WHOA ! Billy, you must be in a time warp. There are so many homeless in L.A. that the mayor asked the governor to declare a state of emergency. This isn't the thread for it but, I'll make it short. Ca. got rich from the Pacific Rim Trade. As the fortunes of China go down, so do the fortunes of Ca,,, and Australia.
Gas is about $ 2.70,,,, eggs are about $ 2.20,,,
I've been writing about the economy for 10 years. Here is a link to the most recent page on the blog.
The most immediate thing that you should watch is the battle over the debt ceiling and budget. I can probably answer any questions that you might have.
BTW, with chips at $ 25 a ton, you have to think twice about gathering logs,,,, cutting,,,, drying,,,,building a chipper and doing all the work.