I don't know too much about this. From a outsider's point of view I'd sat there's good and bad to California like most places. Its obvious that its too pricey for most people and not the best climate. I know its terrible for the homeless too. The article itselve seems a bit melodramatic. I don't think we're looking at the decline of California for quite some time (still holds lots of cultural appeal, and is a beautiful part of the country, well some of it, plus diverse cultural). But changes need to be made to improve people's lives there.