I'm a native Californian, but it makes me sad to say that. This state is the most constantly bad, and least tolerant of the states I've lived in or visited. It's kind of a "how not to" on how to govern, mind your own business, or help those less fortunate. Cali usually ranks dead last on Quality of Life metrics according to U.S. News and world report. I'm not sure about that -- if you're rich, it's pretty nice. But if you're struggling and have a family, it's harsh. Their progressivism has made it one of the hardest states to get ahead in.
Having lived all over the nation, the Bay Area is the least tolerant place I've lived.
Tolerance being how you treat people you disagree with -- so the way they treat cigarette smokers (but not marajuana), the military, fast food restaurants, those that disagree with them on any topic by calling everyone racist, sexist, homophobes, that's how much tolerance they have. The collectivist credo: demand conformity, bitch when you don't get it, henpeck anyone who disagrees, then blame the other side for not being tolerant enough of your ideas (if they complain), while being completely intolerance to theirs. Cuba, Venezuela, the Bay Area? The differences are just in the degree.
Examples of Intolerance
Here's a light sampling of some of the things that makes California of the least tolerant places that I've lived or visited:24 items
- 2018 Califascism = 800 new laws - Every law is the point where someone is saying, "do this, or else". Californians thought of >800 new laws, like Sanctuary State (you can't report criminals to the fed, if they're here illegally) (SB54), they made it illegal to ask what someone made at their last job (AB168), $225 fine for refinancing your home loan (SB2), more voter fraud with mail-in ballots (SB450), a fence around your pool isn't good enough (SB442), 12 weeks of paid parental leave (SB63), and you must wear your seatbelt while riding the bus (SB20). Without government, how would we get by?
- 2019 Califascism = 1,000 new laws - Every law is the point where someone is saying, "if you do X, I will have these goons rob you, take your liberty, or kill you if you resist". Californians thought of 1,000 new laws, and a handful weren't bad -- the other 98% gave the good ones a bad name.
- 2019.07.18 Degenderize Berkeley - As a giant waste of money, and to show intolerance for all those who disagree with the left, Berkeley decided to "degenderize" the city; doing such important things as replacing terms like 'Manhole' and 'Ombudsman' with personhole and ombudsperson (respectively). With the far left, common sense isn't common. Man is short for mankind not male, and like it or not, English is a gendered language. You can't erase a lifetime (or centuries) of language, and just re-invent it every time it doesn't fit the latest leftist political fad. And what do you do when people don't go along? Let the beatings commence in the name of tolerance! Trying to make her=them and black=white makes the language less precise (it removes information) and it is awkward in far more examples than it helps. But it makes intolerance SJW's feel better about their cause: intolerance. The purpose of this is to draw attention to anyone who doesn't go along with the charade, so they can be bullied. Never forget the purpose is not inclusion, it is exclusion.
- Arizona SB-1070 - In 2010 the Obama Administration was violating immigration law, the Constitution, and the oath of office, by ignoring or being lax on immigration. So Arizona passed a law that said they should enforce federal law (that the Obama administration wouldn't), called SB-1070. Democrats and Californian's lost their nut... how dare a state enforce federal law, they said. They called it racist, sexist, xenophovic and homophobic, along with other words they obviously don't know the meaning of.... only California had the same law on their books.
- Breaking Bad: California vs. the Other States - Here’s a depressing but documented comparison of California's taxes, economic and business climate.
- California Coastal Commission - The CCC is what happens when community organizers run development planning: they "To protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the environment of the California coastline" by obstructing development and improvement of one of our countries great resources, saving it from humanity and the usefulness it might have to individuals or our country. Good for the locals who don't want to share. Bad for everyone who isn't already there. It's what tolerance looks like in California.
