It is wonderful to finally see a list of least desirable places to live that doesn’t include the Imperial Valley and/or El Centro.
It is not so wonderful, though, to see that eight of the top 20 cities on the Forbes.com list of most miserable places to live in the United States are in California.
It is understandable, however. With high taxes, a scary crime rate, devastating home foreclosure issues, depressing unemployment statistics and massive service cuts related to budget shortfalls, the shine has come off the Golden State.
Democrats, who have been in control of the state Legislature for decades, also now hold the governorship and most other powerful positions in the state. California went into the economic doldrums, and has stayed there, in the hands of the Democrats, who are beholden to unions and other special interests. California Democrats seem intent on not changing their ways, which means the hard times likely will continue in the state.
Realistically, we don’t believe Stockton is the most miserable place to live in the country, as Forbes.com insists it is in rankings released this week. We don’t think Merced, Modesto and Sacramento should be in the top five on the miserable list, either. They actually are pleasant places, even though they can be cold and foggy in the winter and oppressively hot in the summer … and weather was a factor in the misery count.
The state’s problems are deepest in such San Joaquin Valley cities, though. Stockton has been particularly hard hit by the foreclosure crisis, for example, and long has had problems with poverty and crime. Forbes.com even factors in the fortunes of local sports teams in its misery calculations, and Stockton’s high-profile University of Pacific teams have not exactly excelled in recent years.
Having been in Stockton’s place, we in the Imperial Valley can empathize. But things are not going to be less miserable for Stockton in particular or California in general until the state’s politics change drastically.
Valley not on latest worst places list.
The state’s problems are rooted in Sacramento.
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