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which California best represents Pleasanton?

Original post made by optimistic mom on May 20, 2011

There's an interesting new report out called "A Portrait of California 2011" which identifies five geographic and demographic groups....

Silicon Valley Shangri-La comprises the top 1% of the population in terms of well-being levels. These extremely well-educated high-tech entrepreneurs and professionals are fueling, and accruing the benefits of, innovation.

Metro-Coastal Enclave California makes up 18% of the state's population. They are located in upscale urban and suburban neighborhoods, chiefly along the coast. Residents of these areas are largely affluent, credentialed, and resilient knowledge workers enjoying comparative financial comfort and security;

Main Street California is a majority-minority group of Californians who experience longer lives, higher levels of educational attainment, and higher earnings than the typical American. Yet these suburban and ex-urban Californians, representing 38% of the population, have an increasingly tenuous grip on middle-class life;

Struggling California makes up 38% of the population across the state, from the suburbs, exurbs, and rural areas of the Central Valley to parts of major metro areas and the Inland Empire to swaths of Northern California. Struggling Californians work hard but find it nearly impossible to gain a foothold on security;

The Forsaken Five Percent - residents bypassed by the digital economy and left behind in impoverished LA neighborhoods as well as in rural and urban areas in the San Joaquin Valley.

Read more here: Web Link

So we might all like to be a part of the metro-coastal enclave here in Pleasanton, but is that really what we are all experiencing? How much of Pleasanton is Main Street, Struggling, or even Forsaken?

Comments (4)

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Good question. Put me down for whichever one hates teachers the most.


Posted by Read It, a resident of Castlewood Heights
on May 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

It is an interesting report, but written from a progressive viewpoint that seems to think only government programs can lift up the struggling groups.

What about parents / adults taking some responsibility for their own choices. If you are struggling, drop the cable TV expense and fancy car lease and make your kids go to the library and read books so that they'll do better in school.

Don't we Americans lift ourselves up by our boot straps anymore?


Posted by Mike, a resident of Canyon Oaks
on May 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I agree with everthing Read It says, accept the boot straps thing. I've been trying for the past three hours to lift myself up by my boot straps. It can't be done.

But seriously, what about kids stop blaming there parents and take some accountability for themselves. This blaming the parent game is unsustainable and only leads to unfunded liabilities that are lifted on the backs of responsible tax prayers. Tough love is what is needed. Cut back on wasteful and inefficent spending on school lunches and after care progrmas. Let the kids take care for themselves. DThey'll learn how to be responsible and accountable and then we don't have to make up for unfunded liabilities by ways of entitlements programs. Parents are to undependable and can't be trusted. Kids are the way to go.


Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on May 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

"The Forsaken Five" isn't limited to Los Angeles and the Central Valley (and it's probably a lot more than 5% given the state has more than 10% unemployment) - how many unemployed, uneducated people are there in Oakland, Hayward and San Lorenzo and San Leandro?

Sounds like the author of this study was a Bay Area liberal who is blisfully blind to the realities of Northern California. There's just as much poverty and ignorance in in the Bay as there is in the Central Valley!


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