There is a large Asian community from the Chinese ancestors working on the railroads. When people think of California, they think of Los Angeles and Hollywood, where stars are made. That's what I think of as well first.
Storm, less severe than advertised, still brings snow and hail
The record low temperatures forecast for San Diego never materialized, but the weekend storm didn't disappoint fans of snow and hail - or the mountain resort towns that welcome them. Backcountry merchants were bracing for an onslaught of business today as road conditions improve and temperatures climb closer to normal. Ref. Source 5
The Official Outdoor Play of the State of California is "Ramona." From Wikipedia:
Despite the problems, San Diegans like California
Despite a tough economy and job market, most San Diegans think California is a fine place to live. They also tend to have a better view of California than the statewide average. One out of three San Diegans rate California as "excellent," compared to one out of four Californians. Ref. Source 4
Calif. Lawmakers close deficit on rosy projections
Exercising their new majority-vote authority, California Democrats on Tuesday closed the remainder of what had been a gaping budget deficit by relying on a combination of deep spending cuts, optimistic revenue projections and new fees that are sure to be challenged in court. Ref. Source 9
California crushes small businesses with tax hike
The Governor called it a 'common sense' move -- maybe to a Hollywood liberal, but to everyone else? Not so much. Amazon.com immediately ended their arrangement with 25,000 California websites - which surely will help business in the state. Ref. Source 6
I think that's all kind of ridiculous. It's sales tax, which California businesses*all* have to collect and pay. The customer pays it, not the business. And he doesn't mention that the sales tax rate is dropping 1% effective on July 1.
What is annoying is that consumers and businesses also have to pay what California calls "Use Tax" - if we buy anything from out of state or on the Internet and don't pay California sales tax, Cali wants to collect it anyway by imposing the same rate of tax because we will "use" the product in Cali. We are supposed to pay this voluntarily. But since most people don't, the state is enforcing this on businesses by requiring them to file a Use Tax Return every year and report their purchases and pay the tax. Ridiculous.
A pause from California to share caption from yesteryear:
Today is: 24th September (GMT), in history on the 24th of September, 1990 AD the following event happened:
West German President Richard von Weizsaecker signs reunification treaty