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    I've heard, the retired teachers health care benefits are for life, no co-pay, no deductible. Nice plan if you can get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood P. View Post
    I've heard, the retired teachers health care benefits are for life, no co-pay, no deductible. Nice plan if you can get it.
    Same as Congress?

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    On the Cusp of Catastrophe, California Has No Margin for Error

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    Californians brag that their state is the world’s fifth-largest economy. They talk as reverentially of Silicon Valley companies Apple, Facebook, and Google as the ancient Greeks did of their Olympian gods.

    Hollywood and universities such as Caltech, Stanford, and Berkeley are cited as permanent proof of the intellectual, aesthetic, and technological dominance of West Coast culture.

    Californians also see their progressive, one-party state as a neo-socialist model for a nation moving hard to the left.

    But how long will they retain such confidence?

    The liberal Left continue to push their radical agenda against American values. The good news is there is a solution.

    California’s 40 million residents depend on less than 1 percent of the state’s taxpayers to pay nearly half of the state income tax, which for California’s highest tier of earners tops out at the nation’s highest rate of 13.3 percent.

    In other words, California cannot afford to lose even a few thousand of its wealthiest individual taxpayers. But a new federal tax law now caps deductions for state and local taxes at $10,000—a radical change that promises to cost many high-earning taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

    If even a few thousand of the state’s 1 percent flee to nearby no-tax states such as Nevada or Texas, California could face a devastating shortfall in annual income.

    During the 2011-16 California drought, politicians and experts claimed that global warming had permanently altered the climate, and that snow and rain would become increasingly rare in California. As a result, long-planned low-elevation reservoirs, designed to store water during exceptionally wet years, were considered all but useless and thus were never built.

    Then, in 2016 and 2017, California received record snow and rainfall—and the windfall of millions of acre-feet of runoff was mostly let out to sea. Nothing since has been learned.

    California has again been experiencing rain and cold that could approach seasonal records. The state has been soaked by some 18 trillion gallons of rain in February alone. With still no effort to expand California’s water storage capacity, millions of acre-feet of runoff are once again cascading out to sea (and may be sorely missed next year).

    The inability to build reservoirs is especially tragic given that the state’s high-speed rail project has gobbled up more than $5 billion in funds without a single foot of track laid. The total cost soared from an original $40 billion promise to a projected $77 billion.

    To his credit, newly elected Gov. Gavin Newsom, fearing a budget catastrophe, canceled the statewide project while allowing a few miles of the quarter-built Central Valley “track to nowhere” to be finished.

    For years, high-speed rail has drained the state budget of transportation funds that might have easily updated nightmarish stretches of the Central Valley’s Highway 99, or ensured that the nearby ossified Amtrak line became a modern two-track line.

    California politicians vie with each other to prove their open-borders bona fides in an effort to appeal to the estimated 27 percent of Californians who were not born in the United States.

    But the health, educational, and legal costs associated with massive illegal immigration are squeezing the budget. About a third of the California budget goes to the state’s Medicare program, Medi-Cal. Half the state’s births are funded by Medi-Cal, and in nearly a third of those state-funded births, the mother is an illegal immigrant.

    California is facing a perfect storm of homelessness. Its labyrinth of zoning and building regulations discourages low-cost housing. Its generous welfare benefits, nonenforcement of vagrancy and public health laws, and moderate climate draw in the homeless.

    Nearly one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients live in the state, and nearly 1 in 5 live below the poverty line.

    The result is that tens of thousands of people live on the streets and sidewalks of the state’s major cities, where primeval diseases such as typhus have reappeared.

    California’s progressive government seems clueless how to deal with these issues, given that solutions such as low-cost housing and strict enforcement of health codes are seen as either too expensive or politically incorrect.

    In sum, California has no margin for error.

    Spiraling entitlements, unwieldy pension costs, money wasted on high-speed rail, inadequate water storage and delivery, and lax immigration policies were formerly tolerable only because about 150,000 Californians paid huge but federally deductible state income taxes.

    No more. Californians may have once derided the state’s 1 percent as selfish rich people. Now, they are praying that these heavily burdened taxpayers stay put and are willing to pay far more than what they had paid before.

    That is the only way California can continue to spend money on projects that have not led to safe roads, plentiful water, good schools, and safe streets.

    A California reckoning is on the horizon, and it may not be pretty.



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    CA Bill Would Eliminate Single-Family Home Zoning In Most Of The State

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    A California housing bill targeting upscale communities would eliminate single-family home zoning across most of the state, transferring the authority to shape neighborhoods away from local governments to remote politicians in Sacramento.


    Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the lead author of Senate Bill 50 (SB 50), says the practice — known as “upzoning” — is necessary to address problems such as housing affordability and homelessness, which he claims have reached “crisis” levels statewide. To justify his bold proposal, Wiener references a report that found California needs 3.5 million more homes.

