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Old 08-18-2008, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Grants Pass has tons. Especially this summer I've been seeing SO many California plates. I'll be sitting at a stop light and be surrounded by cars from California. It's ridiculous. There's so many that they can't all be accounted for as traffic from Crescent City and vacationers coming through or stopping by on the way further north on the 5.
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:27 PM
 
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We moved from California but love Oregon for what it is. We aren't trying to change the place at all. If anything, I think the state should have a sales tax and lower the tax rate on wages. It would help the working people while getting some money from all of us retirees. We don't pay much beyond property taxes. It would be fairer than how it is now, although I'm not an activist for this change. Most native Oregonians blanch at the thought of a sales tax. If that's how they like it, then that's good enough for me.
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Old 06-04-2009, 06:08 PM
 
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Now with California having unprecedented fiscal difficulties, once again, new waves of refugee migration will likely be coming to Oregon, after the next phases of up coming economic meltdown declines. There are concerns that the Oregon infrastructure, already overloaded in certain areas, will not be able to handle the new waves of influxes.
The new migrations will be in search of work and will be less affluent than past migrations. Already our "pretty" City of Portland is experiencing unprecedented higher unemployment than the surrounding rural areas of the state, possibly due to artificial City management policies against manufacturing and dirty businesses and in favor of "pretty" businesses such as boutiques, salons, Art shops, theaters, movie production, clothing and other consumption and entertainment sectors. These vulnerable service jobs and associated bohemian lifestyles have been the first to be effected by economic declines.

Portland-area unemployment exceeds state average
by Richard Read, The Oregonian
Tuesday May 26, 2009, 9:09 PM
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/05/portland_area_unemployment_exc_1.html (broken link)

During the last century California grew significantly with the westward migrations of the Great Depression. Today, as this Depression deepens, Californians, their backs against the Pacific Ocean, look northward for relief, to the visual prettyness of our city and will now remember this as teir own misery index of combined unemployment, high taxes, crime, gangs, road warrior scenarios, infrastructure collapse, rise rapidly over the next year.

Study the collapse in Argentina....we are becoming a third world nation.

The Argentina Crisis of 2001:
[URL]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentine_economic_crisis_(1999-2002[/URL]

The Take (documentary on collapse with Naomi Klein)
[URL]http://market.theworkingworld.org/?action=coopStore&name=thetake]theworkingworld.org[/URL]

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Old 06-04-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Our job situation is pretty dismal now, right along with the rest of the country. Since it's at least as bad as California, I don't really forsee huge numbers of people making the switch.

I did read a laughable article in Moody's about how Oregon will "come of the recession" faster than other areas, due to our "strong high-tech" - apparently people from Moody's haven't been reading the local papers about the tech layoffs. Traditionally, in past recessions including the tech crash, the Portland metro area goes into it a little later and come out of it a lot later (with the rest of the state lagging) than other areas. I can't really see any reason that this time would be any different.
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