them with more tax increases of
one form or another.
#7 California Has Some Of
The Highest Tax Rates In The Nation
thing many California
taxpayers want to hear is that taxes might be raised again. Californians already get absolutely hammered
by taxes. California
has one of the highest state income tax rates in the nation, one of the highest
sales tax rates in the nation and the highest gasoline tax rate in the nation.
it is only a matter of time before the politicians come around for even more.
#8 Poverty Is
Absolutely Exploding In California
Once upon a
was viewed as a land of great opportunity.
Now it is a
land of crushing poverty in many areas.
number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by a staggering 30
percent since 2007.
60 percent of all students attending California public schools now qualify for
free or reduced-price school lunches.
#9 The Is An
Epidemic Of Crime And Gang Violence In California
are deciding to move away from California
because there are fewer and fewer areas that are still safe.
the following story from Rancho
that one of my readers sent me was featured in one of my previous articles....
"When I first moved here, it was not a bad
place, it was quiet and clean. However, over the past three years this
place has gone to the dumps there are thugs and unruly people everywhere." [He does not mention the RACE of these "unruly people."] I have prevented two car break-ins by
scaring these thugs away. While I was home on Thanksgiving weekend,
someone decided to break into my apartment. They trashed my place stole all my items
and even took my law enforcement (LE) vehicle to include my equipment. I'm sure they had been watching me for a
while because they did not take items that contained my identification. Thank god, I had my weapon with me."
the gentleman in that story was not there when his home was broken into. Thieves are becoming bolder and bolder and
many home invasions happen whether there are occupants in the home or not.
home invasion story from Sacramento,
California was sent to me by one
of my readers a while back....
"Somebody got into my sister's house last
night while she was out. My mom was upstairs, but didn't hear anything. Whoever
it was, they ate some chips and sorted through a stack of maternity clothes my
sister had ready for selling on ebay. He left a dirty pair of boxer shorts and
a bottom dentures on the dining room table. Fortunately, he was gone when she
got home. I'm amazed, but the police actually came out and collected
fingerprints and his boxers and false teeth. Probably a homeless guy. He may
have switched his dirty boxers for a clean pair of maternity jeans, so the police
just have to look for a guy wearing women's maternity pants with no lower
Who does that
kind of thing?
when people get desperate they tend to throw out the normal rules that most of
us live by.
has crime, but things are getting particularly bad in California.
A reader that works in law enforcement down in the Los Angeles area left the following comment
on a recent article....
"I work in law enforcement in LA (I
fortunately don’t live there). LA is a third world country, trash everywhere,
graffiti, gangs (mostly Hispanic). I’m sick of illegals primarily Mexicans (I’m
American of Mexican descent). These liberal politicians will not stop aid to
illegals which costs this state 21 billion dollars a year, which is about the
same as our current deficit. I earn a pretty decent income and my wife has a
meager salary, but it seems to get more and more difficult to earn a living in
this state. If I can make it to retirement, I’m probably going to leave this
reader identified as Rob left the following comment....
"I have lived here off and on for 42 years.
Hellhole is not strong enough a word for it. One cannot go anywhere without
seeing Graffitti from these gangs. Illegal Aliens are literally on every corner
and every home depot. LA County alone spent 600 million in aid to illegal
aliens not including education being factored in and the state spent 110
billion last year on just programs, welfare, aid to illegal entitlement
programs, no ******** wonder why we are broke, the liberal agenda out here is
astonishing, these liberals literally couldn't see the forest through the
trees. I am so sick of seeing Nortenos, Surenos, LaFamilia, and other Hispanic
gangs crowding our prisons, illegals underage having their anchor babies,
illegals crowding the ER’s, crowding the schools. No wonder why the teachers
are pissed off. I agree, this state sucks, and we will be moving very soon.
Poverty And Crime Grow Many California Cities Are Being Transformed Into
a vacuum. As successful businesses and
hard working families move away from California,
other elements are moving in to replace them.
