The 1996 Scorecard for Southern California shows whether specific conditions warrant a green light for“favorable,” yellow light for “neutral” or red light for “unfavorable.” Each facet received an additional grade of plus, minus or zero to indicate whether the trend was progressing, reversing or holding constant.

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SECTOR CONDITION TREND COMMENTS
Children
Some indicators are positive, but others (health, safety, emotional well-being) are deteriorating
Crime & Violence
+
Some improvement, but still a major detriment to Southern California quality of life (especially in Los Angeles County).
Culture
+
Rapidly expanding, to keep up with population growth and rising diversity of lifestyles and interests.
Economy
+
Southern California is a major employment center, but economic restructuring has created many low-wage, low-skill service sector jobs.
Education
0
Public schools are in a long-term crisis.
Environment
+
Notable success in air and water quality, but challenge to maintain gains. Threats to open space conservation and biodiversity.
Governance
Fragmented government threatened by secession, charter reform prospects and new grassroots movements.
Immigration
+
Rates of documented and undocumented immigration are declining, but the situation is volatile, complicated by state and national politics.
International Links
+
Likely to grow in importance as the Pacific Century unfolds.
Mental Health
Public care system serves a disproportionate share of most severe cases. Lack of treatment connected to rise in homelessness.
Migration
0
Net domestic rates hover around zero, reducing pressures on housing and stabilizing unemployment rates.
Population
0
Growth in Southern California will likely continue, but where will it go? Population diversity is a plus.
Poverty & Welfare
Poverty rates and welfare rolls are at record highs. Impending welfare reforms introduce high levels of uncertainty and volatility into the system.
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