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.
In fact, since the year 2000 more than 1.6 million
people have moved away from the state of California.
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 hellholes.
Without a 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 Elitist Control Freaks
That Have No Common Sense At All
Politicians in California 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....
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 corridors.
There are 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
For seven 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.
Economy Is A Gigantic Mess
The 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.
#4 Municipalities All
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
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 Chriss
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 becoming extreme.
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 countyís gaping budget shortfall, the Orange County
Treasurer in November skimmed off $73.5 of property taxes that
belonged to local schools and community colleges.
At this point, the Orange County Employees
Retirement System is estimated to have a 10 billion dollar unfunded
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....
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 Jim Righeimer.
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.
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
Stop laying off cops."
State Government In Sacramento
Is Flat Broke
Earlier this 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
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
The last 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.
Unfortunately, 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 time, California was viewed as a land of great
Now it is a land of crushing poverty
in many areas.
Sadly, the number of children living
in poverty in the state of California
has increased by a staggering 30 percent since
In addition, 60 percent of all students attending
California public schools now qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.
#9 There Is An Epidemic Of Crime And Gang Violence In California
Many families are deciding to move
away from California
because there are fewer and fewer areas that are still safe.
For example, the following story from
Rancho Cordova, California that one of my readers sent me
was featured in one of my previous articles....
I first moved here, it was not a bad place, it was quiet and clean.
over the past three years this place has gone to the dumps there are thugs and
unruly people everywhere.
have prevented two car break-ins by scaring these thugs away.
I was home on thanksgiving weekend, someone decided to break into my apartment.
trashed my place stole all my items and even took my law enforcement (LE)
vehicle to include my equipment.
sure they had been watching me for a while because they did not take items that
contained my identification.
god, I had my weapon with me.
Fortunately 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.
The following home invasion story from Sacramento, California
was sent to me by one of my readers a while back....
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 teeth.
Who does that kind of thing?
Unfortunately, when people get
desperate they tend to throw out the normal rules that most of us live by.
Every state 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....
work in law enforcement in LA (I fortunately donít live there). LA is a third
world country, trash everywhere, graffiti, gangs (mostly Hispanic). Iím sick of
illegals primarily Mexicans (Iím 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, Iím probably going to leave this state.
Another reader identified as Rob left
the following comment....
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 ERís,
crowding the schools. No wonder why the teachers are pissed off. I agree, this
state sucks, and we will be moving very soon.
#10 As Poverty And Crime Grow Many California Cities Are Being Transformed
Nature abhors 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 cityís
firehouses were closed. Last summer, a fire ravaged a house in one of the cityís
better neighborhoods; one of the firetrucks came from
another town, 15 miles away. Is this Americaís future?
There are 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
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
****, 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"....
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
#11 California Has Some Of
The Worst Schools In The Nation
Many families 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 place.
Political 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 and 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.
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 states.
"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 moment.
So what do you think?
What advice would you give to someone
considering whether or not to move away from California?
Feel free to post a comment with your
thoughts below.... [ Believe me Ö upon very close
scrutiny, there are far more than 16 reasons to move away from California! ]