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  •   California is no stranger to pop culture,

  • the Kardashians, movie directors and movie sets. Throughout the past two decades it has

  • set the standard for fashion and way of living for not only America but also for the entire

  • world. Tourists even come from all over the world, just to get a tour of the neighborhoods

  • in Hollywood where all the celebrities live. Looking at the beaches, the Beverly Hills

  • mansions, and palm-strewn roads, one would think this is one of the best places to live,

  • hardly a place to run away from. But that is exactly what is happening. From raging

  • wildfires, to rampant crimes, California seems to have all the drama that one would expect

  • from the fictional Gotham city. Unfortunately this state does not have a billionaire vigilante

  • running around trying to save it. Today we are going to dive in and see what exactly

  • is causing this mass exodus from the third largest state in the US that's becoming

  • quite the 21st century phenomenon.

  • The high cost of livingFirst things first. Let's talk about how

  • far your money can get you in this land of aspiring actors and tech entrepreneurs. From

  • the cost of a loaf of bread to a rental apartment room to the prices of an uber, the cost of

  • living in California is 41.4% higher than the national average. The largest increases

  • being in Transportation, Food, and Housing. Thanks to the demand to live in the city being

  • on the rise since decades ago, the cost too has risen as a result so much so that people

  • who have roots in the golden state from as early as the 1800's are packing up and leaving

  • The average price of owning a house here is somewhere close to $700,000 whereas in other

  • states like Texas, Idaho and Florida, it's less than half of that. Again, when demand

  • increases, prices follow suit. People from all over the country come to make a fortune

  • in this state, all whilst living frugally and bunking in with friends. And then they

  • leave for another state for a better quality of life with a lower cost of living, giving

  • them a bang for their buck. While this used to be the trend in the early 2000's, more

  • people have left the state than people who have migrated to it from 2007 to 2016. With

  • fewer younger people coming in, the state is fast on its way to becoming an ageing population.

  • Soon, only rich oldies will be seen running the town

  • Rising HomelessnessThanks to the ridiculous prices of goods and

  • services, many are rendered poor and homelessness is more and more rampant in the last decade.

  • And when people are left out on the streets, social ills such as drug use and street gangs

  • become commonplace. Unlike in other states, locals do not feel safe to let their kids

  • out to play. Some even say that they couldn't walk around the block without finding a few

  • needles lying around in certain neighbourhoods. There are currently roughly 60,000 homeless

  • folks in LA alone and the officials say it's getting out of hand. Uhh to start, how about

  • getting them OFF the streets and into homes, hmm

  • Widespread crimeIt's no surprise that with lesser solutions

  • to homelessness and social ills that crime rates are a lot less manageable. Data shows

  • that the number of homicide cases have actually gone up 15%, while shootings have also increased

  • 14%. In other cities like Sacramento, aggravated assault cases have gone up 23%. Most of these

  • cases come from gang-related violence even before the death of George Floyd which today,

  • is monumental in the police vs people paradigm. What makes matters worse is that police have

  • had to follow new regulations, in line with the Covid-19 pandemic, which prevents officers

  • from stopping and speaking to civilians. To make matters worse, this has also hindered

  • investigations and slowed treatments for victims. In any case, if crime continues at this rate,

  • California will see a rise in crime that it has not seen in years. As the Californians

  • observe these drastic changes to their neighbourhood many have given up and simply decided to leave.

  • Skyrocketing TaxesAnother pressing reason for people giving

  • up the Californian dream is the high rate of taxes. California has the highest rate

  • of income tax in all of America, which can go as high as 13.3%. It also has the highest

  • sales tax at 10.50%. As tax-payers are beginning to see the declining cost-to-benefit ratio

  • on their taxes, frustration builds up, pushing people to take the first to leave the stat.

  • They've been paying more than Mr. President ever has after all. As if that wasn't enough,

  • the Democrats have proposed another increase this year in order to fight the pandemic bringing

  • about a total of 54%. It's insane that even the top 1% are also thinking to move. Elon

  • Musk and Joe Rogan are among that percentile of people who have already taken

  • that step.

