I used to live in Fresno. Getting a permit there was next to impossible. Nowdays its like a war zone down there from what friends tell me.
Several years ago the county sheriff here was on tv and said" Since we are so short staffed, we would prefer the people living in the outlying areas handle their own problems if possible." At that time there were 2 deputies patroling at night for the whole county. Of course there were only about 50,000 people in the county. Today response time where I live is between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Even the EMTs take 20 minutes to get here.