via here, which has a lot of good data on California job losses.
If you have a service business, I can understand the desire to get access to the large and wealthy populations in these areas. I even started a service operation in the LA area about 4 years ago, though I regret it intensely (other operations we have in rural CA are difficult but much easier than in LA). But even so, why would anyone ever, ever start a manufacturing or any other business in these locations if it could be located anywhere else?
I was at a cocktail party the other night lamenting to a number of business owners (more successful folks than I) about problems I am having in CA. Usually I get sympathy, but there was none to be had. They looked at me like I was a moron, like I was the guy who went $30,000 in debt for a puppetry degree. They said they had gotten out of CA years ago, would never go back, and (essentially) if I was stupid enough to be there, it was my own damn fault.
Unfortunately, a lot of the recreation is there, and for better or for worse, we have found that we are better and more efficient at dealing with a lot of the CA-induced mess than other companies. But I often wonder if I am crazy to be there.
PS- as an example, it took us 4-1/2 years to get a permit for a 1000 gallon double wall gas tank at a marina in Ventura County. We just got it approved last month, so at last we can stop hauling truckloads of 5-gallon fuel tanks from the gas station. We are in the third year of trying to get permitting approval to replace (in kind, same size and features) a bathroom building in a campground.
Update: All the job gains are in industries, like health care and construction, where the jobs have to be near the population served. Compare that to manufacturing and tech.