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Would you live in California, USA?

pgtx 29 | 3,146
11 Sep 2013 #1
If yes, why?

If no, why?

I know that some of you live or used to live in California, so I do expect your honest opinions about life there: job, housing, $, etc.

I'm thinking San Diego area, Carlsbad, Vista...? Any opinions welcomed.
Tlum 12 | 167
11 Sep 2013 #2
Definitely not. Liberal state, waaay too much taxes and regulations, too much Mexican gangs influence. Plus a big earthquake is coming. People from CA are moving to FL (much nicer beaches and safer, especially in the bay area).
11 Sep 2013 #3
If yes, why?

The weather!! You'd understand if you had to live in the UK!
OP pgtx 29 | 3,146
11 Sep 2013 #4
The weather!!

Texas weather sucks too.
Tlum 12 | 167
11 Sep 2013 #5
This is interesting too:
TheOther 6 | 3,674
12 Sep 2013 #8
If yes, why?

Silicon Valley is my favorite:

a) Lots of job opportunities in the Bay Area
b) Different nationalities everywhere. You will meet tons of interesting people from all over the world. Additionally, ethnic cuisine, bars, shops and so on abound.

c) Great cities like San Francisco
d) Scenery is gorgeous. So is the weather (most of the time)

If no, why?

a) Too expensive
b) Horrible commute
c) Bad air quality
mochadot18 17 | 245
12 Sep 2013 #9
I would honestly say NO and i'll tell you why. My mom has a friend who worked for the USGS she used to do test to find out weather shifts withing the ground were caused by earthquakes or by nuclear weapons. (HOW AWESOME, she even had to drive to work a different way and sometimes get taken home by security if their was a chance she was in danger) But anyway part of her job was to also predict when the Great Earthquake will happen in Cali. Well lets just say she doesn't live in California anymore. So she predicted that it is coming and it wasn't worth the risk to stay living in CA any longer she now does this in a safe state.

I mean yes a very very nice place. I personally LOVED it when I went but like Ryb said very expensive. The weather is JUST GREAT.

I personally we to San Francisco, got to see alcatraz which was cool and go to Sacramento and stuff and great for vacationing YES. But I just wouldn't live there, its too big a risk.

People from CA are moving to FL (much nicer beaches and safer, especially in the bay area).

Ehhhhh I doubt that, Florida is WAY WAY too hot. Plus you got gators and if people are moving out of California for Florida well then its prob to retire.
Tlum 12 | 167
12 Sep 2013 #10
Ehhhhh I doubt that, Florida is WAY WAY too hot.

Not in places like Sarasota. Yes, many parts (like Orlando) are hot, but not the bay area (especially in the 10 mile radius from the ocean).
OP pgtx 29 | 3,146
12 Sep 2013 #11
This is interesting too

sorry, but this text is wrong on many levels.

Great Earthquake

Oklahoma have tornadoes. Florida has hurricanes. Texas has heat. Minnesota has snow :)
mochadot18 17 | 245
12 Sep 2013 #12
Oklahoma have tornadoes. Florida has hurricanes. Texas has heat. Minnesota has snow :)

Minnesota NOW THATS A GREAT PLACE to live. LOVED it there omg we had the best house when we lived there lake in our back yard just GORGEOUS. But the snow wasnt going to kill us......... And while yes florida has hurricanes and Oklahoma Tornadoes what about a place like Maine, Conneticut is super nice. But this earthquake that WILL happen will be a lot worse than a small tornado that you can hide underground for. Also tornadoes are more predictable, eathquakes are more spured they might know semi when it may happen but they cant tell as close as they can for a tornado. Every place though yes will have its pro's and con's I was just mentioning one of the cons.

Just personally I could NEVER wake up to a snowless christmas I mean the just skip christmas its nothing without the snow.
pierogi2000 4 | 228
12 Sep 2013 #13
I've lived in Vista.

Where are you planning on moving from and how are you financially sustaining yourself. What are your hobbies. How far are you willing to commute to and from work, to and from beach/nightlife etc?
legend 3 | 660
12 Sep 2013 #14
No offense but I would NEVER live in America.

San Francisco...

Liberal hellhole, too many homosexuals and pedophiles.

LA and California have too many Mexicans/Latinos, crime

Its gonna be a Mexican state within the next 50 years.

The only thing California has is better weather.
f stop 25 | 2,507
12 Sep 2013 #15
I live in Florida, it's not so much the heat but the high humidity that makes this place unbearable in the summer.
I would move to California if I was not so scared of earthquakes and if I could afford a house with a decent yard within walking distance to the beach.
pierogi2000 4 | 228
12 Sep 2013 #16
California, along with the USA is certainty on the decline. Fortunately California is still (far & away) the global capital of the technology industry, thanks to Silicon Valley. But how long will this continue? As the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman killing illustrated, expecting to avoid crime by leaving the cities is no longer the case in the USA.

San Franciso is the closest West Coast city you'll get to European lifestyle. Los Angeles is just a cesspool of weirdness. San Diego is a nice place to raise children but it's a fairly small city and thus you will be forced to live in the suburbs. Spending 10+ hours weekly in your car and hundreds of dollars a month on fuel. But it's a fairly safe and quiet (gets boring) city.

