By: Ken Alpern, Chair
While my home is still the "Golden
State", it's indeed time to question whether our gold is real or "Fool's
Gold". After all, as its leaders and allied press corps like to
proclaim, our budget is balanced, families are doing better, and our
economy is recovering ... which would be great if it were in any way,
shape or form true.
Those of us born and bred in
California like to believe we're the center of the universe, and that
other states could learn a thing or three from us. We're smart, and the
others are ignorant ... especially if their accent has a twang to it.
I remember growing up with that attitude, and then during my medical
training in other states I discovered to my shock that it was I and my
fellow Californians who were close-minded.
But the reality is that our REAL unemployment rate is 16.7%, not 8.6%, our state's economy is really hurting, and families with children are especially hard-pressed ... and with very little support from our so-called leaders.
Read more and comment at CityWatch.
Alpern chairs The Transit Coalition and is a LA Westside Village Zone
Director and Boardmember of the Mar Vista Community Council. The views
expressed in this article are solely those of Mr. Alpern.