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Old 04-02-2019, 06:20 AM   #1
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Unhappy A sad travel note from berkeley,CA

It is with great sadness but we have to add another city to avoid in our travels.
Berkeley, Ca, in the San Francisco area, has changed its laws.The link is to an article about the change.

Berkeley, Ca used to be considered a leader in what a modern progressive city looked like but the concentration of wealth has driven up the cost of housing and low wage people have had to resort to living on the streets and this lead to problems. Instead of dealing with the concentration-of-wealth problem, their plan is to criminalize living on the street. Not a very creative, effective or helpful way to manage to a serious problem.

The new law effects all vehicles with multiple axles, longer than 20ft, or wider than 6ft-6inches and trailers.

I like to boondock and Berkeley would have been a good place to rest when traveling from all the great places in northern CA to the deserts of southern CA. but no more. I'm sure it makes no difference to them but I will not be eating or buying anything while passing through.

As a note, the traffic in the bay area is terrible, it's a good place to avoid if you can
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:28 AM   #2
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My friend Jeff is VERY progressive guy. He recently traveled to San Fran. He was robbed of all his belongings within an hour. They distribute the wealth QUICKLY out there.
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Old 04-02-2019, 06:31 AM   #3
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I used to enjoy travellingto california in general... really it was a progressive and fun state... but now instead of the "live and let live" mentality that once made it an incredibly fun and vibrant state.. it has turned into the p[oster child for nearly living in prison despite claiming being open for all...



I once had plans of running my bus along the pacific coast highway... nada now..
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:58 AM   #4
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I moved to SO CA in 1946 from my mom. I left in 2007 with no regrets. Nothing remains the same anywhere but I could write a book about the negative changes.
A shame really.

The house my dad built and finished in 1952 was sold in 1974 for $33,000. It's current value is over $600,000. 2x2, 1700 sf. The area it's in is now a shithole. My last visit was via the internet.

A shame really.

Here's what I saw in every area. This is an actual camp.
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:01 AM   #5
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It truly is a shame, with no fix in sight and the policies they're enacting just make it worse IMHO.
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:54 AM   #6
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Its a tough issue for me. I love freedom and charity but I've lived next to a homeless shelter.
Its all fine and good till its your house being broken into. And your yard they're shooting up in. I'm now understand why cities pass anti-homeless ordinances. Its like- if you feed and house them they're definitely not going anywhere till the gravy train leaves. The homeless shelter I lived next to was funded with "stimulus money" but all that really means is the church that runs it got a couple million to buy a crack motel. The former owner of the crack motel is the only winner. If you ask transients in the area they're all heading to the homeless "mecca" in Leesburg. Eustis may give me crap about my bus but I've had zero junkies in my yard since living here.
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Old 04-02-2019, 10:47 AM   #7
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To give you an idea of the inflation out there, I was born in Berkeley and lived in a brand new house my parents bought in Sunnyvale (pre Silicone Valley) for $12k. The oriental woman who lives in it now paid over $1m for it 15 years ago.
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Cali has, at least in the recent past, been quite strict on certain vehicles, not only buses but semis as well. There's a reason truckers generally hate to do loads to cali, it's just nonstop nonsense both with traffic and the traffic laws/fines.

Two decades ago I'd have loved to visit cali, possibly even move there. A decade ago I thought a road trip would be nice. Nowadays I wouldn't even enter the state unless I absolutely had to.
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In September, I spent a few nights down at the Berkeley marina and had no problems. There were 6 or so RV's and vans, but no Skoolies there. Although I did see areas where cops had cleared out encampments.

As we bounced down the coast, we spent a week in Santa Cruz at the time of the election when liberal residents there voted down a rent control ordinance and shut down the homeless shelter.

Further down the coast, we spent a month in San Diego Boat Ramp with no hassles (Jan.) in the bus.
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Cali has, at least in the recent past, been quite strict on certain vehicles, not only buses but semis as well. There's a reason truckers generally hate to do loads to cali, it's just nonstop nonsense both with traffic and the traffic laws/fines.

Two decades ago I'd have loved to visit cali, possibly even move there. A decade ago I thought a road trip would be nice. Nowadays I wouldn't even enter the state unless I absolutely had to.
I am no longer proud to be a native Californian.
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