Many formerly great California
cities are now just a shell of their former selves. The following is an excerpt from a New York
Times article that describes what is going on in Vallejo, California....
is still in bankruptcy. The police force has shrunk from 153 officers to 92.
Calls for any but the most serious crimes go unanswered. Residents who complain
about prostitutes or vandals are told to fill out a form. Three of the city’s
firehouses were closed. Last summer, a fire ravaged a house in one of the
city’s better neighborhoods; one of the firetrucks came from another town, 15
miles away. Is this America’s
some parts of large California
cities that are an absolute nightmare.
For example, there is an area of San Francisco that is known as
"Hunter's Point" that is so run down that it is hard to believe that
people actually live there. The
following is what one reporter discovered on a visit to Hunter's Point....
"Abernathy and I cut through the complex,
tromping over an expanse of dirt and concrete toward the northeast end of the
development, where a row of apartments looked down from a grassy hill. We
paused next to a vacant, boarded-over unit to take in the scene: A stream of
****, piss, tampons, and toilet paper spewed from a dark hole in the sidewalk,
poured down the hill, and formed a sort of **** lagoon next to the street.
Weeds, about six inches tall, were growing in the little lagoon."
Raw ****, obviously, is not cool. Beyond
the fact that it smells and looks nasty, fecal matter provides a haven for
dangerous bacteria, most notably E. coli, a virulent pathogen that can sicken
and even kill humans, especially infants. But it is not
just the big cities that are being transformed into hellholes. The following
is how Victor Davis Hansen described what he experienced during his tour of the
"forgotten areas of central California"....
"Many of the rural trailer-house compounds I
saw appear to the naked eye no different from what I have seen in the Third World . There is a Caribbean look to the junked
cars, electric wires crisscrossing between various outbuildings, plastic tarps
substituting for replacement shingles, lean-tos cobbled together as auxiliary
housing, pit bulls unleashed, and geese, goats, and chickens roaming around the
yards. The public hears about all sorts of tough California regulations that stymie business
- rigid zoning laws, strict building codes, constant inspections - but
apparently none of that applies out here."
#11 California Has Some Of
The Worst Schools In The Nation
are moving away from California
because the public schools are absolutely nightmarish. The truth is that California has some of the worst schools in
the entire nation. In the late 70s, California was number
one in per-pupil spending on education, but now the state has fallen to 48th
Correctness Runs Rampant In California
In California, control
freaks love to run for public office, and once they get power they love to
shove their personal agendas down the throats of everyone else. According to CNSNews.com, one new California law actually makes it mandatory for all public
school children to receive instruction on the "role and
contributions" that "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
Americans" have played in the "development of California
and the United States of
#13 California Does Not
Respect The Rights Of Parents
over, the state of California
has shown that it could not care less about the rights of parents. For example, according to Natural News a bill
was recently passed in the state of California that allows health officials to
vaccinate children as young as 12 for sexually-transmitted diseases without
ever having to get the approval of the parents....
Assembly Bill 499 has already quietly passed both the California House and
Senate, and today sits on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown where it awaits his
signature. The bill, which is only a single page in length, contains specific
language that will allow children as young as 12 to opt for
sexually-transmitted disease (STD) vaccines like HPV (Gardasil, Cervarix),
Hepatitis B, and any future vaccines developed to treat STDs, without having to
attain parental consent."
#14 California Has One Of The Worst Health Care Systems In America
All over California, hospitals
are shutting down. A big reason for this
is because of the massive numbers of poor people and illegal aliens that are
taking advantage of "free" medical care at hospital emergency
rooms. A number of good hospitals have
been forced to shut down in recent years and now the state of California ranks dead last out of all 50
states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.
#15 California - The Land Of
If you live
in the state of California,
there is a really good chance that you will be slapped with a lawsuit at some
point. According to the Institute for
Legal Reform, the "lawsuit climate" in California is ranked number 46 out of all 50
"Big One" Could Hit California
At Any Time
The state of California lies directly
along the infamous "Ring of Fire".
Approximately 90 percent of all the earthquakes in the world happen
along the Ring of Fire and the "Big One" could hit the state at any