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What things are right — and what are wrong with California

Jan 01, 2019 - Orange County Register (California)

You can’t improve much if you don’t know your own strengths and weaknesses.

So with a new year upon us, let’s review how California performed in 2018 — as measured by a selection of rankings that serve our national thirst to debate who’s No. 1 and who’s dead last.

I filled my trusty spreadsheet with 14 state-by-state rankings on various quality-of-life subjects. I used different sources for each ranking to keep biases to a minimum.

When I averaged these rankings for...