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Californians becoming villains in rest of West

first_imgLAS VEGAS – It’s dead inside Favorites bar this afternoon, where the propped-open door spills a bit of light onto the ancient Elvis pinball machine and the grumpy man puffing on a cigarette in front of the video poker machine. There’s no food here, unless you count the vending machine against the green wall. Owner Ray Medrano had to make a choice: Close the kitchen or ban smoking in the joint altogether. His customers love their smokes more than their food, so the kitchen lost. For Medrano, there’s only one despicable group of people to blame for Nevada passing a smoking ban that eliminates smoking in restaurants and bars that also serve food: Californians. “California has a negative influence on our society,” he said, glancing around as cigarette smoke fills the stuffy place. “They should keep their world in their world.” It’s a popular refrain from many in the West. When Californians move in, it’s always their fault when things change. They infect the rest of the region with their politics and questionable driving, and make housing prices soar. Sure, it’s been 30 years since Oregonians first slapped “Don’t Californicate Oregon” bumper stickers on their cars, but, like the song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication” is still alive and well. “I think it’s just such a common desire to say things were really calm and great here and then these people came in,” said Patty Limerick, history professor and faculty director of the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West. Since 1991, the number of Californians moving out topped the number of people moving in to the state. And where do they go? The top five states Californians moved to between 2000 and 2005 were Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Washington and Oregon, according to William Frey, population expert for the Brookings Institution. For many Californians, they want what eludes them in their state – open space, clean air and not so much traffic. So they sell their houses for a chunk of change, move somewhere else in the West, buy a bigger house and start driving up the housing prices, much to the dismay of locals. Sherrie Watson has lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, since she was 16 and is quite fed up with Californians. “They complain how cold it is. And they just moved here because it is cheaper and to `get away,’ but then they keep saying things like, `We did it in California this way, so why don’t you change?’ “They came here because they liked it the way it was when they visited, but then they want to change it. I don’t get it,” she said. For many Westerners, California is seen as a state of excess and an example of how things shouldn’t be done. (These also are the people who elected a movie star as their governor.) Combine that with the frontier West, where residents aren’t so interested in a lot of government control over how they behave, and therein lies the problem. Yes, Californians drive up housing costs, and some can even be blamed for falling prices because of the many investors who snapped up cheap houses, then wanted to sell, creating too much inventory in cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix. “Home prices go up and we all blame Californians,” said Jay Butler, director of Realty Studies at Arizona State University Polytechnic. “They are sort of like the West Coast version of the New Yorkers. They have the attitude.” But what about politics? Are Californians starting to turn the West more blue? “I think the Democratic Party is counting on it,” Frey said. “If they shifted just a little bit in the last election, (they) could have elected a Democratic president.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

The new Fabregas and Leeds’ next star: Ones to watch this season

first_img Jordon Ibe, Lewis Cook, Joel Campbell and Gedion Zelalem 1 Pre-season tours often give youngsters a chance to impress ahead of the new season.Isaiah Brown grabbed two goals for Chelsea against Wycombe Wanderers. A host of starlets played for Arsenal against Boreham Wood on Saturday and Brendan Rodgers has taken several promising players to America for Liverpool’s games against Roma and Olympiakos.So here at talkSPORT we asked our fans on Facebook which players they would like to see play for their club’s first team this year. Like us on Facebook and join in the debate.last_img read more

KXIP vs SRH: Support of my countrymen gives me energy, says Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan

first_imgAfghanistan’s leg-spinner Rashid Khan says the entire country watches Indian Premier League and the support of the people back home gives him energy to perform better in the cash-rich T20 tournament.The 18-year-old Rashid returned with impressive figures of 4-0-16-1 to help his side Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs here.”The whole of Afghanistan is watching this league. The way they are supporting us both, me and (Mohammed) Nabi, it is just amazing. The prayers of our people back home help me and whenever we have a game, they all pray for us,” Rashid told reporters last night after the match.”Their back up, their support really helps me and gives me energy,” said Rashid, who hails from Nangarhar province in war-ravaged Afghanistan.Rashid has impressed one and all as he not only has been among the wickets but also putting brakes on the opposition run flow.Asked what does his performance mean for Afghan cricket, he said, “It means a lot to them because coming to this stage and performing here is a very positive message for the people of Afghanistan.”He said the message to the youngsters back home was “to work hard, do your best and you will achieve for which you have set your foot for”.”It is my message for youngsters of Afghanistan to work hard. It does not matter whether you are from Associate or other team, just do your best, you will get your achievements.”Talking about the experience of his maiden appearance in the IPL so far, Rashid said, “Actually, most of the pitches in Asia, they are good for spinners. I have been working a lot with my coaches, especially Muttiah Muralitharan, he is the best spinner in the world. He has been helping and giving me all the confidence to just go out there and give my best.”advertisementAsked how much of the experience gained in IPL will help him in Test and one-dayers, Rashid said, “It makes a big difference. Playing in IPL alongside some of the big names and big coaches and getting their experience will help me a lot. I am just trying my best to get their experiences to do my best.In future, I will work hard for longer format games. Mentally I am preparing myself for that.””I am trying my best to do 100 per cent and follow what the team requirement is,” he said.last_img read more

One killed in fire in TN cracker unit

first_imgVirudhunagar(TN): One person was killed in a fire that broke out in a cracker unit at Karicheri in this district on Tuesday, police said. Three sheds were razed to the ground in the blasts following the fire, they said. The worker died after he was trapped in the debris of one of the sheds, which collapsed in the blasts. The blaze erupted in a shed where finished crackers had been stored, and spread to three other sheds, they added. Fire and rescue services pesonnel reached the spot and doused the fire. A probe is on to acertain the cause of the fire, police said.last_img read more