- California Guns - A few coastal Californians are ignorant of guns, and thus hate them, and if they don't like/want them, then nobody can have them. They will use any technique to harass legal gun owners, and violate the second amendment, lose in court, then imagine up new (and impossible or expensive to comply with) laws to harass the gun owners -- knowing it'll take 5-10 years to get that bad law repealed. In the name of tolerance, and carrying the false flag of "reasonable" gun laws. Their idea of reasonable gun laws include:
- They invented a "roster" of approved guns, to charge gun makers exorbitant fees (to get and stay on), it requires custom versions that offer no added value, and every minor variant requires re-qualification (even changing the color). The results of the roster were many guns (newer, better and safer) couldn't be easily gotten, unless you were law enforcement (or given to you by your parent/child). Which means Californians can get off-roster guns, from cops acting as gun runners for a 50%+ premium
- Microstamping - since some guns were still compliant with the roster, California added a new impossible to comply with requirement that you had to add tiny (easily defeat-able) serial numbers on the firing pins, to stamp every bullet casing. Even revolvers (which don't eject shells). The technology to do this doesn't exist, and the California Supreme Court ruled, "the inability to comply with the law is no excuse to repeal it". Seriously. That's California in a hypo-allergenic nutshell. The result? No pistols has been added to the roster since 2013, and these kinds of legislative gymnastics are not considered to be hampering the rights of gun owners? If you tried to put 1/10th those restrictions on illegal immigrants voting or getting taxpayer subsidies (welfare), and Californians would scream bloody murder about suppression.
- They tried to outlaw lead ammo, to drive up costs -- but that was ruled against.
- So they require a background check to get ammo: which made a black market for running it from other states.
- They say you can't have gun shops, or own/carry a gun, within 1500' or within sight of a school.
- They re-label standard pistols carried by cops and civilians as an assault weapons (more than 9 rounds).
- You can't transport a weapon legally, if your car has fold-down seats, since that means the gun is accessible from the drivers compartment.
- If you have the magazine loaded in the glovebox, and the gun locked in the trunk, it's considered a loaded gun, because the magazine is a piece of the gun, and it has bullets in it.
- California Gunpocolypse - In 2016, California passed many gun-grabbers dream laws: phased in tyranny over the next couple years. If you want to know why gun advocates have a problem with "reasonable" gun laws, you have to look no further than California, and their legislators versions of "reasonable". Not one of these new laws will help in shooting or mass shootings in any way, or gun safety, they only show raw, naked contempt for gun owners and the second amendment, in ways that will hurt the innocent, waste millions of dollars in legal fights, and eventually lose. But that doesn't slow them down from passing them. And that's why the NRA exists, and informed gun owners have contempt for what sounds reasonable to the uninformed.
- California Resistance - Hillary Clinton was a rape facilitator, who attacked victims of sexual assault, was the most corrupt Candidate in my lifetime, got caught colluding with the Russians, and the Media, to rig an election, her campaign was paying people to assault the other candidates supporters, broke out national security laws and was let off by a corrupt FBI (claiming she was too incompetent to be held accountable), and was a divisive shrew. None of that matters, to them. Instead of having the good grace or manners to shut up and accept the loss, or recognize the flaws in their candidate (or policies), they lead a "resist" movement, to resist Democracy when they don't get their way. They'll belittle, demean and attack (verbally or physically) anyone that disagrees with them, in the name of tolerance. California is where, "Punch a Nazi in the face!" meets "everyone I don't like is Hitler!".
- California Tax Priority - California doesn't have a highway shortfall -- from 1984-2012, the capital spending for roads and bridges rose nearly three times the inflation rate. What happens is that to little of the money spent is spent on the right thing or in the right way. About 20% of all monies from the highway trust fund were diverted to finance pet projects that have nothing to do with road maintenance (mass transit, bike paths, high speed rail, and so on), which are used by less than 5% of the population. So they raise gas taxes to make up for the fact that they can't manage their money well, and gullible voters buy in. Things like that are why California is such an expensive state to live in.
