The atmosphere of California is being clouded and darkened by the spectre of rampant crime. California is going to pass the "three strikes and you're out" law and without any way to pay for it. We are going to have to build more prisons and schools are probably going to suffer. People will be sent away for long and indefinite periods, and permanently warehoused.
Will sanity prevail? We need more job training for convicts and the same minimum training for non-convicts as well. The problem is more in unequal distribution of wealth thru jobs or inheritance and the belief by many that it doesn't seem to matter because they believe that they really don't have a chance.
We need a better way of training people to work and a smaller range of pay for different jobs. So that there is no extreme like $4.50/hr for one arduous job and $500/hr for another.
Other countries have smaller pay ranges and are as successful as the US. We need to change things so that most people believe the option of work is far better than the option of crime.