I am a stay at home dad turned sole proprietor who operates out of his basement. I live in the Salt Lake Metro area of Utah.
The population in the Salt Lake area has been increasing rapidly during the time I’ve been living here. While the local LDS religious culture encourages large families, our growth is coming from people moving in from out of Utah. The most common out of state license plate that I see around town lately is California plates.
This concerns me because I fear that as people move here from California, they are going to influence my state by bringing the same changes they brought to their own state.
Why am I so down on CA? Well I believe that much of the politics that happen in CA are “negative in the freedom dimension” (a quote attributed to Richard Stallman).
CA is very heavily taxed. Their real estate values are extremely over priced. CA voters are also responsible for giving us people in government such as Nancy Peolosi, Maxine Waters, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Barbra Boxer, Gavin Newsom, Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, etc. You get the picture.
There is also rampant corruption in the politics in CA. You can start with learning about how the Brown, Peolosi, Newsom, Getty families are all connected. Then there’s the robbing of taxpayer’s money scheme known as the high speed rail project.
With more people coming to Utah, we are seeing an increase in traffic and crime. The price of real estate is skyrocketing which means more we have to pay in real estate taxes because of the increased value of our homes.
We are also seeing diminished air quality here in the valley which was already bad to begin with. More people means more cars and more polution.
Now when you try to go for a peaceful outdoor experience in the Wasatch Range, which borders the Salt Lake area, its hard to find a parking space. Much less find some solitude on the now crowded trails.
I first heard about the “Don’t California my …” idea while listening to a podcast called “No Agenda“. During one of their episodes a producer wrote in and said something about “Don’t California my Montanna.” That got me thinking about how maybe its not just Utah that is getting overrun with Californians.
That started me thinking about how I can show this. The first symbol that came to mind for CA was the bear on their flag. I also thought about the beehive used as a symbol for Utah. What do bears like to eat? Honey. What is in a beehive? Honey. An idea was born!
Now I’m trying to get the word out that we don’t want their changes. I’m also slowly expanding my line to include other states. If your state is being overrun by Californians and you want a sticker for your state, or you have an idea for a state, let me know about it.