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    Good-by California....

    My family and my company are leaving California.
    It’s heartbreaking.
    My parents moved to California four decades ago. I grew up here. For 33 of the 36 years I’ve spent on this planet, I’ve lived here.
    I was born at St. Joseph’s in Burbank; I attended elementary school at Edison Elementary; I went to college at UCLA. I co-founded a major media company here, with 75 employees in Los Angeles. I met my wife here; all three of my kids are native Californians.
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    This is the most beautiful state in the country. The climate is incredible. The scenery is amazing. The people are generally warm, and there’s an enormous amount to do.
    And we’re leaving.
    We’re leaving because all the benefits of California have steadily eroded—and then suddenly collapsed. Meanwhile, all the costs of California have steadily increased—and then suddenly skyrocketed.
    It can be difficult to spot the incremental encroachment of a terrible disease, but once the final ravages set in, it becomes obvious that the illness is fatal. So, too, with California, where bad governance has turned a would-be paradise into a burgeoning dystopia.
    When my family moved to North Hollywood, I was 11. We lived in a safe, clean suburb. Yes, Los Angeles had serious crime and homelessness problems, but those were problems relegated to pockets of the city—problems that, with good governance, we thought could eventually be healed. Instead, the government allowed those problems to metastasize.
    As of 2011, Los Angeles County counted less than 40,000 homeless; as of 2020, that number had skyrocketed to 66,000. Suburban areas have become the sites of homeless encampments. Nearly every city underpass hosts a tent city; the city, in its kindness, has put out port-a-potties to reduce the possibility of COVID-19 spread.
    Police are forbidden in most cases from either moving transients or even moving their garbage. Nearly every public space in Los Angeles has become a repository for open waste, needles, and trash. The most beautiful areas of Los Angeles, from Santa Monica beach to my suburb, have become wrecks.
    My children have personally witnessed drug use, public urination, and public nudity. Looters were allowed free reign in the middle of the city during the Black Lives Matter riots; Rodeo Drive was closed at 1 p.m., and citizens were curfewed at 6 p.m.
    To combat these trends, local and state governments have gamed the statistics, reclassifying offenses and letting prisoners go free. Meanwhile, the police have become targets for public ire. In July, the city of Los Angeles slashed police funding, cutting the force to its lowest levels in over a decade.
    At the same time, taxes have risen. California’s top marginal income tax rate is now 13.3%; legislators want to raise it to 16.8%. California is also home to a 7.25% sales tax, a 50-cent gas tax, and a bevy of other taxes that drain the wallet and burden business.
    California has the worst regulatory climate in America, according to CEO Magazine’s survey of 650 CEOs. The public-sector unions essentially make public policy, running up the debt while providing fewer and fewer actual services.
    California’s public education system is a massive failure, and even its once-great colleges are now burdened by the stupidities of political correctness, including an unwillingness to use standardized testing.
    And still, the state Legislature is dominated by Democrats. California is not on a trajectory toward recovery; it is on a trajectory toward oblivion. Taxpayers are moving out—now including my family and my company. In 2019, before the pandemic and the widespread rioting and looting, outmigration jumped 38%, rising for the seventh straight year. That number will increase again this year.
    I want my kids to grow up safe. I want them to grow up in a community with a future, with more freedom and safety than I grew up with. California makes that impossible. So, goodbye, Golden State. Thanks for the memories.

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    Reveille Billy!

    Yep....I saw his YT video about a week ago.
    He's not the only one if what I've been seeing on YT is true.
    "Exodus" was the term being bandied about.

    We left LibLand exactly one year ago last Friday.
    Daunting, expensive process but I'm so damn glad we're out of that state.

    Have a great day Brothers.....SF


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    Wayne, Calif. has become a breeding ground for every damn thing that is wrong in America. It makes me wonder how many States could be self supporting if all outside assistance was eliminated. Let the States take care of their-self, and we will see how long they embrace their Demo. controlled Leadership....


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    I hear you Billy....and, agreed.

    CA is a cesspool of progressive lib policies.
    They can do what they want, vote who they want and govern as they will.
    We all have the option to check out.
    I'm very glad we are in a rural area and (so far) insulated from much of what I detest in the current social environment.

    Society is going to do what society is going to do.
    I'm just glad I'm an old fossil now and served our USMC when all this PC bvll shvt wasn't ruining everything and catering to minority loud mouths.

    But....that's just me. .....have a great day.


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    as long as the "exodus" from Kommiefornia leaves Kommiefornia and the things that MADE it "Kommiefornia" behind... too many "ex-Kommiefornians" have migrated to other states, like Colorado, Nevada and Texas and are busy as bees trying to turn THOSE states into exactly what they left...

    OBTW Wayne, WELCOME BACK to the USA.....

    Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    Grew up in Bakersfield and Ventura , light-years from what they are today.


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    Brother OT....

    Thanks....good to be back home now that we are in the heartland of central Kansas.

    I don't discuss politics ever because spouting one's political or SJW rants/views is a sure fire way to put a wedge between oneself and family/friends relationships.
    But....I think Kansas is a red state because there are Trump ads scattered through my immediate area.

    I've thought about that too.
    I would like to hope that those that did leave for the reasons we're discussing would actually defect to the redcoats fold but I've been wrong in the past.

    Hope all is well.....carry on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by USMC 2571 View Post
    Grew up in Bakersfield and Ventura , light-years from what they are today.
    Howdy Dave....welcome back to the moderator clan.
    I presume you've been staying out of trouble.

    Carry on....


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    Yep, Wayne....still out of trouble.


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