Why People Are Leaving California

We offer without comment the dispatch from the Santa Monica Daily Press of December 16, 2011, Ashley Archibald, Council Approves Small Apartments With No Parking, (click here) reporting that the city council has just approved the construction of a downtown 56-unit apartment house, containing 48 studios that will rent for $1750 per month for a 360 sq. ft. studio unit, without parking. We have trouble believing it, but what do we know?

For our earlier post dealing with why folks are leaving California, click here.

Follow up. Evidently, we aren’t the only ones worrying about this topic. On January 28, 2012, the Federalist Society will hold its Sixth Annual Western Conference, dealing with “Challenges Facing California and the Western States,” at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. The featured panel, consisting of Chief Judge Alex Kozinski and Judge Stephen Reinhardt both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, will address the topic of California in Crisis: Are People and Jobs Leaving for Better Pastures?

Meaning no disrespect to their Lordships, the answer to that question is a resounding “Yes,” the rest being commentary on how many Californians are splitting la-la land, and at what rate. Could it be that the clowns running Sacramento have at long last rendered California ungovernable? But be that as it may, both these gents are pretty smart and can be pretty funny, whether you agree with their widely differing views or not. We have seen what we irreverently call the “Steve ‘n Alex Show” a number of times and we recommend it, no matter what the topic. The program will also include a bunch of other distinguished speakers.

Altogether, sounds like a worthwhile way to spend a Saturday.