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Why I’m Leaving California

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Posted By: Dreadnought, 10/1/2020 5:43:13 PM

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. This is the most beautiful state in the country. The climate is incredible. The scenery is amazing. The people are generally warm

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MFM 10/1/2020 5:53:34 PM (No. 558910)
Who cares Ben? Question is what took you so long? (oh and btw Ben, Nashville catching up with Cali, check out the mayor, quite a piece of work:)
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 10/1/2020 6:06:17 PM (No. 558915)
FTA - "So, too, with California, where bad governance has turned a would-be paradise into a burgeoning dystopia." This is really sad news. But, California is still the most beautiful state in the nation IMO. However, as some locals are discovering, elections have consequences. Can California be rescued from the vice of leftism? It's up to those who remain there and love the state enough to save it...somehow. Some of the best commenters on reside in California. Like TQ and several others who give plenty of good reasons to spend time there and enjoy its beauty.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog 10/1/2020 6:11:50 PM (No. 558920)
My home state had become hopelessly 'blue' too and I'm glad I left many years ago. Nevertheless it's bittersweet to feel like you are being driven out, since there are things you will miss. I hope his family finds happiness. They can always visit CA then flee the madness when the vacation ends.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: slipstik 10/1/2020 6:12:30 PM (No. 558923)
Probably moved to Texas where he will start voting BLUE again and bring the California disease with him to rot a great state from the inside. Liberals are learning disabled, and they inflict that on everyone around them. They never learn that there's no such thing as a "free lunch". Somebody's gonna pay until everybody's broke.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: bad-hair 10/1/2020 6:13:11 PM (No. 558924)
In case you missed it you don't have to MOVE. You have to get off your butt and VOTE. If that doesn't work 3 out of 3 then move.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lucky5 10/1/2020 6:17:22 PM (No. 558927)
Born in Silicon Valley and lived her my entire life. My adult daughter and I are going to SC, to check it out in Dec. I never thought I would leave. I love my house with an amazing view, and great neighbors. But the left wing hate and insanity day in and day out and now in our faces 24/7 has finally worn me out. I still have a good 30-40 years left to live. I think I want to live somewhere more sane. Also I would like to live in a place where I will not lose clients if I say I am a conservative and support the President.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: columba 10/1/2020 6:24:29 PM (No. 558936)
It is not the state-by-state problem. We have federal laws given us by the supreme court that legalize child murder and homosexual marriages. both of those actions have been and continue to be mortal sins and have been such for thousands of years.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Starboard_side 10/1/2020 6:35:28 PM (No. 558950)
My niece (due any moment now with her 3rd child), her husband (a high school teacher), my sister and her husband, along with my BIL's parents are all leaving next year (after the current school year). All, except my sister, are native Californians. My BIL's family has multi-generations in CA, but nearly all have left in recent years too. Sadly, most of CA politicians, and the elites who live near the Coast, don't care who leaves. They have it made, and won't mind the freeways being a little less crowded either. They had no problem watching Toyota move their USA Corporate HQ with nearly 2000 corporate jobs to Texas. They didn't put up a fight to save them since they had bullied them on the Fremont plant as part of the Prius acceleration issue - give up the plant to Tesla, and we can quiet the public rhetoric - and were not wanting anyone probing around, IMO. The state employees have a guarantee pension, which is priority #1 in the budget, BTW. Thus, if they don't have enough $$ in the pension fund, the general funds MUST make up any shortfalls - it's a no-lose situation for all of those state employees. A teacher with 35 years will retire with 70% of their highest pay, and in CA, they'll retire in the six-figures, folks. Which is why they're trying to change Prop. 13 under the impression it will affect businesses only, which is how Democrats love to raise taxes via the "greedy" business route knowing it will raise prices as costs are passed along to consumers. Of course, wait until they discover how much rents will increase for most businesses, apartments, etc.. And, government buys products and services, which will also see those costs increase, meaning more money will be needed to just provide the same level of "service".
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Lawsy0 10/1/2020 6:41:11 PM (No. 558953)
Ben, you'll be okay in Nashville, even though the mayor is a nutcase. The governor isn't so bad. Worst that could happen is that your neighbor lady will bring you grits casserole and tell you it is Matzo ball soup. You're going to love Nashville, the Athens of the South. Just ask Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: NYbob 10/1/2020 6:47:59 PM (No. 558958)
I guess it depends on how you view things. EVERY part of the USA has both amazing beauty and criminally ugly rot. When you ignore rather than fight communists as they take over every institution during the last 50 years, you find yourself in a boat full of holes far from shore. I'm not sure there are enough smart, tough, people with power to confront this cancer. We are in a worse position than the Patriots during the Revolution. I fear we have squandered a miracle.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: TJ54 10/1/2020 6:52:20 PM (No. 558964)
Because it is a leftwing sh-thole?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Italiano 10/1/2020 7:01:10 PM (No. 558976)
VDH has been writing about this for years, and California is a lost cause due to demographics and public sector unions. If we could leave, we would. Anybody who thinks that conservatives have a prayer of changing anything by "voting" is delusional.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Hardright 10/1/2020 7:12:27 PM (No. 558991)
My father moved to Calif. in 1934 from a small Polish coal mining town in Pa. I was born in Palo Alto and still live in Silicon Valley. The dems have destroyed Ca. I learned to keep my mouth shut about politics. Several years back I was at my hairdresser. She is far left. We got into a political discussion which turned into an argument.I have long bangs. When I left the salon I looked like Keely Smith. Not a good look for me. I do my own hair now.I learned the hard way that she who has the scissors wins.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: question_complexity 10/1/2020 7:18:14 PM (No. 558997)
We are leaving, too, after 44 years. Just bought a home in South Carolina. Currently paying $3000/mo rent for a 900 sq ft two bedroom apartment in Silicon Valley. Buying a 4,000 sq ft house. Mortgage will be $1850/mo.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Vesicant 10/1/2020 7:25:45 PM (No. 559004)
But the weather is so Mediterranean....
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Grounded 10/1/2020 8:43:32 PM (No. 559040)
There was a time when there was a buffer of Latter Day Saints in the states bordering the State of Utah. Now the reliably conservative western US is being turned into a Purple buffer by the outflow of emigrants from the state of California. The massive disparity of population between California and its neighbors allows these emigrants to overwhelm their neighbors culturally and politically with little effect on the Golden State. Nevada is gone, Arizona is tottering and Colorado is just about swamped and even Montana is listing.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Sunhan65 10/1/2020 10:15:41 PM (No. 559104)
Sorry to hear this. I prefer that Never Trump voters stay in California where their votes are wasted as opposed to moving into a swing state and possibly tipping the balance.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: texaspast 10/2/2020 12:19:37 AM (No. 559186)
So California is SOOOO beautiful! The best looking junkies sleeping in the park you'll ever see! Face it . . . California has always been the place people went when they had nowhere else to go. All the losers kept wandering west until they hit the ocean. Then they just festered in place.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 10/2/2020 1:12:06 AM (No. 559210)
Everywhere you go, there you are. If you voted for a liberal in CA, will you do the same in your new home state? Whether you are moving from CA, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Baltimore, where will you move when one by one every city in this country becomes a liberal bastion of corruption and burns down ? We are headed to the reservation.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: watashiyo 10/2/2020 2:07:17 AM (No. 559246)
My brother will retire next year. He and his wife will leave Hawaii. Out-of-staters will think he's crazy. He thinks living in a blue state is crazy. Next year, I will sell my property in Seattle and relocate my business. Seattle is no longer business-friendly, and recent chaos gave me a glimpse of coming destructions headed my area.
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