Move from California Now
(Don't be the last to leave!)
by Michael Relfe
Tens of thousands of people are leaving California every year. But what is even more important, is that billions of dollars are leaving along with those people, which will hasten the downfall of California. This means that many of the business mover-and-shakers - the job creators - and the people with brains - are also moving.
In addition, according to Joseph Vranich, Business Relocation expert, FIVE TIMES more businesses moved out of California in 2010 than in 2009!
So, why wait for things to get worse? How about leaving now for the best town to live in the USA - Palm Coast, in North Florida.
That way you can finally afford a BIG, beautiful house in a friendly town, just ten minutes from Flagler Beach.
In 2008, The LA Times reported:
But in 2012, the flood of people leaving California continues to grow in size. In 2012, Fox News reported that 225,000 flee California every year! A lot of these people are the wealthier people and job-creators.
After reading numerous posts on the internet saying why people left California, here are some good reasons for you to do the same:
Joseph Vranich, Business Relocation Coach, has done a lot of research on this subject. He discovered:
The top 10 reasons why businesses leave California:
#10 (New!) – Unprecedented Energy Costs
The California Manufacturers and Technology Association states that commercial electrical rates already are 50% higher than in the rest of the country. However, a law enacted in April 12, 2011 requires utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources (e.g., solar panels, windmills) within nine years. Look for costs to increase by another 19% in many places to a whopping 74% in Los Angeles.
The Tax Foundation in their 2011 State Business Tax Climate Index lists California at No. 49 for tax fairness.
CFO Magazine ranked California the worst state for tax treatment.
The Council on State Taxation ranks California as the only state to receive a D- grade (the lowest grade).
Last year the National Conference of State Legislatures said California remains the number one state in raising taxes – raising them higher than any other state that increased taxes in 2009.
The consulting firm Bain & Co. constructed a “regulatory hassle index” that found "California is far worse than any other state by a very significant margin."
The finding was echoed by Development Counselors International that found that 72% of surveyed corporate executives listed California as having the “worst business climate” in the entire United States.
The Civil Justice Association of California said the state ranks 44th in legal fairness to business. Los Angeles was again named the least fair and reasonable litigation environment in the entire country.
The Rose Institute of State and Local Government reported in its 2010 survey that California cities continue to be some of the most expensive locations to do business in the United States.
That was confirmed by the Milken Institute, which found that California businesses are paying 23% more than the national average just to operate here.
Again Bain & Co. found that more than half of California business leaders – an astonishing 60% – said their policy is to restrict job growth in the state or move jobs to other U.S. locations. .
The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council in Virginia found that California ranked 49th overall in terms of business friendliness.
#3 – Uncontrollable Spending
Extravagant spending causes California to now have the lowest credit rating of any state.
The American Legislative Exchange Council points out: "Despite the dubious distinction of having both the highest statewide personal income tax and the highest state sales tax in the nation, California still finds itself with far and away the largest budget deficit of any state."
For two years in a row Chief Executive magazine found California to be the worst state in the nation in which to do business. The magazine calls California the “Venezuela of North America.”
California ranked dead last in the latest Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2010 study
There is little evidence that California’s business environment will improve considering that that the legislature in 2011 has voted down litigation reform, tax-increase plans are underway, and a host of new regulations are to be implemented that will increase costs for literally every business.
I have read blogs by people who have left California, who are very glad they did. These are a few of quotes:
Animals Fleeing the Radiation Plume from Fukushima:
It began with the anchovies, miles and miles of them, their silvery blue bodies thick in the waters of Monterey Bay. Large numbers of whales have congregated off Monterey Bay ... Then the sea lions came, by the thousands, from up and down the California coast, and the pelicans, arriving in one long V-formation after another. Fleets of bottlenose dolphins joined them. But it was the whales that astounded even longtime residents — more than 200 humpbacks lunging, breaching, blowing and tail flapping.
Once you decide that you want to move out of California, the big question is, where to? The USA is a BIG country and it takes a lot of time and money to travel around and learn where you want to be.
Well, we've done the hard work for you! My wife and I have lived in more states in America than many Americans have visited. We have lived in Michigan (Farmington Hills), Indiana (Indianapolis), Arizona (White Mountains), Virginia (Chesapeake), Texas (Dallas), Iowa (Dubuque) and Australia (Sydney and Melbourne). Plus I lived in Chicago (Illinois), Missouri (Kansas City), Oklahoma (Tulsa), Idaho (Idaho Falls), Los Angeles (California), Arizona (Phoenix), Atlanta (Georgia) and Indiana (Southbend) before I married.
In addition, we have travelled through dozens of other states. After many years of looking for the best place to live in the world, we have finally decided that Palm Coast, in northern Florida, is the best place to live. We have lived here for many years.
Palm Coast is in north Florida, between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, and only 10 minutes from Flagler Beach, on the Atlantic Ocean.
Here is a picture of Flagler Beach, with the pier in the background -
Being in North Florida, next to the Atlantic Ocean, Palm Coast has moderate temperatures and cooling breezes.
I read a blog where a Californian left California. They are happy they did that, but they still miss the beach and Starbucks. Palm Coast has both!
In these economic times we live in, one of the things you want to consider especially is, what will the place you move to be like in ten or twenty years time? Here's a clue - see where the money is moving to.
It turns out that in the ten years from 1999 - 2009, more money moved to Florida than any other state. $70 billion in fact!
Palm Coast did not grow haphazardly like most towns. It was a master-planned community from early on. It was first developed in just 1969! It is a charming, clean city with modern houses, for a fraction of the price you pay in California!
The bulk of Palm Coast is formed of thousands of well-priced houses in family-friendly neighbourhoods. Most houses here are made of concrete and stucco, with a few made of brick. Which means low maintenance, no termites and longer durability. And they are pretty!
Property taxes are reasonable.
Nearly all the homes are on 10,000 square feet, which is nearly ¼ of an acre. Mobile homes are not allowed. The council is very good at keeping the place tidy.
And if you want to live in a gated community, there are a number of them in Palm Coast, which add to the general beauty of the surroundings for everyone. Here is one of them, which we pass on the way to Hammock Beach, one of the three beaches next to Palm Coast -
Some people miss the beauty of California when they move. Palm Coast has both natural and man-made beauty, and the mayor and city council are working to create even more.
Here is a state park beside the Intracoastal waterway. You can see Flagler Beach in the background -
Here is Washington Oaks, a state park which we love to visit -
We have some very nice restaurants, for example, at European Village -
And, if you want to go on a boat, there are plenty along the Intracoastal. Along which is a park that we enjoy walking along -
So, if you are sick of California, now is the time to move, because so many people with money and sense are leaving, and taking their money, brains and work-ethic with them. Plan a holiday in Florida right now.
by Michael Relfe
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More Information on the Exodus from California:
16 Reasons to Move Out of California (4/18/12)
All photographs are Copyright ©Michael Relfe, 2012