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[–] JJNova 1 points 55 points (+56|-1) ago  (edited ago)

We are currently building the Toyota Headquarters in Texas, which is also relocating from California.

When shit hit the fan with the Huy Fong Foods (Sriracha) mayors from Texas towns went to court that company (and it scared the city in California to change their mind about implementing new rules).

Plano, TX alone is home to FedEx Office, Lays, PepsiCo, Dr Pepper, Ericsson, JC Penney, Snapple, Huawei, Pizza Hut, Cinemark, Dell, Rent A Center......

California keeps raising the cost to do business, not realizing that it's too easy for a company to move it's headquarters or tech business. It's not like the days of manufacturing, where it would be cost prohibitive to relocate all of the machines to another state. Now you pack up your laptops, copy your data to the new server, and set up shop.

Edit: I realize this article is about a manufacturing company, but as I started typing, I wanted to get my thought across about California and business as a whole.

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[–] BentAxel [S] 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

I have lived in California for 50 years. I am actually considering leaving and that to me is sad. It has just gotten to be too much. Not leaving tomorrow but the consideration alarms me. Texas looks beautiful to me.

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[–] JJNova 0 points 32 points (+32|-0) ago 

I left California in 2002, but not for any business or political reasons.

If you come to Texas, here's some things I wish I knew.

(1) Dallas/Ft.Worth (DFW) is much more beautiful than I originally expected. Towns like McKinney and Frisco put a lot of money and resources into keeping everything gorgeous. The only part of Texas I knew about before moving here was the panhandle.... and the rest of Texas isn't nearly that ugly.

(2) Food here is delicious, and nearly nobody knows what quinoa is, nor do they eat wheat grass and call it a meal. If you invite people to a barbecue, that means you are smoking your meats. What we Californians typically call barbecuing is actually grilling. Food is serious business in Texas, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone that is snobbish about eating like a king.

(3) Expect to talk... a lot. People here hold doors for each other, say hi, strike up conversations in the grocery line, and have no problem getting to know complete strangers, even if they never expect to see you again. Texans are friendly. Instead of flipping you off in traffic, they wave. "Thanks for letting me in to this spot that was way too small for me to squeeze into and you even let me do it without a blinker."

(4) The stereotype is true, Texans like things bigger. Trucks are everywhere. The parking spots are bigger. The food servings are bigger. The waist lines are bigger (and no one cares). The stores are bigger (DFW has the largest retail store in the United States, Nebraska Furniture Mart). The properties are bigger. The sky is bigger. The sky is beautiful here. There are no mountains to block the view, so on a summer day the sky goes forever. Even the teenage girls drive around in big trucks.

(5) The beaches are disgusting. If you are from Southern California, this won't be a big departure for you, but if you are currently in Northern California, and appreciate a beautiful, clean, clear ocean experience, you wont get that here. We have a ton of lakes to visit, but the Gulf of Mexico is nasty.

(6) Unions are nearly extinct. Sure, there are some here or there, but the unions don't have a stranglehold on the markets. With the exception of the Houston area, I don't think there is any other part of Texas where you have to be in a Union to get work.

(7) Texas likes to keep business in Texas. If you relocate, you will have to close your California bank account, and reopen it in Texas. Even if you use Bank of America. Texas laws require this. It goes with another thing I love about Texas, people here support anything made in Texas. Dr Pepper is in every single restaurant. Some Texans will never visit a restaurant again if it doesn't serve Dr. Pepper. There are a ton of Toyota trucks on the road (made in Texas). Blue Bell is the best ice cream ever made (Texan), people where Justin Boots (made in Justin, TX). It's really crazy how much these people love their state and it's economy.

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[–] EyeRape 0 points 17 points (+17|-0) ago 

I'm a native Californian, and my family and I have seriously talked about leaving.

The cost of living is much too high (bay area) there isn't enough places to rent so it drives up the price. California keeps letting these illegals in (millions), they take up space and jobs as well.

Not only that, but I am not comfortable with the state governments overreach into our personal lives ( yes means yes, you can't wear two earbuds at once while riding a bike, wtf?)

Also, with the sanctuary city of San Francisco becoming an ever increasing shit hole thanks to the extreme liberal policies there I don't feel like waiting until the rest of California becomes more of the same.

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[–] Totenglocke 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'd have thought the massive civil rights violations would have made you flee California years ago.

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[–] green_man 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Nevada is right next door and is pretty sweet with the no state income tax and decent gun laws. However, if you come here and try to enact any of that bullshit that's fucking up CA please just keep going.

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[–] Rellik88 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Magpul left CO for TX after CO magazine ban.

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[–] firex726 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yep, good time for Texas if this keeps up.

We'll be the Silicon Plains.

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[–] Moderately_soluble 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Texas needs it since the oil industry is going to shit