History UsefulNotes / California

26th Jun '17 6:44:22 PM nombretomado
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* OminousFog: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tule_fog Tule fog of the Central Valley]] is one of the unique hazards during winter and could be the TropeCodifier. TheOtherWiki claims this is responsible for most weather related vehicular accidents. Visibility can and will drop below 20 feet.

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* OminousFog: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tule_fog Tule fog of the Central Valley]] is one of the unique hazards during winter and could be the TropeCodifier. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki claims this is responsible for most weather related vehicular accidents. Visibility can and will drop below 20 feet.
27th May '17 10:31:26 AM YT45
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On that note, despite its reputation, California is a very politically mixed place. The California coast, particularly Los Angeles and San Francisco, is indeed characterized by social liberalism, although they are more moderate/conservative on fiscal issues. Its inland counties, meanwhile, are made up of provincial backwaters and farming communities that retain very traditionalist views of politics and culture and vote strongly Republican. [[note]]Politics of inner California are gradually turning less conservative from the turn of the millenium, particularly in the Central Valley and south of the eastern border with Nevada. This is primarily due to the increasing Mexican American populations in those areas.[[/note]]
This leads to a certain amount of internal political conflict split down rural vs. urban and coastal vs. inland lines, while producing a political culture that is generally averse to high taxes. Beyond that, the northern and southern parts of the state are always arguing over who gets the water. One thing almost all Californians agree on, however, is a desire for greater autonomy within the Union. This may have something to do with California's economy, which in GDP terms is the sixth largest ''in the world'' (behind only the United States itself sans California's contribution, China, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, and just ahead of ''France''), and its population, which is the 35th-largest.

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On that note, despite its reputation, California is a very politically mixed place. The California coast, particularly Los Angeles and San Francisco, is indeed characterized by social liberalism, although they are more moderate/conservative on fiscal issues. Its inland counties, meanwhile, are made up of provincial backwaters and farming communities that retain very traditionalist views of politics and culture and vote strongly Republican. [[note]]Politics of inner California are gradually turning less conservative from the turn of the millenium, particularly in the Central Valley and south of the eastern border with Nevada. This is primarily due to the increasing Mexican American populations in those areas.[[/note]]
areas, though at the same time, some of those same people are becoming more conservative, with the net result being a bit closer to the center[[/note]]
This leads to a certain amount of internal political conflict split down rural vs. urban and coastal vs. inland lines, while producing a political culture that is generally averse to high taxes. Beyond that, the northern and southern parts of the state are always arguing over who gets the water. One thing almost all Californians agree on, however, is a California's liberals desire for greater autonomy within the Union. Union[[note]] This may have something to do with California's economy, which in GDP terms is the sixth largest ''in the world'' (behind world''--behind only the United States itself sans California's contribution, China, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, and just ahead of ''France''), and ''France''--and its population, which is the 35th-largest.
35th-largest[[/note]], while California's conservatives would like to see the state split up into three or four smaller ones[[note]] Complaints abound that Los Angeles and San Francisco own the state government and to hell with what everyone else wants. [[BothSidesHaveAPoint Those urban areas do hold a very sizeable chunk of the voting population, but rural residents frequently resent having things like gun restrictions, gas taxes, etc. dictated to them by cities they don't live in that are hundreds of miles away]][[/note]]. Gun control and immigration policy are contentious issues, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment suffice it to say]].



* Wildfires.

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* Wildfires.Wildfires, more or less TruthInTelevision. Most fires are relatively small, but big ones happen every year. See UsefulNotes/WildlandFirefighting.



* [[AmericanGunPolitics Strong gun control]]. [[note]]Increasingly this is changing however, as gun-owners are able to afford better lawyers, and have recently undermined many long-standing laws.[[/note]]

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* [[AmericanGunPolitics Strong gun control]]. [[note]]Increasingly this is changing however, as gun-owners more Californians of all political stripes are able to afford better lawyers, becoming gun owners, and have recently undermined many long-standing laws.the state's strict laws face are regularly challenged on Constitutional grounds. The state government and most powerful cities remain firmly anti-gun. This is probably the single most hotly-contested issue in California right now, with the possible exception of immigration.[[/note]]



* An [[MindScrew incomprehensible]], [[FlatWhat traffic-clogged]] [[http://www.inetours.com/Los_Angeles/Images/maps/LA-Arpts-FreWa.gif freeway system]]. Southern Californians make things less complicated by referring to numbered freeways with the definite article (e.g. "the 5", "the 101") and never differentiating between interstates and non-interstate freeways, since their numbers never overlap. They're also on a first-name basis with their local interchanges, such as the [=MacArthur=] Maze, the Orange Crush, the Four-Level, Stonehenge, etc. When one of them gets closed, it can cause enough havoc to get its own moniker, such as Carmageddon.
* Related to the above, [[DrivesLikeCrazy the drivers]] and "rush hour".

