Despite all the horrible crises we read about every day (budget, education, etc.), Californians have much to be proud of -- the scenic beauty, the diverse culture, and get this: We aren't killing each other as much as we used to.
According to General Attorney Kamala Harris, the total number of homicides declined from 1,970 in 2009 to 1,809 in 2010, a 7.8 percent drop. Moreover, the number of homicide cases solved has increased for the fifth consecutive year, with a 63.8 percent clearance rate in 2010.
The report, titled "Homicide in California 2010" details information about murders and victims as well as the death penalty and the number of police officers killed in the line of duty.
According to the report, 80.3 percent of homicide victims were male, while 19.7 percent were female. Hispanics were murdered more than any other race, followed by blacks.
Other depressing statistics from the report: