We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
1) Onerous building codes and required 'upgrades' if you try to remodel an old home makes building a home or expanding a home expensive.
2) Zoning laws and creating a bunch of environmental laws that are overkill makes building a home or expanding a home expensive
3) Not allowing homes to be built on all of the 'green space' they claim CA needs (drive up 280 from Silicon Valley to SF - miles and miles of rolling hills empty of homes, but 'pretty' so it must stay) makes home expensive.
4) Paying high wages to 'simple' occupations in the state government like lifeguard, etc. and creating unions for everything under the sun, gets rid of competition and reduces job openings across the state.
5) High taxes and low employment figures in many parts of the state have created police departments operating on a shoestring so crime has increased.
6) Lax laws regarding illegal immigrants has increased costs for schools, hospitals, and services while receiving no tax benefit as most work under the table for cash which they ship back to Mexico.
If a state differentially subsidizes poor people, it gets more of them from the other states. And all the newcomers vote to keep the gravy coming. It's unstable positive feedback. Plus in California reconquistado, the living is easy.
As for Los Angeles, they are proceeding on the Brooklyn and Queens 'ization path. They're preparing to rezone and then block-bust large swaths of single family homes in the Valley, and put up a sea of multi-family low income housing dwellings. Building vote farms, vote plantations. If you subsidize poor people, ... The city fathers have to do this. Expensive housing drives away their voter base.