I remember lots of gloating, snarky comments on this site when CA had some budget problems. It seems that a lot of people really want to see California fail. Sorry, but we will continue to be a great, diverse state. CA haters tend to over-generalize. CA has red areas and blue areas and lots of independents too. For awhile we had fiscal problems mostly because it takes a super majority pass budget-related legislation.. Once the dems got that super-majority the logjam cleared and we did sensible things to put our fiscal house in order. Concerning the high price of real-estate, remember that it is only in some places, particularly in the most desirable spots in the bay area. There are indeed cheaper and nice bedroom communities, but the commute is ugly. One thing that CA can do much better on is mass transit.