Things will change. I believe it’s better in California already. We live here in the valley- a very depressed area both historically and during the recent 2008 + crunch. Yet it was booming here during the real estate boom, just like elsewhere. But, this past three months, it seems there are increases in sales, building, and jobs here. It isn’t pefect. Commercial spaces, some new, sit empty. And a neighbor has been out of work 2 years and is not hopeful. But, he is in a tough age group, late 50’s, and has turned down lower paying work.