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    Pros and Cons of living in California

    What are the Pros and Cons of living/working in California?...Living in Florida all you mostly hear about in NYC,Texas and a few other states...I am just curious about California?...
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    Its not all that bad down in San Diego. Although, for an area this populated, I'm still surprised how early everything closes here. Its not like South FL where everything is 24 hours. Hell, IHOP and most Walmarts close at 10pm...

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    PROS? plenty of things to do,plenty of jobs-beaches ,babes,mountains,rivers,desert,beautiful state from the north to the south,great weather

    CONS? high COL, overly crowded inner city areas,expensive housing.earthquakes,floods,wild fires

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    That's a good thing....Alot of the 24 hour stores are being robbed almost weekly down here...Especially drug stores CVS,Walgreens,ect...
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    Is LA nice?...
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    Los Angeles County is huge and while some parts are s***, others are very nice. I wouldn't live in the City of Los Angeles because of the crappy city council and the way they mismanage the local public services (including the police department). Within the County you'll find areas as nice as Beverly Hills, Torrance and Malibu, or as nasty as Inglewood, Compton or Maywood. Choose your neighborhood wisely!

    One nice thing about working in Southern California is that once you retire, you'll be living on a retirement plan designed to enable you to continue living in a high cost of living area. If you do decide to move out of state, at least you can afford to live well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southflaguy View Post
    Is LA nice?...
    It's nice to work in: always busy and plenty of different things to do.

    It's not nice to live in: too crowded, too much crime, too much traffic.

    Guess it depends what you mean by "nice."

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    pro- earthquakes instead of hurricanes

    con- earthquakes and crappy CCW law

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    the dude or "dud"? communism? this state is out of control,ala "near anarchy",which is WORSE than any notion of living in a commie state could ever conjure up- where do you guys get this stuff???? please STOP listening to KFI when you are STUCK on the fwys and trying to FLEE the urban areas to those "pseudo G-d fearing,all things americana,uber republican places like financially BROKE OC or San Diego county".....

    STILL- it beats Michigan or NJ any day of the week, or you can try living in some of those flood and tornado smashed states where what we call "recreational camping" (living in a trailer and using propane gas tank attached to heat and cook) is what most struggling folks call "home"...............(got alot of friends who have "escaped" those worn out states and LOVE IT HERE)
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    Communism isnt quite the correct term.....SOCIALISM is.......

    The 'nanny state' types in Sacramento arent happy unless they are controlling every little aspect of your life......

    I plan on moving out of this state about 5 minutes after I retire......
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    Every location has a bad part of town.

    With that, there are very nice area to live in....the cost of living is very high but the pay equals it all out.

    I too plan to move out of state.....after retirement.

    Funny alot of people are drawn here for some reason or another. My question is WHY?????
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    Me? Born and raised.

    Maybe because I'm not a cop yet, but I love California. We spent the first 11 years of our marriage in Ventura County, the Thousand Oaks area. It's clean, safe, pretty, not too crowded at all. Great schools for the kids.

    Now we're in South OC, also clean and safe, although more crowded than I like. Still, we were able to get a quarter-acre lot (which is average or small for TO but humongous for this area), where the fruit trees are always producing. The beaches are nearby and both San Diego and LA are an hour away. Life is good.

    Guess I'll have a whole other perspective once I'm patroling the streets, eh?
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    One day last year...


    Surfed Huntington Beach in the morinng.

    Went to work for about 3 hours.

    In 'n out Burger for lunch.

    Drove to Mountain High and snowboarded the afternoon session.

    Where else can you do that? And get a 4X4 animal style?

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    Like any place, you have to find the nook or cranny that suits you. When you get off the beaten path you find the places that are really worth living in, IMHO. Here's a picture of my Los Angeles County house last winter. My zip code says I live in Santa Clarita, my phone number says I live in Lancaster. I live over 20 miles from both of them.

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    I was just curious about California...Seems nice place to live,after all California is a big state...San Diego, L.A,San Fransisco: would be places I would like to visit...I was checking out the LAPD and LAcounty sheriffs web-site looks pretty cool...

    By nice I mean you can go out and have a good time w/o much trouble around,nice house/apt,good career opportunities (in LE,and other aspects that are non-LE),and raise a family....Great weahter..No snow, I hate the cold...

    Deputyx 2, I don't know Cali seems like a nice place to live,there're worst places to live...People that want to be movie stars..lol...

    Those that want to get out of California what other state would you like to live in,if you don't mind me asking?...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southflaguy View Post
    I was just curious about California...Seems nice place to live,after all California is a big state...San Diego, L.A,San Fransisco: would be places I would like to visit...I was checking out the LAPD and LAcounty sheriffs web-site looks pretty cool...

    By nice I mean you can go out and have a good time w/o much trouble around,nice house/apt,good career opportunities (in LE,and other aspects that are non-LE),and raise a family....Great weahter..No snow, I hate the cold...

    Deputyx 2, I don't know Cali seems like a nice place to live,there're worst places to live...People that want to be movie stars..lol...

    Those that want to get out of California what other state would you like to live in,if you don't mind me asking?...
    One that doenst have the same amount of idiot socialists running the state, all the while trying to run every little aspect of your life...........

    Other than that, I will be keeping my options open....maybe Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado ect.....I will be doing alot of research when the time comes
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    Florida...Hey we're a red state...LOL..
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    let's see if this works ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LA DEP View Post
    Communism isnt quite the correct term.....SOCIALISM is.......

