At a time when many people have left the Golden State for better economic opportunities, veterinarian Dr. Randall Bondurant has moved his family here and opened a business in Laguna Beach.
Economics had nothing to do with it — his kids' fondness for the University of Southern California did. His oldest daughter graduated from USC in 2009; his second daughter is now at the university, and his two youngest children — another daughter and a son — want to follow suit.
His son, in fact, plays football and has a burning desire to be a Trojan and wear the red and gold.
"Our kids made us decide to relocate," Bondurant said. "We couldn't have ended up in a better place."
The soft-spoken Alabama native says he had a successful three-doctor practice in Atlanta for 23 years before pulling up stakes and following his children to Southern California. After hunting around for a veterinary practice to acquire, he hit upon a small practice on Laguna Canyon Road that happened to have a state-of-the-art surgical suite, a perfect fit for a veterinarian who specializes in difficult surgeries.