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I Love California Deeply: Here's Why I'M One of the Hundreds of Thousands Who Left to Move North

Society & Culture  (tags: California, poverty, income, emigration, prices, cost of living, economic injustice )

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People who don't make extravagant tech salaries can no longer afford to live in the Golden State.


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Donna T (0)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 8:15 am
thank you

Sue H (7)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 10:05 am
:(. I was born in SF and raised in Oakland. Eight years ago my landlady died and I was priced right out of my hometown. Now, my landlord has died and I Know that I will not be able to find Affordable housing Anywhere in the East Bay Area. Wait lists for not so affordable senior housing are unreal. This is a fine example of the Greedocracy at work. :(

Trish K (29)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 10:50 am
April Short Says it All for Me - So Sad to Leave My Mother

I surprised myself with a droning ache in the pit of my stomach to be back on that vast strip of land that runs along the Pacific. I’d have visions of those tumbling, golden hills, which grow green this time of year and roll boundless for miles framed by the forested mountains and crashing sea. California is like my beautiful mother, who has given me everything: deep respect for the ocean, in which my dad taught me to surf when I was very young; and ceaseless love of the wild, non-human world, which only blossomed after I studied in university beneath the majestic Santa Cruz redwoods. California also gave me an appreciation of myriad cultures, from laid-back beach town hippies to the strong work ethic and familial bonds of Mexican immigrant families whose children's quinceaneras I attended growing up, to the pounding beats and bold palette of the city streets, which are everyone’s canvas at once.

But I’ve left California behind. I simply can’t afford it.

Animae C (508)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 3:26 pm
Good grief that's horrible!!

Thanx Freya

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 8:15 pm
Thanks Freya,

"At the end of 2015, my partner and I were paying $1850 a month for a tiny one-bedroom apartment in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. Real estate companies attempting to “rebrand" Oakland” have labeled Temescal “up and coming”......When we decided to move out of the little unit near the end of last year, our landlord told us he was thinking of renting it out for $3,000 a month."

Those prices are sick.

Roberto MARINI (88)
Tuesday April 26, 2016, 8:49 am
I didn't know California was so expensive

Peggy B (43)
Tuesday April 26, 2016, 9:28 am
California cost of living was very high even in the 70's

Mandi T (367)
Tuesday April 26, 2016, 2:53 pm
It's gotten outrageous.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday April 26, 2016, 3:22 pm
Noted. Thanks, Freya.
Interesting article. Yes, this horrible wage disparity must end and the wealthiest need to pay more taxes. Gentrification has been terrible, but until people stop being greedy and tax loopholes are closed nothing will change. "Wheeler-Dealers" rather than being scorned, are promoted by media & society as something to aspire to. Yes, we live in a sick society. We have got to get Big Money out of politics before anything can truly change.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday April 26, 2016, 3:22 pm
I have been gentrified so many times in my life I can't even remember how many times. Finally I ended up in senior public housing. I am embarrassed to say all that is wrong. I don't care if I leave in a limousine or a body bag I want out.

Kate K (215)
Tuesday April 26, 2016, 3:43 pm
And I thought where I live is bad. I am in Boston looking to et out of the city. If I did not have my house that I bought 27years ago I don't know how I could afford to live here as condos and more luxury housing takes over. I have heard that SF is very expensive. $1850-that is insane. Cities need to look at these problems and fix them instead of how much money they are getting in taxes.

Margarita R (24)
Tuesday April 26, 2016, 5:05 pm
I studied 1969 for a year in UC Berkeley and came back many years to SFO, I loved it and I still do. I did not realise the change it has made . Coming as I foreigner and using hotels you cannot find out the problems
of the residents . I am terrible sorry.
Thanks for sharing this very interesting article.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday April 27, 2016, 12:39 am

Harry Knapp (0)
Wednesday April 27, 2016, 7:26 am
Thanks for the article about life in California.

