Funny, it's just the opposite for me!! I was born and bred in Los Angeles. I know live in SW Houston (although I'm very familiar with TX City ... we go fishing there all the time!) I really don't like it here, and will be moving back to Cali soon ... although I have no intention of return to Los Angeles (quality of life issues, I guess). I'm looking at the San Diego area.
The whole southern mentality, especially where politics are concerned, took a lot of getting used to. At this time, every high-profile elected position is held by a Republican, and to say the least, that's not only shocking but a very unique experience for me. To say that Dems are disregarding here is an understatement. However, when it comes to going to the polls and voting our conscious, at least here in Houston, the Dems will step up to the place when necessary! The voting to keep Affirmative Action policies was a coup that impressed me greatly! The fight for it was headed by a White Democrat mayor at the time, and he was able to get enough of his constituents to back the Black vote, and we killed the opposition where it stoood!
Still and yet, to counteract this potential "situation" that the Repubs may find themselves in in upcoming elections, they have chosen to press for the Hispanic vote to bolster their numbers, rather than to make a play to woo the Black voter over to their side. Once again, Dems are being disregarded and rather than taking a chance on waking a sleeping giant, they are passing us by, going to what will soon be the majority minority and giving them the kind of attention they have never considered giving to us.
But, 'southern strategy' didn't work in the 1860s, and I'm not so sure it's going to now. It seems the Republicans are not the type that learn from their mistakes. They just go and make new ones so that they can say they didn't repeat the old ones!