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Old 07-10-2007, 05:29 PM
 
Location: VA
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The energy and transportation infrastructure in CA is at a breaking point. It is challenged to handle the current population of the State. What will happen as the population goes to 60 million in the next three decades?

Are you concerned about the expected population increase in California's population? Or do you think that it is just part of progress?
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Old 07-10-2007, 05:57 PM
 
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Thankfully I won't be in California to experience it. Its already too far gone for my taste. Who are they going to tax to support everything when 3/4 of the state is working for cash under the table?
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Old 07-10-2007, 06:06 PM
 
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These predictions are just guesstimates based on current influx. I have doubts it'll get that overcrowded seeing as many of the cities in California are already overpopulated. That being said, would anyone really notice any difference? Honestly, in my opinion, these predictions are worst case scenarios.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:02 PM
 
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California is capable of handling 60 Million People,but I don't rely on Demographic Estimates that are so far ahead.

California's Growth is inevitable,but I hope we can set aside more land to remain untouched by development to preserve the natural beauty of this state.

Growth is Positive and it's also Negative,so it all depends on which side of the boat your on.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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California is capable of handling 60 Million People,but I don't rely on Demographic Estimates that are so far ahead.

California's Growth is inevitable,but I hope we can set aside more land to remain untouched by development to preserve the natural beauty of this state.

Growth is Positive and it's also Negative,so it all depends on which side of the boat your on.
If we get our head out of the sand and plan an infrastructure of roads, bridges and public transportation to handle the population, this could be a wonderful place to live. It all comes down to doing smart planning and executing it in a timely manner.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:17 PM
 
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I barely care that it's now at 37 million. Thought it would mean that the US population would have reached 500 million the same time CA hits 60 million. These projections though are silly. It is ridiculously optimistic but the fact is governments are encouraged to make these silly estimates well into the future to drum up support for current policies. A good recent example is the "Tidal Wave II", the wave of students that will crash ashore our universities. Already, enrollment growth has stalled and will begin to dip right about....now because of the college-age population dropping and that the desire of people to go to college has not improved. But it sure did scare up enough people to build multi-billion dollar capital spending spree. You also see that in many local school districts where schools are being closed due to declining enrollment, but not after billions of dollars spent to add capacity to the schools...and close it down.
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:40 PM
 
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Yup that's totally true...Look at places such as Japan,they have over 100 Million People in a landmass smaller than CA,but yet their Country is running efficiently.

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If we get our head out of the sand and plan an infrastructure of roads, bridges and public transportation to handle the population, this could be a wonderful place to live. It all comes down to doing smart planning and executing it in a timely manner.
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Old 07-11-2007, 05:49 AM
 
Location: VA
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Most of the growth is in places that are full. Do you see alot of open land that is not parks in the greater LA and SFO areas?
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Ct Shoreline
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Wether or not you are a believer in predictions or forecasts, there is no doubt that California's population is out of control, with no hope in sight of any slow down. While true that Japan has an extremely large population in a small space, they as a culture are respected for their efficiency and planning - hardly what we can expect from our politicians here in CA. There do not appear to be any real plans, or the funding for that matter, to address our state's problems with regard to infastructure or any other critical issues that plague our state in a very real way. Anyone living here now, particularly in the larger urban areas, already deals on a daily basis with the collateral damage of a state overrun. So, does it matter if the numbers are not exactly as huge as predicted? Not really, IMHO, because we are already so far gone that saving the state in any way that guarantees a quality of life for everyone seems beyond a reasonable expectation. Can one exist here? Certainly. It is the living that is hard. I have lived here my entire life, and have watched the decline with ever increasing sadness and the sense that it is time to get out now.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:51 AM
 
Location: In a house
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I just wouldn't want to live there with that population if there was a disaster...like a big, big earthquake. Could you imagine them trying to evacuate LA? I can't even imagine how bad it would be now! But growth is inevitable. As others have siad there needs to be more roads better to handle the population growth. And I agree that much of this talk is political.
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