Hello Tehachapi. I have traveled all over California over the decades. From top to bottom and side to side, see if a good community exists. I have seen terrible cities like Bakersfield and many more. Places with little or no planning. Not a thought or a worry apparently. It makes you want to throw, in fact. Crowds everywhere. Signs advertising “SUE!” all over. Trash can. Misery. Depression.

I think Tehachapi is about as good as it gets. If I started over I could pick you (population kept at a constant rate by attrition – people moving or dying). Wide and open streets. Clean and uncluttered. Large fields for the kids to explore. Lots of sidewalks to walk on. Large trees (when it seems that the public works departments in most cities dictate smallness because it is convenient for them). Lots of green. The mild temperature at elevations higher than the central valley. The streets seemed empty of the usual swarms of cars. Well thought.

Unfortunately, I also saw a lot of real estate signs around. Lots of announcements for more land to develop. It seems that the city has caught the disease, the growth cancer continues. Very sad about it. Ultimately, unless thoughtful and caring people are chosen, disease will strike. Believe me, writing from a community where people fought against real estate developers, they never gave up. They may sound nice, but for the most part it’s about the money. And one city after another falls. Care.

– R. Ron, Pismo Beach

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