It's this way in much of Colorado. Largely because of the influx of Californians. They come in cash rich, selling their overpriced Cali homes. They drive up property values and then immediately begin the process of voting to halt development.
I have a house outside of Durango. Same situation. Now they have started building eye sore "condominiums" along the rivers and mountains for more affordable housing. Meanwhile, they live in beautiful houses in the tony areas north of Durango.
Californians are like locusts.
The liberalism here is a bit different from California's. I think it is more utilitarian. Liberals here mostly voted for Obama for affirmative action and the myth that he wants to help women and the middle class. Liberal Californians that I have the misfortune of working are more utopian They believe in the dictatorship by the scientific / technological elite. I think that's why they are so obsessed with central planning.
“Californians are like locusts”
No. Those are the same locusts that came to California years ago and destroyed it. They are just doing what locusts do. They came from all over the country.