Fire, garbage and homelessness increasingly plague the Golden State. Traffic on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. High housing costs in coastal areas have produced ever-longer commutes. Credit: Aaron Wojack for The New York Times By Conor Dougherty , Dec. 29, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO — Christine Johnson, a public-finance consultant with an engineering degree, was running for … Continue reading California Is Booming. Why Are So Many Californians Unhappy?