- California Tax Tyranny - California had a problem with fascists tax-and-spend progressives -- so the public rebelled and made it required that politicians could only do major tax increases via the will of the people (they had to referendum things), and that these required supermajority (2/3rds) and not a simple majority. Since the state is run by Democrats (statists), they appointed enough statist (leftist) Judges to just ignore the law as written, and make court rulings saying that a supermajority wasn't necessary any more if the tax was initiated by a special interest instead of by the government itself. Since the left collaborates between their special interest and their legislators, this is a distinction without a difference and guarantees the people be burdened more without the process they are due.
- California and CCW - California, or at least many counties in it, ignore the spirit and letter or the law with impunity. They pick who can get a CCW based on their political contributions, and not the worthiness of the application. The State Legislature will do nothing about this. They've lost and fought lawsuits over it, and don't seem to care about the rights of their civilians.
- Hunting is conservation - Places that allow hunting have a vested (financial) interest in protecting wildlife, and the hunting licenses pay for that protection. In one of those not-shocking unintended consequences: hunters care about the outdoors, and pay a ton for access to forests and the tasty animals they take out. For licensing and through taxes/fees, they end up subsidizing state and national parks (according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, they pay for most). So places like California (and their intolerance towards guns and hunters), undercuts the public lands (State/National Parks) that their environmental extremists claim to love. Which shows they're either ignorant, or they just love telling other people what to do more than they care about the environment.
- Jesus Fucking Christ - There was a comment that Democrats are "learning" to hate God, and that's a danger to them both morally and politically. But it's much worse than that. The party of identity politics (that divides us for votes) has not come to this behavior recently. They decided long ago, that if the establishment believes X, it must be wrong (unless they're the establishment). And the other side is worthy of contempt and mocking, while proclaiming their sides superior tolerance, political correctness and respect. And nothing demonstrates this more than the Hunky Jesus Contest.
- Plastic Bag Bans - Plastic Bag Bans are Anti-Science so the left loves them. Here's what we know: paper bags are worse, many people just buy their own plastic bags (which are thicker and worse), and if you replace plastic bags with cloth bags, then you increase diseases/illness (it is shown that food born illnesses went up after bag bans). It takes between 131 - 20,000 uses of cloth bags before you hit environemntal break-even on a single cloth bag (double that if you recycle them). But to reduce disease, you're supposed to wash them after every use: which means that they use more energy than plastic, and die after ≈50 washes so can never hit environmental break-even. So going to reusable bags is bad for the environment, it's bad for people (sickness), and it's bad for liberty: which is why the left loves it so. It teaches conformity over common sense.
- Redacted High School - In San Francisco's George Washington High School, the board voted to remove the mural of their namesake, painted in 1936 by artist Victor Arnautoff (Trotskyite), because it was visually offensive. The 80 year old mural has survived great earthquakes, riots, vagrants, and all the other natural disasters, but it can't stand up to the California Taliban which finds the historical image of George Washington at Mt. Vernon (with slaves), too historically accurate for them to bare. And because it is SF, it is going to cost upwards of $825,000 to put paint to roller... after getting the required environmental impact studies. In California, spending money on teaching kids takes a back seat to political correctness and revising history.
- Sanctuary City - A sanctuary city is the idea that if someone an illegal alien and they commit many felonies (some violent), the state will not inform the Federal Government that they're in custody, and will release them into the public to avoid them getting rounded up by ICE. So it is a sanctuary for criminal illegal aliens. The state reports Americans who commit crimes to the Fed. California took it a step further and made it a State Law, which lead to a Sanctuary State Backlash : where cities are suing the state to follow federal law, and California taxpayers have to pay both sides lawyers to fight.
- Smoking -
- Stem Cell Research - 2001 medical ethicists had looked at fetal stem cell research (from fetus's) and decided that using already harvested fetal strains (60 of them) was not furthering harm, but harvesting future embryos was more ethically questionable. They also predicted we were running into limits of value with this research, so it was unneeded. George Bush was the first President to allow the fed to fund fetal stem cell research, based on those ethical guidelines. The left went nuts, ignored the science, made this into a wedge issue (like they do for abortion). Since California saw no problem with harvesting humans for their cellular material (humans are the property of the state), they passed prop 71 to force taxpayers to subsidize the killing and harvesting of babies for research: fuck religious liberty. Within a few years researchers had get stem cells that not only didn't have the moral issues, but were cheaper and better, and most breakthru's in stem cell research have come from outside California's abortion harvesting efforts. But California taxpayers are still on the hook to subsidize this inferior research, because Fuck Bush, Fuck Christian Values, and Fuck Ethics! That's why!
