It’s no secret that Americans are leaving California in droves: in 2011 the Los Angeles Times reported that more were moving out than in.
In February, the San Jose Mercury-News did a front-page story on a group of tenants who planned to leave en masse to follow their landlord to Colorado. They complained that their expenses were going up and their quality of life was going down, which is a common criticism these days.
Retired engineer Carole Dabak spent 40 years living in San Jose and she packed up a couple months ago for Tennessee. She said she “loved it here” when she first came, but now is disappointed in how California has changed for the worse. “We don’t like it here anymore,” she said. “We don’t like this sanctuary state status and just the politics here.”