My general feeling is that unless you are wealthy (Top 2%) you will have overall superior living standards in Europe. I believe the reason more Americans don't immigrate is because of their ineptness to speak more than 1 language and no family connection.
Meathead 5 | 469
12 Sep 2013 #17
If I was to move to California, I'd probably go to San Diego. But in your case have you thought of the Texas Gulf Coast? Corpus Christie? How about San Antone? The first Polish settlement in the US was near there you know (Pana Maria). If all else fails you can always head to Warsaw USA (Chicago).
beckski 12 | 1,617
12 Sep 2013 #18
Del Mar in San Diego County has some gorgeous places. Just a bit pricey. Orange County has nice areas, such as Newport Beach & Laguna Beach. Cities such as Los Angeles are implementing various phases of urban renewal & gentrification. Personally, my favorite weekend getaway is beautiful Palm Springs:)

My list of Pros & Cons concerning Cali:

Polish churches in San Diego County, Orange County & LA County
Beckski & Shewolf will be your neighbors :)
Beaches, mountains, desert, rural living
Casinos, Palm Springs
Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm
Route 66, museums, historic sites
Close access to Mexican border for day trips
Great restaurants, shopping, fabulous night life, Flea Markets:)
San Diego County has a wonderful Red Trolley transportation system.

Very small Polish population
Increasing statistics in crime & homelessness, high unemployment rates. (many people in San Diego County are employed via temp agencies, due to lack of steady jobs.)

Tendency of multiple fires in various areas during hot summer months
***Be prepared for culture shock***
You may expect to experience extreme levels of reverse discrimination, in both the work place & everyday life. This is especially true if you're blonde & blue or fair-skinned.This is by all means no exaggeration!!!

I hope this info is helpful :)
pierogi2000 4 | 228
12 Sep 2013 #19
Beckski, are you part of the San Diego Polish Church community?
Sparks11 - | 334
12 Sep 2013 #20
I think this is a silly question. Of course there are the social, political, personal, whatever factors to consider, but I suppose it really depends on what your situation would be there? I wouldn't rule out living anywhere if the conditions were right. I think you should ask yourself what you want and then see if Cali offers these things. Yes?
DaveSteve - | 1
12 Sep 2013 #21
Move to Wisconsin! Milwaukee has a large Polish community. It has a great night life, lots of jobs and is on Lake Michigan. You can swim in the summer and enjoy beautiful snow in the winter.
James G 2 | 14
12 Sep 2013 #22
I lived in outskirts of Riverside CA, and rarely met an American out that side...all Mexican shops, housing, gangs..etc!! would not go to this part again..santa monica is neat but expensive....earthquakes don't bother me, only when the ground shakes :))
pierogi2000 4 | 228
13 Sep 2013 #23
Move to Wisconsin! Milwaukee has a large Polish community.

The way my close friend descripted his visit to Wisconsin. It sounded like Polska. Would consider
mochadot18 17 | 245
13 Sep 2013 #24

beckski 12 | 1,617
16 Sep 2013 #25
The San Diego Polish church has a great festival in October. Long drive for me though; approx 100 miles. If you hurry Pgtx maybe you can make it here for their next fest in October 😃
OP pgtx 29 | 3,146
17 Sep 2013 #26
I'll probably be there to enjoy the weather, food and people :)
LinguistRick - | 2
17 Sep 2013 #27
California is awesome :) I am looking for Polish friends that I can practice speaking with. Anyone from the Bay Area?
scottie1113 7 | 898
17 Sep 2013 #28
I'm thinking San Diego area, Carlsbad, Vista.

Nice area. I lived in Oceanside and Carlsbad for 25 years before moving to Poland. I loved the place. Great weather, nice beaches, close both to both deserts and mountains. Traffic? I lived and worked in the community so I didn't face long commutes to San Diego on weekdays. Crime? Not much in my area. As is true in any city, avoid the bad areas and you'll be fine. The way to stay out of bar fights is to stay out of bars. It's really that simple.

Politics? You'll have to make your own decision about that. You'll always find something to disagree with no matter where you live.

Earthquakes and forest fires are an integral part of life in Southern California. Earthquake codes are stringent. Since the quake in San Francisco-88 or 89, there's has been relatively little damage done even by major shakers.

In short, if I ever move back to the US, North San Diego County is where I'll go.
dolnoslask 6 | 2,935
27 Apr 2017 #29
[moved from]

Good to see that Berkely is doing its job an punping out the next generation we can all sleep well at night knowing these guys will be running the country and keeping us safe when we are old.
johnny reb 49 | 7,134
27 Apr 2017 #30
That's why they call California the Left Coast, land of the fruits and nuts.
They are almost 500 billion in debt or about $12,000 for each citizen of California.
We can only hope that California soon has a huge earthquake that breaks it off from the rest of the U.S. and it falls into the Pacific Ocean.

Now that WOULD really help Make America Great Again.

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