Review of Paradise, California


The Real Deal on Paradise
Star Rating - 5/4/2008
Paradise is, to be bluntly honest, a typical small community replete with the nepotism, divisive politics and lack of vision that have inhibited economic and cultural development. Resisting an infusion of new blood and ideas in favor of a good old boy system and business as usual it is a stagnant town and will continue to be so.

Paradise’s myopic view of itself has equated into a lack of economic growth and consequently new employment. What jobs are available, public and private alike, pay a wage far below the cost of living for the area, offer no benefits and all too frequently are filled based on relationships and favors owed. Only neighboring Chico offers any opportunity for employment but, unfortunately, as it is a university town, college students will work for far less “dumbing down” wages and benefits for workers with families. As a result Paradise has been unable to be little more than a retirement community as it and its larger metro neighbor offer no opportunities for its younger residents and, in particular, new residents.

Prices for goods and services in Paradise, including those of the few national chains in the area, are not on par with wages in the area with food and fuel prices exceptionally higher than average. This may be in part due to not only the lack of choices but because Paradise is along no major routes between major metropolitan areas requiring that goods delivered are diverted to the area.

Drug related crimes, such as burglary and theft, as are the case in most economically depressed communities, have been high disproportionately high in Paradise. Methamphetamine is such a major issue that the Butte County Sheriff’s Department exhausted all of its inmate medical funding for one year within a matter of a few months treating “meth mouth” among its jail population.

On the subject of crime and law enforcement, the Paradise Police Department is currently under investigation by the FBI for excessive force. The department’s use of deadly force to its population size is disproportionate and the department has had a reputation for employing “cowboys”.

Those who wish rural mountain retirement ,or are self-employed, with lower housing prices, minimal crime, quiet neighborhoods, a home owners’ association that provides amenities while maintaining a desirable community, including nearby golfing, viewing wildlife, light winter snows and an overall better lifestyle should consider Magalia just a few miles further up the ridge from Paradise.

Jack | Magalia, CA | Send Message
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Your idea of Paradise, California is wrong. This article is biased. Not surprisingly, residents here believe that your take of Magalia should be Paradise's description and not the other way around.
Abhd | Lake Havasu City, AZ | Send Message

At least in Paradise you can get one of those "cowboys" to come to the schene in a matter of minutes, where as in Magalia, depending on where the Butte County Sheriff is, could take an hour. By the time BCS gets to the scene, you could be dead. Crime in BOTH Magalia and Paradise are comparable. BOTH communites are suffering major ecomonic blows, and BOTH communites are over run with meth use as well as marijuana and prescription medication. BOTH communities are known as Hydrocodone Heights! Magalia is NO safer than Paradise, IMHO. Where exactly do the Ridge Runners run, they move from Magalia to Paradise and Paradise to Sterling City, and Inskip then RUN their drugs to the valley! The truth is, Butte County is the MOST corrupt county in the state of California, and everyone knows it. The Town of Paradise focuses on the wrong issues, they worry more about how many banners are hanging from a business and less on the stagnant economic crisis. Is Magalia different?
Allie | Paradise, CA | Send Message
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