There is no need to 'wake up' here - any Californian is well aware of what challenges the state has environmentally and in terms of specific economic issues like public pensions and housing.
Would just like to point out many of the things you cited w/links are meaningless without context:
1. Yes, CA is the *numerical* leader in bankruptcy filings, but that's to be expected in the state with the most SMBs. There are 4.1 million small businesses in CA, and that's more than the total populations of 22 states.https://www.thesimpledollar.com/make-mo ... usinesses/
2. Yes the violent crime rate went up last year, but that is relative to trends in recent years and is still far below the peaks of the early 1980s and 1990s. And it's not a partisan thing either - as the former was under a Dem governor, and the latter under successive GOP governors.
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3. The business 'exodus' has been talked about for years but is mostly pushed by political media trying to maintain a narrative. The CA economy is large and complex, there will always be shifts in who is departing and arriving. That is nothing new really. As costs have risen, so has the price for not having a good business plan or for the individual, marketable skills.https://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/28/w ... -creation/
Particularly during the pandemic there was much media attention on departures by Elon Musk and Peter Thiel. But that only reflects that some of the companies leaving do so because their executives want to benefit personally from lower taxation. What you didn't see much media attention on is that venture funding has increased
in Silicon Valley since 2020 relative to the rest of the country. For anyone starting an innovation business, we are still the place to be.Venture capital had a record year in 2020, and the lion’s share of investments remained in California. That pattern continues into this year: Of the $69 billion that US-based venture funds invested in startups in the first quarter of 2021, more than $25 billion—over a third—landed in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, according to the latest Pitchbook data. That amount is greater than the next three cities—New York, Boston, and Los Angeles—combined, and more than 30 times the investments in cities like Austin...
...So far in 2021, California startups continue to collect the biggest investments. Of the largest 25 early-stage deals in Pitchbook’s Q1 data set, 12 were completed in the state. Of the 10 biggest deals, half were based in California. And the size of these deals are getting bigger and bigger. In the first few months of 2021, there were three times as many “mega-rounds,” or rounds over $100 million, as the same quarter last year.https://www.wired.com/story/silicon-val ... e-capital/
4. As for homelessness there is a whole thread on that. I would just say that CA is a place where the effects of capitalism are strong, good and bad. Capitalism is great for those who keep up, and it's terrible for those who are left behind. Homelessness has been a significant part of American life since the 1930s, and has either party solved it? No. This reflects our culture as a country more than anything. We are primarily a culture of 'looking out for #1' - people see problems like the homeless, but they think 'that's not mine to fix' or 'that's what churches are for'. Enough people think that way and the tumor can really grow. We have never reconciled this mindset in the face of capitalism.