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Unread 07-17-2012, 10:32 PM
 
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Default Any liberal areas around Redding?

Hello, I am accepting a job transfer to Redding, California and would appreciate some advice on where to live in the surrounding area. We are a family of three, with one 10 year old entering 4th grade. Schools are very important to us. I spent most of my life in a snow state, so I am not afraid or put off by cooler temps or snow in the foothills. Are there any liberal pockets tucked away anywhere within commuting distance to Redding?

We are a very active, outdoorsy, vegetarian family and love to backpack, kayak, canoe ect. so I am hoping I will like the outdoors aspect of living in the area. Ideally, I'd like somewhere within 45 minutes of Redding with good schools, liberal minded people, low crime, and easy access to trails or outdoor recreation.

Thank you!
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Unread 07-17-2012, 10:43 PM
 
Location: The Other California
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Not that I know of. Redding itself is probably the best you'll do. Palo Cedro must have a few wealthly liberals. Weaverville to the west and Mt. Shasta to the north are probably what you're looking for, but they're out of Redding's immediate orbit.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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There really aren't any. Shasta County is the most solidly Republican voting place in the state. In the last Presidential election they had a percentage voting Republican as high as Utah, Oklahoma and Wyoming. That said, people in California north of Sacramento are very much live and let live and you will be able to find like minded people in that area. Lots of them.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 01:22 AM
 
Location: The Other California
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There really aren't any. Shasta County is the most solidly Republican voting place in the state. In the last Presidential election they had a percentage voting Republican as high as Utah, Oklahoma and Wyoming. That said, people in California north of Sacramento are very much live and let live and you will be able to find like minded people in that area. Lots of them.
To the OP: What BeauCharles said. You won't be harassed or anything. Even your political yard signs are safe. The Redding area is known for both evangelical Christianity and libertarianism. Neither of these groups will be hostile towards you (unless you have a really big chip on your shoulder). Just don't expect to share their beans and barbecue.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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you are not going to find a lot of liberals wandering around the Redding area, but you certainly might find vegetarians. Believe it or not there are a lot of vegetarain Republicans and Republicans that enjoy backpacking, hicking, fishing and other outdoor activities. As long as you do not find flaunting your liberalism is the way to go, you will be fine. No matter where you live, you can always find others that share your views. You just have to look around a little more.

Good luck, Redding is a wonderful little town or I guess city.

Nita
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Unread 07-18-2012, 06:36 AM
 
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Thank you all very much for the advice. I was afraid I would get the answer you've given! I guess I will just have to do my best to adjust. I am kind of narrowing in on the Trinity area, it looks like its at least more of a split population there. I actually don't want to live in Redding itself because the sex offender thing freaks me out way too much having a 10 year old daughter. I like the idea of being set apart a little and I have read a few posts that mention Trinity and Weaverville or the area around Whiskey Lake as being really nice. Any advice on any particular schools out there? Thanks
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Unread 07-18-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Knightsbridge
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I am curious: What, exactly, are you terrified of that people who vote Republican will be like?

I do not live in the United States, but from what news has managed to get out of the US, everyone who votes Republican is either a power-mad oil baron or an uneducated rube, while anyone who votes Democrat is either Joseph Stalin or lazy and shiftless.

Having met many a pleasant American, I suspect this balkanization in American politics doesn't have much basis in fact.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 07:09 AM
 
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had a percentage voting Republican as high as Utah,
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Unread 07-18-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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I am curious: What, exactly, are you terrified of that people who vote Republican will be like?

I do not live in the United States, but from what news has managed to get out of the US, everyone who votes Republican is either a power-mad oil baron or an uneducated rube, while anyone who votes Democrat is either Joseph Stalin or lazy and shiftless.

Having met many a pleasant American, I suspect this balkanization in American politics doesn't have much basis in fact.
It's not really a matter of them being bad people, I have a lot of Christian Republican family members and I love them dearly. It's just a matter of feeling comfortable around like minded people and a "home" feeling. I don't like guns, or hunting, I'm an atheist and a huge supporter of Obama. I abhor racism and/or sexism. It would be nice not to have to hold my tongue whenever certain topics came up, and just be able to find people who you relate to and live in a community that shares your values.
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Unread 07-18-2012, 07:29 AM
 
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I am curious: What, exactly, are you terrified of that people who vote Republican will be like?

I do not live in the United States, but from what news has managed to get out of the US, everyone who votes Republican is either a power-mad oil baron or an uneducated rube, while anyone who votes Democrat is either Joseph Stalin or lazy and shiftless.

Having met many a pleasant American, I suspect this balkanization in American politics doesn't have much basis in fact.
You have received news from behind the wall of capitalist secrecy?! Do tell!
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