As California’s populations approaches 40 million, the media rejoices that this is a good sign. A recent Los Angeles Times article proclaims:
California population grows by 332,000 to 38.2 million
Most of the rise is from births, but immigration shows an increase, particularly from abroad. The Bay Area has the largest boost while L.A. County’s growth is more modest.California’s population grew by roughly 332,000 people in the last fiscal year — its biggest increase in nearly a decade, according to new California Department of Finance estimates.
“It’s a sign that our economy is recovering,” said Hans Johnson, a Public Policy Institute of California demographer. “But it’s still pretty slow growth.”
The estimated population rose 0.88%, exceeding 38.2 million as of July. Most of that growth was “natural increase” — births minus deaths. But those numbers stayed roughly the same as in recent years, while immigration has increased.
Between July 2012 and July 2013, roughly 170,000 more people came to California from other countries than left, according to the estimates. At the same time, nearly 103,000 more residents left California for other parts of the United States than came into the Golden State. The result was a net increase of 66,000 people who came to California from elsewhere.
Compared with population trends in recent years, “the big change was the increase in the number of foreign immigrants,” said Stephen Levy, director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy.
The Department of Finance said that the growth, despite being slow, was the fastest that California has seen since 2003-04, well before the recession. Johnson said that even before the latest downturn, California had grown slowly because high housing prices pushed away families during boom years.
“At least we’re not in a bust anymore,” USC professor of public policy Dowell Myers said. “But the return to normal is still crawling at a snail’s pace.”
The fastest-growing counties were in the Bay Area — Alameda and Santa Clara — which grew by 1.68% and 1.47% respectively, according to the new estimates. Economists said the tech industry has helped propel those gains. Growth was slower in Los Angeles County, which gained about 74,000 people — an increase of 0.75%.
In Los Angeles, future growth “is really going to be dependent on getting our local economy fully back on track,” said Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Key sectors such as transportation and logistics have yet to fully recover, he added.
The L.A. Times, along with just about all other organs of the corporate-run media, would have us believe that such population growth is a good thing. After all, it’s “growth” isn’t it?
But now Obama is concerned about California’s drought. The Washington Times tells us:
In drought-ravaged California, Obama sounds alarm on climate change
While touring areas of California ravaged by a historic drought, President Obama on Friday sounded an ominous warning and said that even if the federal government takes meaningful action to combat climate change, much of the damage already has been done.
“Unless and until we do more to combat carbon pollution that causes climate change, this trend is going to get worse, and the hard truth is even if we do take action on climate change, carbon pollution has built up in our atmosphere for decades. The planet is slowly going to keep warming for a long time to come,” Mr. Obama said while touring a farm in Los Banos. “We’re going to have to stop looking at these disasters as something to wait for. We’ve got to start looking at these disasters as something to prepare for, to anticipate.”
What will happen to California? After its population has ballooned to ungodly proportions, and it turns out there’s not enough water for everybody, the overflow will come to Oregon. Either that or they’ll take our water. Either possibility makes me shudder.
Generally speaking, I don’t like the weather here. The overcast skies and rain can be depressing. But such weather is the price we pay for the multitude of rivers and lakes we enjoy. Our rivers actually have water in them. We swim in them, fish on them, boat in them and enjoy their beauty. It would be tragic if, due to a huge influx of Californians, Oregon became overcrowded, polluted and unsafe.
I predict that there will be water pipelines to divert some of Oregon’s river water into California. These will be controversial, but powerful forces will promote them. The concept has already been discussed. California’s immigration-fueled population explosion is a ticking time-bomb, and it should provoke serious discussion. The emphasis on “climate-change” is a cop out. It’s a politically correct alternative to tackling the real issue: Immigration.