    The 'nanny state' types in Sacramento arent happy unless they are controlling every little aspect of your life......

    I plan on moving out of this state about 5 minutes after I retire......
    LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! more like "socialized ANARCHY"- still the sun sets in the west and shines on all of our overly tanned,sociopathic, drug addled ( xanax and booze), overly pampered ,and "barely" english speaking butts..............LA DEP. As soon as you retire you'll probably go no further than Colorado,Idaho,Nev,AZ,Was, or Ore- all states FULL of CA "Ex patriots" and escapees ( 'cause you KNOW you'll want to drop in on the "golden state" every now and again)

    Was at the Saddle Ranch bar and grill on sunset Bl (watched alot of We Ho Deps stopping in for those 16 oz steaks "on the house:") ALL the Waiters,barkeeps and cutie girls bopping around that place were from every state East of the Mississip'; they griped about L.A. and Calif in general,BUT they also praised it for being BETTER than where they came from.......

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    Ah yes, the scenery. Here's the East Fork San Gabriel River on any given weekend when the weather is good:

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    Those are beautiful pictures Copp'r penny and 417LT...The thing that turns me off about California are earthquakes...We have hurricanes in Florida and all,but at least we get a heads-up...In California one minute everything is fine the next the earth starts moving...

    LADep you're might miss Cali...The action, always something to do,the only in California moments...When I left Florida for a few months I felt like that (home sick)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southflaguy View Post
    Those are beautiful pictures Copp'r penny and 417LT...The thing that turns me off about California are earthquakes...We have hurricanes in Florida and all,but at least we get a heads-up...In California one minute everything is fine the next the earth starts moving...

    LADep you're might miss Cali...The action, always something to do,the only in California moments...When I left Florida for a few months I felt like that (home sick)...
    Earthquakes arent that big of a deal USUALLY.....the little ones in the 3s, 4s, and low 5s dont do much except rattle nerves........its the 6-8+ that they are expecting that wont be much fun.....the 6.7 in Northridge was bad enough......

    I will come back and visit CA.....it has some of the most beautiful scenery around........I would love to retire to the Monterey Bay area, but the politics in the state are REALLY starting to bug me......
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    Southflaguy,

    I'm in Broward. And I can tell you this. I've been living here for almost six years (everywhere between Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale). I came down after high school from the midwest to do college.

    I'm ready to leave. The only way I would stay is if I was hired by one department in which I have an app in (I won't say which).

    I would love to re-locate to California. Why? I just think the quality of life is better there. California has so much to offer. From central California (I love the Fresno/Clovis area) all the way south to the Border. I spent one summer (three months) in Fresno/Clovis and had the opportunity to travel all over the state. It really is diverse, a lot more than Florida.

    People in Florida, for the most part, just don't seem to give a rats a** about anything...even themselves. There is no regard for life here. The only people that are enjoying this state are the retirees and visitors.

    I'm not a disgruntle citizen walking around cussing and bashing everyone I come in contact with. I have family here (Sarasota, Melbourne, JAX, G-Ville). I got my education here. I've made some life-long friends here. But this is from comparing how life is in other parts of the US, especially the west coast.

    I know there are parts of California where it's not all glamour and not well liked by the citizens of the state. But the attitudes of people and lifestyles change when you travel to different parts of the state. Not Florida, everyone has the same pi** poor attitude here.

    Again, I don't think everyone in Florida is like this, but more than enough to make me come to this conclusion. I know there are some that believe Florida is the best thing that ever happened to them. Not me, I've got my bags packed, got applications out there....just waiting for an opportunity.

    Just my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChRdy21799 View Post
    Southflaguy,

    I'm in Broward. And I can tell you this. I've been living here for almost six years (everywhere between Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale). I came down after high school from the midwest to do college.

    I'm ready to leave. The only way I would stay is if I was hired by one department in which I have an app in (I won't say which).

    I would love to re-locate to California. Why? I just think the quality of life is better there. California has so much to offer. From central California (I love the Fresno/Clovis area) all the way south to the Border. I spent one summer (three months) in Fresno/Clovis and had the opportunity to travel all over the state. It really is diverse, a lot more than Florida.

    People in Florida, for the most part, just don't seem to give a rats a** about anything...even themselves. There is no regard for life here. The only people that are enjoying this state are the retirees and visitors.

    I'm not a disgruntle citizen walking around cussing and bashing everyone I come in contact with. I have family here (Sarasota, Melbourne, JAX, G-Ville). I got my education here. I've made some life-long friends here. But this is from comparing how life is in other parts of the US, especially the west coast.

    I know there are parts of California where it's not all glamour and not well liked by the citizens of the state. But the attitudes of people and lifestyles change when you travel to different parts of the state. Not Florida, everyone has the same pi** poor attitude here.

    Again, I don't think everyone in Florida is like this, but more than enough to make me come to this conclusion. I know there are some that believe Florida is the best thing that ever happened to them. Not me, I've got my bags packed, got applications out there....just waiting for an opportunity.

    Just my opinion.

    I've been in Florida since I was 4 years old...I've lived in Miami and Broward (I live in Broward as well)...I love it here...I went up North about an hour away from NYC...The people were nice and all but I didn't like the vibe...I have fam in California, they tell me it's nice here cheaper,cleaner, and not a big gang problem...I agree w/ you some people here have a bad attitude,you'll find that everywhere...Anyway good luck to you...All the best...
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