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California Leads in Worst Cities to Live

California Leads in Worst Cities to Live
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By with Michael R. Shannon Saturday, 07 July 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

USA Today recently ran a listing of cities in which a smart state government will not want to appear. The headline on the story read: “Least livable: 50 worst US cities to reside in.” Since California is the most populous state in the nation it wouldn’t be surprising for at least one of the Failed Fifty to be a California city.

But that wasn’t the case. California led the listing with the highest number of “least livable” cities — a stunning total of seven. How can this be? Gov. Jerry Brown is forever telling us that California is the success story of the nation. A state that is a beacon for the rest of the benighted areas in these United States.

Yet here we have Fresno at 32, Oakland at 27, Merced at 26, Stockton at 24, Compton at 20, San Bernardino at 14, and Florence-Graham at 13. Apologists for California’s leftist governing class will claim that this is only to be expected when your state is the largest.

If that’s so, how do they explain the fact the second largest state in the nation, Texas — and the state where many California businesses go to flee high taxes and an anti-business bureaucracy — had absolutely no cities on the list of dishonor?

Are there factors common to each of the California cities that could explain the low ranking?

Well, let’s see… Fresno — poverty rate of 28 percent and high housing cost; Oakland — highest crime rate in California and high housing cost; Merced — poverty rate of 28 percent and high unemployment; Stockton — high unemployment and high cost of living; Compton — poverty rate of 26 percent and high crime rate; San Bernardino — poverty rate of 29 percent and high crime rate; and Florence-Graham — poverty rate of 32 percent and high housing cost.

Why it’s almost as if California’s elites had planned this outcome. Attracting millions of illegals with "sanctuary" policies drives wages down for citizens and people who were already in the state, which contributes to low-income households and a growing poverty rate.

The state bureaucracy’s business-is-the-enemy attitude makes it difficult to start a business in California or grow a business resulting in lack of opportunity and high unemployment.

A "sanctuary" state contributes to a high crime rate by sheltering people in California who have no right to be in the U.S., much less California. If they were deported their subsequent crimes would appear on some other city’s statistics.

Then, to top it off, state and local government in an unholy alliance with "environmentalists" and NIMBYs make it almost impossible to build high density housing so the demand for existing housing prices it out of the reach of low-income residents.

I’m surprised more California cities didn’t make the lousy list. I wonder if anyone in Sacramento cares?

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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