13 Shocking Facts About Northern California

That Could Make You Want To Move

Northern Californians are in love with our spot on the map. But every once in a while we get stuck in traffic, or actually read the local news and wonder, ‘what in the world is going on?’ For most of us here, we think life is the same pretty much everywhere. Doesn’t every big city have to pay a 10% additional restaurant tax for their homeless like we do when we visit San Francisco? Apparently, when we make a point to seriously talk to our out-of-state friends we discover that isn’t the case.

Warning: Read at your own risk!

Here are a few sobering facts that are making a lot of folks in our neighborhoods pack their bags and get out of dodge.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

1. Traffic

San Mateo, Richmond, Redding, Santa Clara, Walnut Creek, Livermore, Oakland…all of you know what we’re talking about!


2. Water

Water is worth its weight in gold around here. Unless something changes we may be bathing in thimble-sized bathtubs.


3. Year-Round Legislation

What does that mean to us? It means legislators work around the clock to pass hundreds of laws each year. 904 new laws in 2015 and 807 in 2016. Those do-gooders in the state capitol are never done doing good. Aren’t we lucky?


4. Then things like this happen

With over regulation we find our triggers missing from our gas pumps because we might be dumb enough to pour gas all over ourselves and light a match.


5. Plastic Grocery Bags

The big debate now is over plastic bags. Seriously. That’s where our legislature is spending valuable time? Elderly folks better remember those environmentally friendly bags or else they’re paying 10 cents a bag or they’ll be carrying home their cartload. The cat’s out of the bag. (We couldn’t’ help ourselves.)


6. Immunizations not a choice

Then there’s the immunization law that went into affect this year. Parents don’t have a choice for religious reasons or personal beliefs. Take your medicine or violate the law.


7. Permit for this. Really?

Don’t have a garbage disposal? In El Dorado County you need a $100 permit to put one in. No, we’re not kidding.


8. Marijuana

Medicinal now…recreational is right around the corner. These storefronts are popping up all over. Start counting how many you have in your neighborhood – they’re giving Starbucks a run for their money.


9. Felonies morph into misdemeanors

Prop 47 went into effect to reduce population in prisons here and “non-serious” property and drug crimes went from a felony to a misdemeanor. What does that mean to you? it means if you’re caught in possession of drugs it’s a misdemeanor citation under Prop 47, or essentially a ticket. Caught stealing something worth less than $950? That means a ticket, too. Caught using some of that $950 to buy more drugs? Another citation. The unintended effects? According to an article in the Washington Post, robberies are up 23 percent in San Francisco. Certain categories of crime have risen 20 percent in Lake Tahoe, and 22 percent in Chico. Officers are discouraged and call it the “frequent flyer” program. Sounds more like a get-out-of-jail-free card.


10. Unemployment

While the unemployment rate dropped in February of 2016, if you talk to anyone you hear the same woes. “It’s so hard to find a good job!” There’s a lot of baristas who hold Master’s Degrees in these parts. Just sayin…


11. College Tuition

The average UC student now leaves school $20,500 in debt. According to data from the California State University Budget Office, students were paying three times more in 2014 than their 1992 counterparts. Ouch!


12. Businesses are leaving

Lots of Northern California counties are feeling the weight of businesses leaving the state. According to a study out of Irvine, an article in Bizjournals.com confirms over 9,000 businesses have left for Texas. Eight out of the 15 counties feeling the weight of this the most are: Santa Clara, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Sacramento, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Sonoma.


13. Real Estate

This is what $408,000 will get you on DeLong Street in San Francisco according to Redfin.com.

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