Guest essay by Stephen Frank
Los Angeles, run by Leftists Democrats for a generation, Santa Cruz, run by totalitarian Democrats and Santa Barbara—known for turning down one billion dollars to allow oil drilling, thousands of jobs and lower energy rates—run by folks that could be in the Cuban government—are the home of the worst poverty in California. These cities emulate Venezuela, not a Free State.
“Using the California Poverty Measure (CPM) — which takes into account not just income but also cost of living and the value of social safety net programs — 19.4 percent of Californians, or 7.4 million people, currently live in poverty. According to the CPM measure, a family of four earning about $31,000 a year or less is below the poverty line.
The two counties with the highest poverty rates are Los Angeles (24.3 percent) and Santa Cruz (23.8 percent).
Not far behind is Santa Barbara County, where 23 percent of residents don’t have enough money to live on.
That’s not to say poverty rates in places like the Central Valley are low. Fresno County’s poverty rate is 19.6 percent, while Tulare County’s to the south is 20.3 percent.”
In total, California has over 12 million people in poverty—Sacramento and these Democrat controlled communities work hard to assure poverty for all.
The original of this article appeared on the California Political Review website on July 26, 2018.
Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.
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