For John, BLUF: California had everything, and then squandered it by not investing in the future. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Politochicks, 20 May 2019.
Here is a letter to the Governor of California, trying to explain what is wrong.
This OpEd in today's New York Times, "America’s Cities Are Unlivable. Blame Wealthy Liberals." helps explain the problem.
I was a resident of California from 1956 until 1994, and the best years were the 1950s and 1960s. Proposition 13, in 1978, was a definite problem.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff