Well, I've heard so many great things about the area, including a recent rave about how fantastic Portland is from a trip my quasi-GF made there for work.
So, I finally pulled the trigger on a promotion that I've probably got a decent shot of getting in our office that's in downtown Vancouver near Officers Row. Yes, I know all about the Great Gloom in the Northwest, but I would get a salary bump + no state income tax in Washington state, and... from what I've been able to Google and find online, my COL is going to go down at least a little bit compared to here in Sacramento... seems like the music scene in Portland is also much better than here.
Yes, I know that Vancouver and Portland are very different, but as a 49 year old guy I'm not sure I want to live amongst hipsters anymore and fight the bridges to go to work in Vancouver every day (and pay Oregon's California-like state income tax rate - although you don't have to pay sales taxes, so it all evens out, I'm sure), but having Portland a hop, skip and jump away seems to make a great deal of sense.
I also see a positive in that the public school systems appear to be *much* better (and safer) than what you typically find in California. I'm not that impressed with the schools my children are attending in CT right now - since CT is essentially a suburb of NYC/Boston, the rich that live there have their kids in private schools - not the public school systems, and from what I've heard, the public schools are nothing to write home about in CT either (better than Cali, but not much). Another upside is that you have better airport connections to the East Coast and the rest of the country from PDX vs. SMF. Plus, the more I observe California politics, the more I am convinced this state is headed for complete bankruptcy and total collapse in the near future, and I'm not sure I want to be here when inevitable implosion occurs. More house for your dollar, better schools, lower taxes - yeah, rain sucks but there's always tradeoffs...