California demands new management – Santa Barbara News-Press

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Former CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder said he was amazed to see the drop of Paseo Nuevo, where anchor outlets these as Macy’s have shut.

I just lately analyzed writer Thomas Wolfe’s well-known expression: “You Simply cannot Go Property All over again.” 

Of system, Wolfe’s point was that if you try to return to a area you bear in mind, it will be different than you remember. My return stop by to Santa Barbara previous thirty day period strikingly confirmed the accuracy of that statement ­­ — and the worth of the impending election to remember Gov. Gavin Newsom.

My wife Dee and I bought a dwelling in Montecito in 1997 and marketed it in 2017. We moved to Nashville, which has become house to an expatriate neighborhood of previous Californians — most of whom fled since of the ever more oppressive political dominance of California’s leftist unions and the blatant vanity of its all far too safe elected elites. 

For us, the move was fortuitous as our former residence was wrecked in the 2018 flood. The good news is, the new house owners were being not dwelling at the time. 

But our previous homesite is now a four-acre subject, and viewing it elicits an eerie perception of unease. Substantially to my surprise, I had a related sensation when viewing downtown Santa Barbara.

Standing on State Street, I felt as if I were being in a scene for the traditional film “It’s a Wonderful Lifestyle.” I experienced left Bedford Falls and returned to come across Pottersville. All proper, I know Santa Barbara is not a den of sin and villainy, the place prostitutes freely roam the streets. But it is considerably unique than the put I remaining.

The little stores we applied to recurrent together Point out Avenue have been boarded up. Paseo Nuevo, as soon as bustling with activity, was bustling no a lot more. Anchor tenants Nordstrom’s and Macy’s ended up gone. 

Down the street, Saks 5th Avenue was shut, and the Borders bookstore was now a Marshalls’ price reduction apparel retail outlet.

Point out Road by itself was blocked off touring north/south so places to eat could develop their seating into the avenue throughout the pandemic. A great prospect to get edge of probably the most agreeable climate on Earth. It had a pleasant really feel, apart from for the standard dirtiness and the scattered teams of homeless people. 

Homelessness has turn into endemic in California, and you can not aid but come to feel sorry for these persons, quite a few of whom obviously have major psychological well being issues. But there was an fundamental aggressiveness or hostility about them that aroused thoughts of each sympathy and anxiety.

So I experienced a challenging time acquiring mates to dine downtown. 

Absolutely everyone wanted to eat in close by Montecito. Often a sleepy but very affluent town, Montecito is sleepy no far more. It is a scene. All of West Los Angeles looks to have migrated to my former hometown. The street was packed with luxurious autos. The restaurants (which are admittedly terrific) were being also packed. 

Maybe it is the allure of remaining in the presence of elites like Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry and her Royal Highness Meagan Markle, but Montecito is aglow with status and prosperity —far additional than in the current previous.

The decrease in downtown Santa Barbara and the ostentatious affluence in Montecito are emblematic of a developing and quite disconcerting issue. Ever more, there are two Californias, a person of intense poverty and 1 of serious prosperity. 

The Census Bureau noted in September that California experienced the best level of purposeful poverty in the U.S. California also has the next-greatest homelessness charge in the nation according to the nonprofit Public Plan Institute of California.

But California is not all about poverty. It’s also the wealthiest condition in the nation. Regretably and perhaps not remarkably, great prosperity put together with good poverty, has generated the nation’s fourth best stage of earnings inequality.

This is a end result of undesirable plan and a long time of arrogant unchallenged political management. The incredibly progressive insurance policies Californians have been advised for decades would lower poverty and homelessness have experienced the reverse impact.

You can’t overtax and overregulate employers devoid of placing a after thriving functioning- and middle-class economic system on the brink of collapse. You simply cannot make it practically impossible to make new housing with overly restrictive zoning, oppressive environmental specifications and excessive building service fees devoid of restricting the housing supply and driving selling prices further than achieve for even the middle course. Gov. Newsom’s tyrannical economic lockdowns exacerbated the fundamental difficulties.

Therefore, the importance of that forthcoming remember election. On Sept. 14, voters will have an chance to get started reversing California’s drop, and there is a prospect who could make a change – Larry Elder.

Regarded as “the Sage from South Central,” Mr. Elder is an Los Angeles indigenous from a minority doing work course family, who grew to become a law firm, creator, filmmaker and nationally syndicated radio host. 

Mr. Elder is in the remember election since he believes “Californians can link the dots in between (Gov. Newsom’s) extremist policies and failing educational facilities, brown outs, violent crime, deadlier ‘fire seasons,’ homelessness, corporations leaving the state and getting positions with them, and the growing value of dwelling.” 

His concepts about instruction, crime and the financial system are targeted on individual initiative, social obligation and reviving California’s performing and middle classes. 

Gov. Newsom and his elitist cronies have been a catastrophe for California. Californians are entitled to very good paying careers, reasonably priced housing and a shot at a much better long run. It’s evidently time for a alter. 

As Mr. Elder suggests,  “Join me. We have obtained a point out to save.”

Andy Puzder is a previous Montecito resident and the former CEO of CKE Places to eat, the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.