My list would begin with Post #154.
Yes, I loved sunny California for the same reasons everyone else does, and return often to visit family and friends. However, in my 25 years there, it was sad to watch.....
--the orange and avocado groves torn down that had once covered the hills surrounding my parents' home in Escondido. They were replaced with subdivisions and more concrete.......all the way along Hwy. 15/395 to San Diego. Poway, Rancho Bernardo, San Marcos, Vista used to be picturesque small towns nestled in pretty green hills;
--the cost of living become prohibitive for middle class families. I watched my teacher friends struggle, as well as the families of my high school students. For example, kids would bring me their prom catalogues for advice on picking out dresses and tuxes. I'd ask what their parents thought. "Uh, well, I won't see them till next Sunday." This would happen because some students' parents each had to work two jobs to cover the mortgage;
--traffic gridlock: Hwy. 5 and 405 (anytime in LA), same in the Bay Area;
--infiltration of gangs and drugs in the school system. I taught in one of the top districts in the state: however, the state ed. codes prevented administrators from taking serious disciplinary actions against students who threatened the safety and welfare of the student body. I loved the school I left behind, but could no longer tolerate drug deals or fights breaking out in class. (And I was a "strict, old-fashioned school marm type," so those things would happen anywhere else on campus-- NEVER in my class.) When they finally arrived in my class, without serious consequence, I asked my husband to look for a good transfer within his company.
Sorry if I'm blathering on and on. But I invested 20 years of heart and soul into dear California young people. It was very tough to watch them miss out on so much, with class sizes of 38, 30-year-old text books (that I would distribute with rubber bands), and stoned peers disrupting their learning.
Again, I was in an affluent suburban district noted for outstanding results. But our hands were often tied by lack of school funding and a lenient ed code.
Here in Ohio, school funding is much better (though that is hotly debated statewide, due to their un-Constitutional approach dependent on local tax levies). Working in several districts here, I never had to deal with the teaching conditions I faced in CA.
Sorry if this seems to hijack the thread. My best answer to your question is post #154. DH and I chose the Ohio climate on purpose; we preferred it to the quality of life challenges we faced there.