"Mike Reilly spent his entire lifetime chasing the California dream. This year he's going to look for it in Colorado. With a house purchase near Denver in the works, the 38-year-old engineering contractor plans to move his family 1,200 miles away from his home state's lemon groves, sunshine and beaches. For him, years of rising taxes, dead-end schools, unchecked illegal immigration and clogged traffic have robbed the Golden State of its allure. Is there something left of the California dream? 'If you are a Hollywood actor,' Reilly says, 'but not for us.' ... But for many California families last year, tomorrow started somewhere else. The number of people leaving California for another state outstripped the number moving in for another state during the year ending on July 1, 2008. California lost a net total of 144,000 people during that period--more than any other state, according to census estimates. ... Why are so many looking for an exit?", 12 January 2009, link: http://www.msnbc.com/id/28625138.
"In 2004, FAIR published a study estimating California's annual cost for illegal immigration at $9 billion, an amount which surely has not decreased in the intervening time. But the goodies for illegal aliens are not being cut, even as basic services are being axed for citizens. The presence of millions of illegal aliens--many of whom are uneducated, unskilled and non-English speaking--is not the only cause of California's budget crisis, but it is a significant part. ... Schwarzenegger called it a 'big mistake' Wednesday to blame illegal immigrants for the state's looming $8 billion budget gap [in August], just as Republican lawmakers have proposed a rollback of benefits for illegal immigrants to save money", Brenda Walker, 18 January 2009 at http://vdare.com/archieves/2009/01/18/californa-budget-meltdown-staggers-along/
DN is a Congressman from California. He can't say, "The exodus is largely a response to the Mexodus".
Illegal aliens' UCLA and Berkeley tuition is less than foreigners, i.e., Arizona and Nevada kids! If illegal aliens attend UCLA, why doesn't the (in)Justice Department raid UCLA's registrars office, identify, and deport them? Then find a charge to arrest UCLA's adminstrators on. Californians follow Lenin's dictum, they are "voting with their feet". I'm sure this makes Paul Krugman cringe. "Balkanized tribal areas", see my 6 September 2008 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2008/09/coming-civil-war.html. The majority of LA County (LAC) residents speak a language other than English at home. The LAT reported 53% of LAC residents are functionally illiterate. What country is LAC in anyway? Robert Putnam is a Harvard professor. I'm surprised he hasn't been driven off that campus. Totally free medical care. Is that making California hospitals close? "Tough measures"? My fix: let California issue its own money then hyperinflate it out of existence! "Cross-communal plundering", I love it! See also gm's comments at my 4 January 2009 post: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2009/01/backlash-afoot.html. California is a witches' brew of troubles.
Because it's too expensive to live there and large parts of California are no longer part of the US.
Is the Guvernator serious? What is California's annual illegal alien and anchor baby cost? 60,000 prison inmates @ $36,000 each or $2.1 billion; 530,000 LAUSD students @ $13,000 each or $6.9 billion, 5.5 million people getting medical care @ $1,500 each or $8.2 billion; that's $17.2 billion already. Either the illegal aliens and their progeny will be denied services at the barrel of a gun, or the Franchise Tax Board will take Californian's property at the barrel of a gun. The question is: who will the gun be aimed at? This reminds me of something Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels said, "The most important weapon of war is propaganda. Why? Any idiot can be taught to carry a rifle. But it is the proper administration of propaganda which determines the direction in which he points it".