posted on Sep, 7 2013 @ 09:54 AM
reply to post by bg_socalif
Agreed to some degree. I think the produce sheds and fields of Yuma have a whole lot more to do with it's life and...currently..death than the USMC.
At least, that was my impression for the years I spent in and out of Yuma, picking up groceries.
I deliberately left out Calexico, Brawley Coachella, Oxnard and the greater Salinas Valley among others because they are almost entirely tied and
resulting from artificial manipulation of water supplies to the agricultural users across the state. Normally, that wouldn't matter as much, except
California happens to...(or USED to anyway) be one of the top suppliers in the world, TO the world for everything green and edible. Politicians have
'dust bowled' a fair part of the Central Valley so badly, Google before/after Earth images are startling. (There are signs, you may have seen, along
both Hwy 99 and I-5 from the Grapevine to damn near Stockton in places saying outright "Congress Created Dust Bowl" in fallow fields cracked by
Anyway... That's a man made calamity and human disaster so I didn't list those.
San Jose, San Fran and Sacto are definitely NOT from Produce alone or anything so simple....and they're among the areas leading the unemployment for
the entire nation.
I don't want to ever come off like I have anything against the STATE of California. Heck. I grew up there and have most of my family still stuck on
the wrong side of that border between the LA basin and Bay Area. The PEOPLE and the LAND is among the best in the world. The State Government?
We called it 'The People's Republic of California' and referred to it as having nothing positive but the state line for everything that came EAST
of it....for good reasons. Sacramento took paradise and turned it into a tax and crime ridden hell.