Lenore K (0)
Wednesday April 27, 2016, 1:41 pm

Patricia N (9)
Wednesday April 27, 2016, 11:35 pm
This is happening in Canada too. Even in the small towns. Rents and house prices raising every year way above cost of living raises in pensions and employment. Thank goodness we have free medical...which helps.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 28, 2016, 2:26 am
Noted with thanks Freya. I notice that about everywhere, one thing or another has hiked the cost of living and taxes. I see that from the middle class on down, everyone is losing or has lost their home. Many times I hear it has been bought by someone from a foreign country. In other words, America has been "set-up" by the 1% for this transition. It's the true "We The People" who are on the streets, on the skids. The ones Bernie Sanders is talking about and has helpful plans for, right on the top of his list. That's another big reason why he's being blocked by the media. Bernie's political revolution means to work at removing corruption in our system. There is no other candidate who gives a damn about the rapidly escalating condition, as told in this story, that is driving all but the wealthy from their homes. It is a fact that the poorer you are, the less healthy you are---with rare exception. Then that solves another method in their madness---planned population control. They need the space you are in and what's left of resources, especially drinking water. All they want from the middleclass on down, is their absence.

Roro l (0)
Thursday April 28, 2016, 12:27 pm

Jamie Clemons (282)
Thursday April 28, 2016, 1:30 pm
People should have a right to affordable housing.

Apolonia P (392)
Thursday April 28, 2016, 4:28 pm
Where gone "California dream"?.....

Sandra M Z (114)
Thursday April 28, 2016, 7:06 pm

Thank you Freya

Sheryl G (359)
Friday April 29, 2016, 3:47 pm
As George Carlin once said, the American Dream, you have to be asleep to believe it. So California dreamin' or love that Dirty Water Ah Boston You're My Home

I too am among those who has been displaced by north of Boston in a community that did urban renewal renovation and became "the place" for the Boston silicon valley people to move to.
Prices that were mentioned in the article became the norm and that was back in the 1990's. We'd already been hit prior to that with the shoe shops and mills going down south in the USA where wages were lower or moved the companies into Mexico.

It was a nice place to live, now unless one is a high end roller of some kind, a Doctor, Corporate lawyer or as many do drive into Boston take a helicopter or commuter jet to NYC and make the big bucks, come on home each evening. Long days......just to pay the high prices to live in a nice area that no one is able to see for long or enjoy for long.

This economy is working for fewer and fewer people......and if one of those high paid salaries disappear it is a quick drop to the bottom. The only one that was truly talking about making some fundamental change to help the majority of us was Bernie Sanders and the Corporate Media ignored him, dismissed him, then placed negative light upon him when they did cover him.

Oh great we will have the Billionaire who thinks he is the greatest and has already said he'd NOT raise the minimum wage.....against the other 1% who makes in one speech what most people can't make working in years and busting their behind to do it.....who also thinks that middle class is around $300,000 a year. She is going to help them......guess the rest of us once more are forgotten or are we the super predators or the welfare queens that her husband slashed the program and now we have "deep" poverty in addition to the regular ole' poverty.

None of them are offering fundamental change that we or the environment requires.......

There is going to be major struggles ahead......the wealthy do not release their grip easy.

Rose B (141)
Friday April 29, 2016, 11:30 pm

Winn A (179)
Saturday April 30, 2016, 12:15 pm
We have many, many people from CA coming to live in Whatcom County, WA and the prices of homes here has risen by leaps and bounds. I don't know what the answer is. I'm very happy I decided to focus on paying off my mortgage as early as possible on my condo. I love living here in Bellingham but the cost of everything is not cheap to say the least. However, we are lucky to have what we have as far as stores due to Canadians crossing the border to shop here which very much helps our economy. People from Seattle will come up here to get away for the weekend and will visit our local shops a lot and the tourists who get off the Alaskan State Ferries helps our economy too. But, you better bring a good paying job with you if you can because finding one here is not an easy task. And so it goes..

Shirley Plowman (1)
Saturday April 30, 2016, 5:11 pm
Really sad. When I was able to visit California, I find it so enchanting.

Johann Scheffler (120)
Friday May 6, 2016, 5:44 am
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