Magazine April 19, 2021, Issue

Why I Left California

(Cristi Name)
My flight to a new happy home

Greetings from Florida.

It’s a sentence that would have been nearly unthinkable for me and my family just five years ago. My parents moved to California in 1979, pursuing the Hollywood dream: My father, a graduate of music school, wanted to write scores for the movies, and my mother, an education major, got a job as a secretary at a film and production company. And California was good to them. My dad never made it big, but my mom did rise to become vice president of her company. I grew up in a two-bedroom house with one bathroom and four children

This article appears as “Why I Left” in the April 19, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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Mr. Shapiro is the host of the podcast The Ben Shapiro Show, the editor emeritus of The Daily Wire, and the author of How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps and The Right Side of History.

In This Issue

I. What Made California Great

II. California's Self-Destruction

III. Can California Be Saved?

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