tr.v. de·cant·ed, de·cant·ing, de·cants
To pour off (wine, for example) without disturbing the sediment.
To pour (a liquid) from one container into another.
[Medieval Latin d*canth"re : Latin d*-, de- + Latin canthus, rim of a wheel or vessel ( of Celtic origin).]
de.can·taZtion (d*.k#n-t"ZshMn) n.
Regular readers of this humble blog knew this was coming. When you decant a fine wine you leave the objectional sediment behind. That's what has been happening to this State.
The LATimes reports:
The annual study by the Department of Finance showed that 89,000 more people moved out of California than moved here from elsewhere in the United States. California's population did grow in fiscal 2007 -- but the growth rested on births and the arrival of more than 200,000 immigrants from other countries.
The shift dovetails with the state's weakening economy and is most likely related, said Howard Roth, chief economist for the Department of Finance.
The Ventura Star says:
Ventura County continued to grow very slowly last year, fueled by a steady increase in births coupled with an influx of foreign immigration that barely neutralized the exodus of residents to other counties and states.
...the county experienced a fourth consecutive year of domestic out-migration, meaning that more residents moved out of Ventura County to other parts of the state and country than moved in. They estimated this year's net exodus to be 3,150 people — down from a loss of 3,832 in 2006 and 5,216 in 2005.
The trend, said Bill Watkins, executive director of the UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project, is a reflection of economic reality: high housing prices coupled with fewer opportunities to land a job that pays enough to afford a house.
"Opportunities are declining," he said, noting layoffs at the county's two largest private employers, Amgen Inc. and Countrywide Financial Corp.
What they both carefully sidestep is the mix of exactly who left and who came. That is a sensitive issue best left to bloggers and other honest sources of real reportage. I'll let some other people chime in before rendering my opinion of the magnitude of this disaster.