Los Angeles County Deeply Disaffected – Daily News

Snowy mountains provide a backdrop to suburban palm trees after a major winter storm swept through the state on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. Snow fell unusually in Southern California. (AP Photo/John Antczak)

If the worldwide desire to live here in recent decades is any indication — and people have been voting with their feet — then Los Angeles County is nothing short of a success story.

In 1950, 4 million people lived in the country. Now there are 10 million. It’s no coincidence that we live in the largest county in the country. The attractions were obvious: the weather. Beaches and mountains. Large residential areas. Good jobs. The entertainment capital of the world.

So what happened? Because the worst part of it, our formerly thick layers of smog, has improved tremendously over the years, even as more people have arrived.

But a malaise, a kind of blight, has settled on Angelenos, according to a new survey of county residents about various aspects of life here, including the cost of living, education, the environment and public safety. The survey is part of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, which since 2016 has been assessing the life satisfaction of Los Angeles County residents.

As our contributor Olga Grigoryantz reports, the survey shows that after eight years, “satisfaction is the lowest for residents of Los Angeles County… On cost of living, the county’s overall ranking was 50 in 2016. This year, it had dropped to 38.

One of Los Angeles County’s top experts, longtime former County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, director of research at UCLA, says, “What drives cost-of-living rankings is the cost of housing…the number one issue. .”

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