How to Plan the Perfect California Exit

One East Bay Family's Departure for Portugal Is a Study in Leaving on a High Note

When it comes to California departures, I have no problem with the number of Californians moving out. It’s still a free state in what’s more or less a free country, and life sure is expensive here.

But I am embarrassed about the quality of these departures. Californians are supposed to dream big. So why do their ambitions get so small when they head for the exits?

If you’re thinking about leaving, I implore you: Enough with vamoosing to vapid Vegas subdivisions. Cool down before you sign a lease on that hot Phoenix …