“Perhaps the best illustration of discontent has been the massive domestic outmigration. Since 2000, the state has lost nearly 2.7million net domestic migrants, a population larger than that of the cities of San Francisco, San Diego and Anaheim combined. Even before the pandemic, according to the Edelman survey, roughly half of Californians were considering an exit.
Some conservatives see the recall as the leading edge of their battle with progressives. There are certainly signs of rightward movement. Last year voters defeated new tax proposals – which were heartily endorsed by Newsom’s public-union and tech-industry allies – and an affirmative-action measure. Republicans even picked up four Congressional seats.”
Joel Kotkin, “Progressives have ruined California,” Spiked, 8/25/2021.