To Continue Thriving, California Needs New Politicians

California is about to fall over the cliff.  High unemployment and crime.  DA’s working for the criminals not the victims.  Newsom has killed jobs and education.  The Governor killed the First Amendment while assuring looters and rioters were protected.

“She was explaining that people with innovative business ideas need an inexpensive place to get started. After all, the founders of Apple, Google, and Disney birthed their enterprises in garages. In California, these days, the cost of real estate—and everything else, for that matter—is so high, that few people can afford the cost of entry. That’s why so many innovators are high-tailing it to Texas and elsewhere.

Jacobs sprang to mind as the latest news reports that Silicon Valley stalwarts, Hewlett Packard and Oracle, are moving their headquarters from the San Francisco Bay Area to Texas. More than 200,000 Californians left the state between 2018 and 2019, some of whom might be among the next generation of tech moguls looking for cheap warehouse space to foster their groundbreaking concepts.”

California is now too expensive for the very rich.  Even Elon Musk, a billionaire many times over, had to move to Teas to protect his company and assets.  The lack of honest elections has so frustrated many, they are leaving for Idaho and Arizona.  Until we end the special interests that run the Capitol, Musk and the middle class will flee, for self-preservation.

To Continue Thriving, California Needs New Politicians

California is driving on fumes and living off the residual investments and innovations of past generations. Is it any wonder so many Californians are heading to Texas or Arizona?

Steven Greenhut , Reason,  1/1/21 

The late, great urban theorist, Jane Jacobs, wrote in her seminal The Death and Life of Great American Cities that, “there is no leeway for such chancy trial, error, and experimentation in the high-overhead economy of new construction. Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”

She was explaining that people with innovative business ideas need an inexpensive place to get started. After all, the founders of Apple, Google, and Disney birthed their enterprises in garages. In California, these days, the cost of real estate—and everything else, for that matter—is so high, that few people can afford the cost of entry. That’s why so many innovators are high-tailing it to Texas and elsewhere.

Jacobs sprang to mind as the latest news reports that Silicon Valley stalwarts, Hewlett Packard and Oracle, are moving their headquarters from the San Francisco Bay Area to Texas. More than 200,000 Californians left the state between 2018 and 2019, some of whom might be among the next generation of tech moguls looking for cheap warehouse space to foster their groundbreaking concepts.

The once Golden State keeps growing—albeit at the lowest rate since 1900—thanks to the birth rate. The key reason for the continuing exodus is real estate is so unaffordable here that only established firms and families can afford the tab. This is the direct result of progressive public policies, which focus on divvying up existing wealth rather than letting people create more of it.

California officials love to boast that the state is the world’s fifth-largest economy—and point to Silicon Valley as evidence that we’re still on the cutting edge of entrepreneurial activity. But California is driving on fumes—living off the residual investments and innovations of past generations. These lawmakers take credit for something they seem intent on destroying.

Who in their right mind would start a business here? As Rep. Tom McClintock (R–Calif.) likes to say, California remains a great place to build a small business—provided you start with a large one. The only surefire ideas that work here now are living on a trust fund or getting a cushy job in California’s remaining high-pay growth industry, the government.

California isn’t only losing people, but is losing its future. “The state’s long-held self-image—a blend of Tomorrowland and Fountain of Youth—is colliding with the inescapable fact that the Golden State is getting old,” as a 2018 Los Angeles Times article noted. No wonder. Older folks who own their homes aren’t going to leave the lovely climate or Pacific views, but energetic young people are building their lives elsewhere.

The state’s big cities are becoming virtually childless. “San Francisco has the lowest percentage of children under 18 of any major city in the U.S., and Los Angeles County has seen a 17 percent decline in the number of kids in the past 10 years,” notes Derek Thompson in the Atlantic. Big surprise. It’s tough to raise a family in an 800-square-foot, $1 million condo.

How can we reverse these trends? It starts with a new mentality—one that’s committed to recreating a state of opportunity. California has the nation’s highest poverty rate, according to the Census Bureau statistics that consider cost-of-living data. We have the most generous welfare benefits in the nation, but few people want a subsidized apartment and a monthly stipend. It’s better to give them a shot at upward mobility.

Unfortunately, the Democratic leadership is hostile to private industry. It pretends that wealth is something that fell miraculously out of the sky, and that their job on Earth is to redistribute it. They bemoan income inequality, but fail to see that their slow-growth, regulatory policies have made new and old buildings unaffordable for virtually everyone—or that their labor rules crush new enterprises before they get off the ground.

State officials can start by reforming their housing policies. Housing is no different than any other industry. It’s about supply and demand. Local and state land-use rules add as much as 40 percent to the price of new construction. Most people buy older homes, but if governments restrict new construction, they inflate the cost of existing properties.

For all their bragging about Silicon Valley, California’s leaders spend a lot of time punishing those companies for imagined crimes. Currently, the state is joining a lawsuit against Google for offering free search-engine downloads on cellphones. Don’t forget the state’s relentless efforts to ban companies from using contractors, which demolishes the foundation of the gig economy and robs moderate-income Californians of their livelihoods.

Is it any wonder so many Californians are heading to Texas or Arizona? We can look at specific policies that California officials can (but won’t) take to make this state the magnet that it once was, but it starts with a change of perspective. Perhaps good ideas require new politicians.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. William Hicks says

    There are those that are thriving and those that aren’t. The numbers of those not thriving will only increase with the current politicians in power.

  2. The only thing keeping calif growing is the illegal that are welcomed with open arms despite the federal laws

  3. Dr. W. Trent Saxton says

    Why? Don’t you like totalitarian rule? California Democrats would crucify Christ (again) if he walked into this state.

  4. I have wacthed the special interest groups use crooked and illegal votes and rules to break the back of freedom and Capitalism in Calif.

    It is time to name names, and hold them accountable. Black Panthers, AME Bishops and leaders, La Raza, Ponder, BLM, Farm Workers Union, and more. 50 years ago they might have had a case. People like me agreed with changes that needed to be made. Instead these supposed educated “leaders(?)” of the above sold out. They took the money and fantasies of Communists and Anarchists and created exactly what they stated half a century ago they heated.

    Newsom, Brown Pelosi, are the white traitors who gave cover for criminal activity and destruction of the State and Nation. Overt ballot stuffing and lies by State, County and local DNC’s reminiscent of Cuba, Mexican, Venezuelan, Chinese, and North Korean election has to stop.

    The Democrat Party has become the Tammany Hall of the Nation.

    I point the finger directly at the black community that refused to join with the rest of the nation to stop problems of 50 years ago. Understand when you represent less than 15% of the nation you do not have the right to dictate rules and regulations that destroy private property rights, and businesses.

    The Catholic Church gave and gives cover to Communists. The Pope has openly backed Communists in government (ironic isn’t it)

    Perhaps it is time the battle of Athens be done again. Tell the Muslim activists that have taken money from radicals in places like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to buy politicians and maintain radical anti Democratic institutions enough. Remember Ben Ladin who destroyed the Twin Towers, was financed by the Madrasa’s who would kill anyone who did not conform and become Muslim. Have you forgotten the slaughter of innocents with beheading?

    The increasing alliance of Radical Muslim’s, Radical black bigots, the Radical Hispanics converted by the Catro’s of the world will destroy the nation.

    When you vote for Democrats who excuse riots of L.A., Seattle, Portland, Detroit, Chicago, and more you get zero backing from me. RINO’s you cannot get any help or gains by working with Democrats of any color.

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