The mass exodus out of Democrat-controlled California continues unabated, driven in large part by crime, high living costs, corruption, and homelessness.
Even the man of steel can’t take it any more.
Former “Louis and Clark” star and gun-rights activist Dean Cain recently joined the hundreds-of-thousands who have ditched the state over the past three years.
“I love California. It’s the most beautiful state. Everything’s wonderful about it except for the policies,” he told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Wednesday. “The policies are just terrible. The fiscal policies, the soft-on-crime policies, the homelessness policies.”
Fox News Digital reported that Cain listed his Malibu home for $6.25 million in April and hightailed it for Las Vegas, where he reckons his family will be be better off.
Cain said, “I’ve been here for two weeks now, and I can tell you, [it’s a] smart move … my son is ten times happier here in Las Vegas. If I wanted to do anything out of Malibu, it took me 45 minutes to an hour to get anywhere. Here, the longest I’m driving is 20 minutes.”
In addition to a slimmed-down commute, Cain will no longer have to fret about a state income tax because Nevada doesn’t have one.
According to NerdWallet, California, alternatively, has a progressive income tax system with nine tax rates ranging from 1% to 12.3%. The state also inflicts an additional 1% “mental health services tax” on income exceeding $1 million.
To Cain’s enjoyment, Nevada may also end up replacing Hollywood as the headquarters of the film industry — at least if Mark Wahlberg gets his way.
TheBlaze previously reported that Wahlberg, who also left California hoping to give his “kids a better life,” is lobbying lawmakers in Carson City, Nevada, to pass a bill that would inspire the television and film industry to create studios in Las Vegas.
Wahlberg and representatives from Sony Pictures and Howard Hughes Corp. impressed upon Nevadans the benefits of diversifying their economy and reducing reliance on the gaming industry. In his corresponding pitch to filmmakers, Wahlberg referenced Las Vegas’ affordable housing, community-minded neighborhoods, and less frenzied living.
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— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) June 10, 2023
Wahlberg put his 12-bedroom, 20-bathroom Los Angeles mansion on the market for $87.5. million in April 2022.
According to the Los Angeles Times, it sold for $55 million in February.
“Obviously, Mark Wahlberg is a huge star and drives a huge number of dollars to the films that he does. Bless him for it. I think he’s done something very smart for his family,” said Cain. “Mark did a smart thing, and, hopefully, I believe I’ve done a very, very smart thing.”
The two actors are among roughly 343,000 people who have left the state to elsewhere in the country since 2020, reported KTLA.
Los Angeles County alone saw a population decline of over 90,000 between July 2021 and July 2022.
The Public Policy Institute of California indicated that from 2010 through 2021, roughly 7.7 million people fled California to other states, whereas only 5.8 million people moved from elsewhere in the nation to California.
The Los Angeles Times reported that “low and middle-income Californians are most likely to leave. Those who move here tend to have higher incomes and more education, underscoring the state’s affordability challenges.”
While affordability is a big component, so is crime and homelessness.
Several of the state’s major cities are ridden with both violent and property crimes.
San Francisco scores 2 on Neighborhood Scout’s crime index, whereby 100 is regarded safest. The chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime or a property crime are 1 in 186 and 1 in 20, respectively.
Los Angeles ranks 9 on the index, but the likelihood of becoming a victim of a violent crime is much higher, at 1 in 135.
Sacramento, where the odds of becoming victim of a property crime is 1 in 31 and the odds of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 148, ranks 6.
California’s streets are not only home to crime but to hundreds of thousands of people.
There were over 69,000 homeless in Los Angeles as of September 2022. According to McKinsey, on any given night, there are approximately 38,000 homeless individuals in the Bay Area. A federally required headcount in February 2022 found that there were nearly 10,000 homeless on the streets of Sacramento.
“The things that our leaders in California have been doing have driven out anybody who can really afford to get out. People are flocking out of there in droves,” said Cain.
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