- Straw Bans - Few things demonstrate ignorance based virtue signaling, with counter-productive consequences like Straw Bans. So naturally places like California are leading the charge (SF is even banning cocktail sticks): this is Anti-Science. Remember the basics: 10 rivers (8 in Asia, the other 2 in Africa) are responsible for 95% of the plastic pollution in the Oceans. 5% is split between the continents of Europe, North America, South America, and Australia. Brazil is the worst country among the rest (the U.S. is 20th). Straws in the U.S., with high estimates is something like 0.002% of the problem. So if straws were 100 times bigger problem in the U.S. than they actually are, it would still round to 0 and statistically irrelevant. So virtue signaling is not only distracting from bigger problems, it teaches contempt for the law.
- Travel Bans - 🙄 Californians try to bully places and show they're the biggest hypocrites with travel ban. So while oral sex is still outlawed in many cities in California (like SF), they issue laws like [AB 1887] (or a travel ban) to states that have lesser laws against LGBTQ or religious liberty that they don't like. In the mean time, they don't have travel bans to countries that have torture or capital punishment for LGBTQ's, or the religion that fosters those laws (Islam). I'd ask them if Texas should ban travel to California because of their unconstitutional persecution of gun owners, their racist position on affirmative action in college admittance, or their violation of federal immigration laws (Sanctuary State)? But the preachy hypocrites just get apoplectic if anyone reflects their moral righteousness back at them.
- UCSC to destroy liberty bells - University of California, Santa Cruz will remove a major historical artifact from campus. The El Camino Mission Bells were put there in 1906 to highlight the path of the 21 California Missions, and the “Spanish Mission” bells that were used between 1769 and 1833, were one of the anchors. Of course some of the California Taliban crybullied the UC system into removing them because history hurts their feelings. In California, spending money on teaching kids takes a back seat to political correctness and altering history.
- Unlicensed Popcorn - If it wasn't for California Government, who would protect you from unsanctioned popcorn? Seriously, they harassed a local hardware store for offering free popcorn for 25 years. That's what California spends their tax dollars and police resources on.
Examples of Incompetence
Being incompetent is bad. Being incompetent and sanctimonious about it, is worse. So I don't mind some of their mistakes (some drive me nuts), but combine it with lecturing the world on how they are better, while they're actually worse? And that's a lot of bullshit for a single mouthful. Here's a light sampling of some of the things that makes California one of the most short-bus special places that I've lived or visited:11 items
- Sanctuary State Backlash - Californians (who supported this), lost their right to ever complain about state overreach again. California arrogantly tried to proclaim that federal immigration law, doesn't apply to them -- and anyone in the state that complies with the federal law, will be victimized by the government of the state.
- San Francisco: Parking Signs - In typical California (Bay Area) fashion, if there's a right way and wrong way to do something, they'll inevitably figure out a new and even more wrong way to do something. Take parking signs (next to the Train Station) for examples of how they want to kill people, and do things in the least intelligent way possible.
- Lie of Averages - OK. Here's what I call "the lie of averages". It's a math trick often used by politicians (most of the left ones) to delude their followers, into thinking something is the opposite of what it is. For example they claim California taxes are lower than other places in rate, when in dollars it is far more. Or they'll claim administration costs on Medicare is lower than private healthcare, because as a percentage it is - but only because the payouts per case are so much greater: in dollars per case handled, they're far worse.
