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    I’m POST certified in a different state and always considered CA one of the last places I’d look to move, even though my family is from there. SoCal is by far my favorite place, but all the horror stories are about the cost of living there. Long story short, I went down a rabbit hole and saw the LEOs make decent money at agencies out there, and there are expensive but affordable houses (if you’re willing to drive a bit for the commute). So what’s the deal with CA and the cost? Income tax isn’t too terrible, and sales tax is lower than here. Where do the hits come from? Groceries, gas, utilities, extra government fees...?

    Just researching and feeling out right now. Thanks!

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    Honestly, I wouldn't do it. Let alone the high cost of living, dude, the extreme liberal politics make it super hard to do your job. Yes we make good money, but me personally I can't wait to leave this state. Do what you want but if your happy where your at, I would not do it. Oh and lets not mention the commute times and traffic.
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      http://www.capoliticalreview.com/top...al-california/
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Az_so View Post
        I’m POST certified in a different state and always considered CA one of the last places I’d look to move, even though my family is from there. SoCal is by far my favorite place, but all the horror stories are about the cost of living there. Long story short, I went down a rabbit hole and saw the LEOs make decent money at agencies out there, and there are expensive but affordable houses (if you’re willing to drive a bit for the commute). So what’s the deal with CA and the cost? Income tax isn’t too terrible, and sales tax is lower than here. Where do the hits come from? Groceries, gas, utilities, extra government fees...?

        Just researching and feeling out right now. Thanks!
        Wait, did you say taxes are worse in Arizona?!?‽????

        That can’t be true, all I ever hear is how repressive this State’s taxes are.

        *and RIPPA isn’t that bad. My Agency has been making us full out this kinda information for all of our car stops for decades.
        Last edited by RGDS; 02-13-2019, 08:42 PM.
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        • #5
          Cruz, thanks for sharing the article!

          Sales taxes are a bit higher here, all other taxes are lower, without a doubt. Overall the taxes here pale in comparison to CA lol. Didn’t mean to imply they’re higher here in general lol

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Az_so View Post
            I’m POST certified in a different state and always considered CA one of the last places I’d look to move, even though my family is from there. SoCal is by far my favorite place, but all the horror stories are about the cost of living there. Long story short, I went down a rabbit hole and saw the LEOs make decent money at agencies out there, and there are expensive but affordable houses (if you’re willing to drive a bit for the commute). So what’s the deal with CA and the cost? Income tax isn’t too terrible, and sales tax is lower than here. Where do the hits come from? Groceries, gas, utilities, extra government fees...?

            Just researching and feeling out right now. Thanks!
            Not sure where you live in AZ.?.

            I split my time between Southern CA and AZ.

            Southern CA=Higher gas prices, longer commutes, some areas you may be "commuting" from have property taxes in the 2%-2.5% range (Mello Roos-Assessments), etc, etc, etc. And, as previously posted, "LIBERAL POLITICS."

            Do the math. You probably have it WAY better where you are now. Don't let a vacation or short trip to CA shape your life decisions.

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            • #7
              Something else to consider esp. with SoCal

              You can have decent areas to live/good schools ; somewhat affordable housing; a decent (under 2 hours each way) commute

              Choose TWO
              The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

              "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason"

              "We fight not for glory; nor for wealth; nor honor, but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life"

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              • #8
                Also, even what where the decent areas that many of the cops/firefighters ect lived are rapidly going to crap.

                I live in an area that is patrolled by my agency and where many other cops live....our SEB was out the other days not even a 1/2 mile from my house looking for an armed parolee that had bailed during a compliance check....and that night the airship was in an orbit over my house while the patrol guys where handling a burg in progress right around the corner.

                I cannot wait to leave this state and will likely never return once I retire
                The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

                "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason"

                "We fight not for glory; nor for wealth; nor honor, but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life"

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                • #9
                  Op...I’ll job swap with you, I can’t wait to go home

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                  • #10
                    You’d have to be nuts to move to California for a LE job. Or for that matter, any job that pays under a quarter mil a year.
                    Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

                    I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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                    • #11
                      I did the AZ to CA move, I sent you a PM with info.

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                      • #12
                        Yes, the politics sucks, but I'm going to go against the grain and say that's not why you should come to CA. Politics can suck for cops anywhere and they change so frequently I wouldn't worry too much about it over a 30 year career. And yeah the housing and lack of middle class in LA and the Bay make those places pointless. I'm pretty comfy outside of that area. You absolutely can not have a family on a single income here unless you have an hour plus commute or are willing to live a frugal lifestyle.

                        Pension reform is why you don't come here. Go to Fl or Tx. California was worth it for 3% a year to retire at 50 years old. Now it's 57 years old. F that.

                        Also to answer the original questions: I have two kids not in school yet. I pay $2800 a month in child care.


                        Last edited by nobodyjr; 02-17-2019, 12:26 PM.

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