  • Uncontrollable WildfiresIf people were still second guessing their

  • move from California to other states like Texas, the wildfires this year would have

  • relieved the doubt. The 2020 California wildfires have burned more than 4% of the total landmass

  • of the state- that's 4 million acres of land! 4. Million. Acres. But wildfires are

  • nothing new in this state. During the late 90s an average of 12,000 Californians died

  • from wildfires. In order to prevent more deaths, a fire suppression bill was passed which meant,

  • suppressing forest fires immediately by any means possible. Even though it saved people

  • for decades, what it has done is also preserved more and more fuel for fire every year. With

  • the increase in temperature thanks to global warming, droughts start to become more severe

  • and plants start to get even drier. These are all the ingredients mother nature needs

  • to start a small fire here and there, which can start to spread quickly and culminate

  • into a huge hot mess- which is what happened here. 2020 has seen one of the biggest wildfires

  • recorded in Californian history. This pushed authorities to finally give the green light

  • for controlled burning of forests every year to curb the problem. But the damage has been

  • done and it will be a while before people forget this year and its continuous supply

  • of disasters.

  • Rolling blackoutsIf you don't already know, rolling blackouts

  • are deliberate power shut offs initiated by the authorities in order to prevent a system

  • crash. Power outages occur when the demand for electricity exceeds its supply or when

  • there are wildfires. California has been seeing more and more power shut offs due to extremely

  • hot temperatures and rampant wildfires. In the year 2019 utility companies like the PG&E

  • and the SCE have cut off power for more than 30 counties in California. And that was because

  • they were afraid that the electrical towers may start fires due to the strong, dry winds

  • they were experiencing. That year, more than 3 million people were affectedThe temperature

  • in places like the Death Valley went as high as 130 degrees and here's the crazy part-

  • the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth is a 134 degrees, so you can imagine how hot

  • California is. This year, since people no longer can cool off in places like the malls

  • and the cinema, more and more people are keeping their air conditioning on for longer hours

  • than usual. This has caused a spike in demand which the utility companies have not anticipated.

  • The California ISO has thus announced power outages, in order to make sure the electrical 

  • system across the whole state doesn't crash. This was a very poor performance on the part

  • of the utility companies. One would have expected them to be more cautious this year, since

  • people shared their frustrations through vandalism which included the egging of a PG&E office

  • front doors and the shooting of a company vehicle last year.   With all of these issues

  • surrounding electricity supply, a now-basic necessity of not only a household but a business

  • too, one can't help but wonder how are the companies from manufacturing to tech surviving

  • in the Silicon Valey? It'll just be a a matter of years- maybe even months- before

  • they uproot, if California doesn't resolve this expensive problem, don't you think?

  • Poor policymakingLastly we have to discuss the incompetency

  • of state authorities. From under delivering to failing to keep its promises, the Governor

  • of California can be accused of plenty. While other states are slowly opening up businesses

  • under pandemic precautions, cities in California are still keeping them shut tight. This has

  • resulted in a weakening of the local economy in terms of slower cash flow and a significant

  • number of job losses. On top of that, very little to no inclination to solve the homelessness

  • problem, reflects poorly on the state's care about the overall welfare of the people.

  • With all of its issues in a basket, this once golden state is now likened to a hell hole

  • by many residents. Even during the state speech, Governor Gavin Newsom made proclamations of

  • success, which were rather technical truths. For example as a state which had one of the

  • hardest falls during the Recession now saw an increase in employment rate. According

  • to him, 1 in 7 jobs in America were created in California. That may be true, but when

  • Recession hit, California had lost around 1 million jobs! And even though the performance

  • looks very good, it was mostly about restoring the jobs that were lost in 2010, so that isn't

  • very promising. What about today

  • So there you have it, these are some of the reasons why California is losing its charm.

  • What will become of it in the near future? Will it somehow find a way to go back to its

  • former glory or is it destined to an inevitable doom? Drop us your two cents the comments

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