California has a problem that can no longer be ignored.  Sex Pistols rocker Johnny Rotten recently began lamenting the homeless crisis in his “1%” area of Venice Beach.  He said that his multi-million dollar home has been vandalized because of all the young vagrants that suddenly showed up there.

‘They moved in en masse. They’re all young, they’re all like 24,’ Rotten told Newsweek reporter Paula Froelich.  ‘They’re aggressive, and because there’s an awful lot of them together they’re gang-y.’  He even admitted that he had to call the police when some of them set up camp in front of his house.

You know if the lead singer for the aggressive anti-authoritarianism band has had enough, it’s bad.

Many areas of California are leading the nation in outward migration.  More people are leaving  than coming. Joe Pollak knows why — 53% of California residents are considering leaving because of the sky-high cost of living, but there are also other problems: 

  • Nearly three-fourths of residents, 72%, say “cost and availability of housing is a very serious issue for California”
  •  More than two-thirds, 68%, of Californians, believe the tech industry has been under-regulated
  • 62% of residents say “homelessness is a very serious issue for California.

Interestingly, one of the most frequently Googled questions from the state of California in 2018 was “Should I move out?”

As you know, my wife and I did just that.  

Maybe it’s time for Johnny Rotten to do the same?  He says that his wife, who has Alzheimer’s, is struggling to deal with the crisis. However, he says he’s not some liberal who suffers from NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) hypocrisy.

‘No, I’m a bloke that’s worked hard for his money and I expect to be able to use my own front door,’ he said.

That sounds reasonable to me.  Too bad it’s not reasonable to the liberal politicians who have let anarchy run rampant in one of America’s most beautiful states.

Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Hat Tip: Daily Mail

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.