The only reasons many people have stuck around as long as they have is because the weather in much of California is fantastic and because one can drive from orange groves to world class or close to world class skiing in 2 hours. (In theory.) One can put up with a lot when it’s 75 degrees, sunny, with low humidity. I know I could.
But there are limits. The state has taken its blessings for granted for far too long. Now it is basically a one party state dominated by San Francisco and Los Angeles and the ruling party thinks the revenue stream will never end.
(From The Mercury News)
Living in San Jose, Kathleen Eaton seemingly had it all: a well-paying job, a home in a gated community, even the Bay Area’s temperate weather.
But enduring a daily grind that made her feel like a “gerbil on a wheel,” Eaton reached her limit.
Skyrocketing costs for housing, food and gasoline, along with the area’s insufferable gridlock, prompted the four-decade Bay Area resident to seek greener pastures — 2,000 miles away in Ohio.
“It was a struggle in California,” Eaton said. “It was a very difficult place to live. … It’s a vicious circle.”
Eaton is far from alone.