    “The fundamental problem is that we have a massive housing shortage, which explodes housing costs and which puts enormous pressure on tenants in particular because the rents go so high,” Wiener told Mother Jones. “We have to lessen that pressure by adding more housing of all varieties at all incomes.”


    In the Golden State, nearly two-thirds of all residences are single-family homes. A recent survey determined that most of the developable land is currently zoned strictly for single-family dwellings.

    SB 50 is supported by mayors in San Francisco and Oakland but overwhelmingly opposed by municipalities further south. A Los Angeles Councilman described the bill as a “handout for developers” that aims to “destroy single-family home neighborhoods in Southern California.”


    “I feel that overreach by Sacramento politicians is a threat not only to our community but to every community in the state,” said Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch.

    The complicated measure recently underwent significant changes that allowed it to advance from a Senate committee. More revisions were created earlier this month which establish different rules for rural and urban areas. Some lower income “sensitive communities” at risk of displacement and gentrification would be exempt for five years.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal’s current language “would require California cities and counties to permit duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes on much of the residential land now zoned for only one house,” and “would allow midrise apartment construction near mass transit and small apartment complexes and townhomes in wealthy communities in large counties …”


    The Times went on to report:

    As it stands, the bill has limits on where developers could build fourplexes. Under the legislation, developers would not be able to demolish a single-family house to build a fourplex without local government approval, but a single-family home could be remodeled into a fourplex if it doesn’t increase in size by more than 15%. The bill also places restrictions on building fourplexes in single-family areas that are in floodplains, communities at high risk of wildfire and some historic zones.

    These limitations would blunt the bill’s ability to spur construction of fourplexes in single-family-only neighborhoods, says Mott Smith, a principal at Civic Enterprise Development in Los Angeles. But he still expects a significant number of property owners to be able to take advantage.

    “I wish that it were less restrictive,” Smith said. “But at the same time, this is quite momentous: the abolition of single-family zoning in California.”

    Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat representing the East Bay Area who co-authored SB 50, said single-family zoning policies were deliberately crafted to exclude people “for economic reasons and race reasons.”

    “That’s the poster child for discriminatory zoning,” Skinner said on a recent episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast.”

    “I love this inclusion of the fourplex because it allows us to get at some of that exclusion and gives other people the same type of access to the neighborhoods to have the great parks, the great schools, and other great assets,” she continued.

    Last month, the Times wrote that Wiener “intended for his bill to push high-income neighborhoods zoned only for single-family homes to make room for apartments as redress for historical wrongs.”


    SB 50 must go to the Senate floor for a vote by the end of this month. If passed, it will advance to the Assembly for consideration. Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has not taken a position on the proposed law.

    “If this does pass it will be a big smack in the face to local government by our California electeds,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico.



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    They are trying to see how unbearable they can make California for wealthy people and have them stay.

    Eventually they will start to figure out in mass that there are other places in the country (and world) with nice weather and landscapes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    They are trying to see how unbearable they can make California for wealthy people and have them stay.

    Eventually they will start to figure out in mass that there are other places in the country (and world) with nice weather and landscapes.
    Will they find out before the wine and crackers or afterwards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    They are trying to see how unbearable they can make California for wealthy people and have them stay.

    Eventually they will start to figure out in mass that there are other places in the country (and world) with nice weather and landscapes.
    Oh, so it's the Connecticut model with nicer weather?

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    The Dallas suburb I live in has a mix of housing that is about 50/50 single family and otherwise. Lots of small 2 bedroom homes that were built in the 50's after WWII.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    They are trying to see how unbearable they can make California for wealthy people and have them stay.

    Eventually they will start to figure out in mass that there are other places in the country (and world) with nice weather and landscapes.
    It will be interesting. I live in an okay area, relatively inexpensive. I’m 2.5 hours from Vegas, 90 minutes from LA/Hollywood, an hour from the mountains/skiing, 85 minutes from the Newport Beach, 85 minutes from Disneyland, 2 hours from San Diego, 2 hours from Palm Springs, 2.5 hours from Santa Barbara. Within that, three NFL teams, three NHL teams, two NBA teams, three MLB teams, the NAMM show, Comic Con, a million venues to see live music…etc.

    It’s definitely hard to beat all the things there are to do within a reasonable drive.


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    This made me laugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    I’m 2.5 hours from Vegas, 90 minutes from LA/Hollywood, an hour from the mountains/skiing, 85 minutes from the Newport Beach, 85 minutes from Disneyland, 2 hours from San Diego, 2 hours from Palm Springs, 2.5 hours from Santa Barbara. Within that, three NFL teams, three NHL teams, two NBA teams, three MLB teams, the NAMM show, Comic Con, a million venues to see live music…etc.
    Yep, you've got your hands full. .
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    Recall effort of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti in full swing

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    And we're off again. Thing is, most of these "added funds" get borrowed (pocketed) by politicians for pet projects.

    Highest gas in nation.

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    Cali folks, fill up this weekend. Gas goes up Monday morn.
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