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Wanna B Rich

Age : Join date : 2009-01-02 Posts : 4 Location :

PostSubject: Is California worth it?   Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:21 pm

Many decades ago CA was indeed a paradise. With a long Pacific Ocean coastline and generally great weather and also being (hard to believe now) cheap to live in compared to the East Coast, it was indeed a great place to live and raise your family.

But now it is overcrowded and congested. Cost of living is one of the highest in the nation with housing being especially out of line (and that's before the housing bubble even). Many parts of the state have decayed into urban slums as poor economic migrants overwhelm the state. The state's finances and economics are in a shambles and I believe the state (and also our nation as a whole) is bankrupt. CA is also dreadfully awaiting the BIG ONE any time soon.

I myself worked and lived (as a renter) there in Silicon Valley for many years and also regularly visit the LA area as well. But when I realized that I could only afford a house if I either lived in the slums or live as far away as Gilroy or beyond and have to take out suicide loans to do it I refused. I knew many people throughout the state who commuted 50 miles or more a day with 1-2 hour commutes each way and I just wouldn't do it just to own a house. So I decided CA just wasn't worth the paying the premium (in cost of living and long commutes, etc) just to live there.

CA might be great for those who are now retired and bought cheap houses decades ago and are grandfathered-in with Prop 13's low taxes. But that means that we the current working class are subsidizing them and I refuse to do that either. (I think Prop 13 needs to be abolished and the whole state taxing structure thoroughly reformed but that's another thread).

Now with the housing bubble popping, housing prices are coming down from insane to absurdly high and I have thought about MAYBE coming back. But even with this happening, I still wonder if CA is still worth it?
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Eddie Haskell

Age : Join date : 2008-12-01 Posts : 128 Location : AZ

PostSubject: Re: Is California worth it?   Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:41 pm

Its not worth it for me thats why I left
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Sweet Pee

Age : Join date : 2008-12-31 Posts : 43 Location :

PostSubject: Re: Is California worth it?   Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:37 am

For some it may be worth it they like it no matter what,you have to agree it has alot to offer and places to visit how many other States can you be snow skiing and then go to the beach the same day?
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PostSubject: Not worth it   Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:59 pm

Its not worth it at all they Tax you to no end and its just getting started
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