If you’re wondering just what it might take to finally flee the high housing and tax costs of living in California, here’s a compendium of stories out of the Golden State that might push you in one direction or another.
The book, “DumpCal – Trade California for Vegas and double your lifestyle for half the cost” (by yours truly) list the most frequently cited good reasons for middle class families to find a place outside of California where the chances that you will be successful are much better.
Those include exorbitant housing costs, sky-high taxes, crushing regulation, frustrating traffic, natural and man-made disasters, and national legislation that makes it even more expensive.
But there’s more. Check out the following:
That San Andreas earthquake thing
The longest earthquake fault in California is getting closer and closer to the really big one. That may well be even worse than the catastrophic quakes of 1906 or 1989 that killed thousands.
“The springs on the San Andreas system have been wound very, very tight,” said Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake center said in Awareness Act.
“And the southern San Andreas fault, in particular, looks like it’s locked, loaded and ready to go.”
Jordan thinks the coming quake could be up to a magnitude 8, causing $200 billion in damages plus 1,800 deaths and 50,000 injuries.
He said the North American and Pacific tectonic plates are moving northward, with Pacific plate moving faster. That’s building stress, and when it pops, it could move the ground for more than two minutes as far away as the Inland Empire.
Classes that are more red than red, white, and blue
Even though a majority of minority kids can’t even read at the basic level, California schools have been required to add focus on ethnic studies. While there are huge gaps in skills between white and minority students, many high school and college students are now required to take ethnic studies classes to graduate.
According to The Hill, the definition of these studies is “the disciplinary, loving, and critical praxis of holistic humanity.” So they can’t read or do math, but they’ve got that praxis of holistic humanity thing down pat.
California cornering market on unaffordability
Take a wild guess where most of nation’s least affordable housing markets are.
Yup, a full 17 or the top (or bottom) 25 markets where residents have the most trouble and expense buying a family home are in California.
Several of the rest are in New York.
But you get so much more living in California
Yeah, like rats.
Sightings and evidence of rats – including Norway rats and roof rats – are increasing, according to a report by Reform California. It also mentions an Orkin study that said Los Angeles was the second-most rattiest city, behind only Chicago.
Other pest control companies echoed the trend, saying that requests to deal with rats were up as much as 60% in the past year. None of them said rat abatement requests were declining.
There also was mention in the report of expanding diseases related to rats, and a story about a rat falling through the ceiling onto a table at a restaurant.
And with rats you get . . . what?
Besides property damage and just general grossness, rats also bring disease – and ugly ones.
We’re talking not just tyhus, which LA has experienced lately, but the baddest communicable of all history, the Bubonic plague. You know, that thing that wiped out half of what was the developed world hundred of years ago.
“This is medieval,” explainlife.com quotes Dr. Drew Pinsky as saying. “Third World countries are insulted if they are accused of being like this. No city on Earth tolerates this. The entire population is at risk.”
He said it was a growing problem, with more than 100 plague cases reported in Los Angles. Pinsky also thinks that four-fifths of beach running from Ventura County through Orange County is overrun with fecal matter because of this.
Other disease spreading problems include loose syringes, Helpatitis A and other communicable diseases.