- High Speed Rail - The answer for every program is "compared to what?".... you could do all these other thing: desalinated clean water, more sewage treatment, much more clean energy, and 3,000 miles of more lanes and 9,000 miles of resurfacing.... or a high speed rail that few will use. Which sounds better? So it's not that I don't like the idea of High Speed Rail, it's just my brain won't let me stop comparing how much good I could do with the money, if we didn't waste it on this boondoggle.
- California Wildfires - While there's no single cause for more/bigger/fires, there are many cumulative ones. Virtually all of them made California worse by adopting Green/Democrat/Left policies like restricting logging results in more forrest being burned: unintended consequences. The folks decided to do anything in the name of "environmentalism", while more reasonable people warned them that their policies would result in bigger wildfires. Now that reaped those consequences, instead of owning their mistakes, and learning, they want to blame: (a) Global Warming (b) Trump (for insensitively repeating what their own reports said) (c) make excuses like "we don't technically own all the land we manage/regulate" (d) spend 10x as much on electric car subsidies (or 100x as much on trains), as clearing dead trees. It's one thing to be foolish, it's another thing to do it with a megaphone.
- California Water Crisis - Understanding California's fake water drought. It had nothing to do with rain, and everything to do with the failure of government. California captures 1% of the water, then since 2007 flushes 46% of that into the ocean for "environmental purposes" (a baitfish the delta smelt), 43% goes to farming, 11% goes to urban areas. Whenever there's a problem they raise the cost of water and punish the 11%: because that's where the money is.
- California Notary - My wife spent like $500 (and a few days in class) getting her notary, only to be blocked by the County Recorder, for no good reason, because that's what Bureaucrats do in California.
- 2019.02.08 San Rafael Bridge Care - The San Rafael Bridge in the Bay Area is literally falling apart (large chunks of concrete falling on the deck below), most likely due to a bad retrofit. In the mean time, they're spending $50M on a dedicated bike lane, and giving up a lane (shoulder), for a 5.5 mile long bridge that would be more like 10 miles to get from anywhere to anywhere else -- in a windy stretch that no one wants to ride (or spend 3 hours walking) anyways. They keep punishing drivers for non-existent riders/pedestrians, so that they can increase traffic problems, and ask for more money to fix it.
- 2017.10.06 Knowingly exposing someone to HIV is not a crime - Because they didn't want gays to feel bad about having HIV, they de-criminalized knowingly hiding that you have it and exposing others (by hiding it from a partner and going raw dog, or donating blood/tissue). (SB 239)
- 2016.09.19 Reduce Cow Farts - While there's no method to control how much cows fart, California passed a law (SB 1383) that requires farmers to do exactly that (by 40%). Virtue signaling stupidity: you must do something, for a short term pollutant that has no real impact to anyone more than 10' away.
- GDPR - Europe hates tech companies and tolerance. So the EU passed a poorly written law that tries to protect consumer privacy in all the wrong ways, by draconian punishments on a hard deadline, called GDPR. Since it was implemented by Europe, big tech companies were all complying with it, in both the U.S. and abroad: single standard. So now that it was completely not-needed, California passed an equally poorly written variant for just California, to irritate everyone. This could have been implemented well, but that's not how they did it. 
- Illegal to hunt whales from a moving car - So it is OK from a parked car? And I don't know about you, but I haven't seen many whales from a car -- whales live in the Ocean, cars drive on land! This is what the California tolerance looks like.
- It is a crime (punishable by $500 fine and 6 months in prison) to set off a Nuclear device within city limits. I feel much better knowing that.
Some people claim that California is "leading the nation". On some issues they try -- but sometimes I don't want to follow.
Others claim that California is more "Liberal". I find it ironic that the nation finds California "liberal", when about some things California the biggest bunch of politically-correct, intollerant, goose stepping brown shirts I've ever met. Liberal means tolerant towards those you disagree with, and no state is less tolerant of others views than California. Of course, not all laws in California are bad -- and niether is all of California. Californians are tollerant of a lot of things. But I think that when people think of California as the left-coast, or as Liberal, they might want to think about what that means, because I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean what they think it does.