To all of you who currently live in California and are trying to find a teaching job: What is your take on the teaching situation out here? Do you feel hopeful about getting a contract for the upcoming year? or, does it seem even more dismal than last year? Based on our recent state sales tax increase(9.25%..which now makes us the highest taxed state in the nation, nice), our doubling of our vehicle registration, and our increasing unemployment, (10.1%) I'm guarded with my optimism. I'm still applying to schools, but mostly parochial, private schools, as it seems most of the districts are laying off teachers, not hiring. Just wondered what others are thinking at this point.