Why some people are fleeing Southern California



Longtime Irvine resident Helen Tornquist is calling Big D home now after volunteering for a transfer to north Texas.

Her kids moved out. Her marriage is over. And she had planned to retire out of state anyway because California is just too expensive. Last year, she sold her four-bedroom home of 13 years and moved to the Dallas area, where she manages a customer call center.

“I reached out to my boss and said, ‘I am available to go to a new location. Where do you want me to go?’” said Tornquist, 57, a graduate of both UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton. “California

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