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Old 07-21-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho
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My husband is looking at China Lake. We currently live in Boise, ID, but work isn't great here (or anywhere really, I know). We have two small children, one of which will be ready for school soon, and I'm hoping to go to college. My husband does computer crap for the military (couldn't tell you what) and there are openings for work there. Whether you know anything about China Lake, or just CA in general, please list some Pros/Cons so I can show him what Californians think of it all? I know it doesn't seem so "bad" on the internet, but you get the REAL info by asking locals. Any links to info on China Lake would also be appreciated! HELP!

(As a side note- I HATE the desert. I wouldn't mind being by the coast so much, but China Lake seems like a dead-end).
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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(As a side note- I HATE the desert. I wouldn't mind being by the coast so much, but China Lake seems like a dead-end).
China Lake and it's neighboring town Ridgecrest are in a very dry, often windy, isolated, and hot (in summer) region of California. Some people like it.

The schools there are OK, ranging from 5/10 to around 8/10 on the API ratings.

California School Performance Maps
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:13 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Default China Lake

My brother has lived in China Lake since the 80s and I come to visit once in a while. If you hate the desert, I would suggest that you look elsewhere since Ridgecrest and Edwards AFB and the Naval Weapons Station are smack dab in the middle of the Mojave desert (west of Death Valley).
It's killer hot in the summer and freezing in the winter.
On the positive side, it's fairly close to Owens Lake and Mammoth and the Eastern Sierras if you like outdoorsy activities.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:11 PM
 
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According to the LA Times, all the defense work has kept the area's unemployment rate relatively low, home values are dropping slower than elsewhere and Ridgecrest actually has a budget surplus.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Perfect timing.

Navy weapons unit produces a high-desert boomtown - Los Angeles Times
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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Ridgecrest is hot....very hot and if you hate the desert then you will definitely hate that place.
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:45 AM
 
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My family has owned property and lived in the area for over 50 years. I suggest you look into the Seattle/Tacoma,Wa. area.
I doubt you will like Ridgecrest,Johannesburg,Randsburg,Mohave,Palmdale or Lancaster. They are nothing like where you are from. Hot,Windy,Dusty,Sand storms,Flashfloods and more.
We are moving the last of our desert rat relatives out state this month. Goodbye to bad living and isolation.
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:48 AM
 
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Did I mention the Mohave Green? The deadliest Rattlesnake in America?
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: RSM
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China Lake is home to the largest base in the US Navy
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