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* An [[MindScrew incomprehensible]], [[FlatWhat traffic-clogged]] [[http://www.inetours.com/Los_Angeles/Images/maps/LA-Arpts-FreWa.gif freeway system]]. Southern Californians make things less complicated by referring to numbered freeways with the definite article (e.g. "the 5", "the 101") and never differentiating between interstates and non-interstate freeways, since their numbers never overlap. They're also on a first-name basis with their local interchanges, such as the [=MacArthur=] Maze, the Orange Crush, the Four-Level, Stonehenge, etc. When one of them gets closed, it can cause enough havoc to get its own moniker, such as Carmageddon.
Carmageddon[[note]] This NamingConvention part is a feature unique to the LA area[[/note]].
* Related to the above, [[DrivesLikeCrazy the drivers]] and "rush hour". In RealLife, people drive much more aggressively in Los Angeles than in San Diego or the Central Valley (both which are also noticeably less congested), while San Francisco is populated by [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal Maniacs]] with motor vehicles.



* A massive drought.

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* A massive drought.drought--which officially ended in 2017, when it rained so much that they were worried about dams breaking, and one (Oroville) ''almost did''.



* '''San Diego:''' The state's oldest major city. A lovely city situated on a unique natural harbor and current home of the San Diego Comic Con. Situated between Tijuana and UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and shows signs (both good and bad) of this, such as terrible freeway traffic. It's California's second largest city, a fact that seems to escape most other Americans, and even other Californians, who often stereotype it as still being a sleepy beach town with a zoo. Birthplace of the San Diego Chicken (aka The Famous Chicken), Jack-In-The-Box, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over-the-line Over-The-Line]]. Thanks to several big Navy and Marine bases nearby, home to the largest concentration of military personnel in the Western United States, most famously depicted in ''Film/TopGun''. Also home to a huge number of undocumented Mexican immigrants in addition to the best Mexican food in the U.S. There may be a relation between the two. The weather in San Diego is also known for being particularly nice year-round. The large military and Latino populations and high concentration of family-friendly attractions tend to give it a reputation for being culturally conservative compared to the rest of the state's big cities, sort of like San Francisco's opposite pole (and politically conservative as well, at least for a coastal California city; if San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego don't all vote the same way on an issue, dollars to doughnuts San Diego is the odd one out). Contrary to popular belief, San Diego is not German for "[[Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy a whale's vagina.]]"

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* '''San Diego:''' The state's oldest major city. A lovely city situated on a unique natural harbor and current home of the San Diego Comic Con. Situated between Tijuana and UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and shows signs (both good and bad) of this, such as terrible freeway traffic.traffic (though nowhere near as bad as the nightmare found on LA's freeways). It's California's second largest city, a fact that seems to escape most other Americans, and even other Californians, who often stereotype it as still being a sleepy beach town with a zoo. Birthplace of the San Diego Chicken (aka The Famous Chicken), Jack-In-The-Box, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over-the-line Over-The-Line]]. Thanks to several big Navy and Marine bases nearby, home to the largest concentration of military personnel in the Western United States, most famously depicted in ''Film/TopGun''. Also home to a huge number of undocumented Mexican immigrants in addition to the best Mexican food in the U.S. There may be a relation between the two. The weather in San Diego is also known for being particularly nice year-round. The large military and Latino populations and high concentration of family-friendly attractions tend to give it a reputation for being culturally conservative compared to the rest of the state's big cities, sort of like San Francisco's opposite pole (and politically conservative as well, at least for a coastal California city; if San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego don't all vote the same way on an issue, dollars to doughnuts San Diego is the odd one out). Contrary to popular belief, San Diego is not German for "[[Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy a whale's vagina.]]"
20th Apr '17 11:10:38 PM imaithebadass
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This leads to a certain amount of internal political conflict split down rural vs. urban and coastal vs. inland lines, while producing a political culture that is generally averse to high taxes. Beyond that, the northern and southern parts of the state are always arguing over who gets the water. One thing almost all Californians agree on, however, is a desire for greater autonomy within the Union. This may have something to do with California's economy, which in GDP terms is the ninth largest ''in the world'' (behind only the United States itself sans California's contribution, China, Japan, Germany, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Italy), and its population, which is the 35th-largest.

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This leads to a certain amount of internal political conflict split down rural vs. urban and coastal vs. inland lines, while producing a political culture that is generally averse to high taxes. Beyond that, the northern and southern parts of the state are always arguing over who gets the water. One thing almost all Californians agree on, however, is a desire for greater autonomy within the Union. This may have something to do with California's economy, which in GDP terms is the ninth sixth largest ''in the world'' (behind only the United States itself sans California's contribution, China, Japan, Germany, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom Kingdom, and Italy), just ahead of ''France''), and its population, which is the 35th-largest.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: With over 35 million people, California is the most populous state in the country.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: With over 35 39 million people, California is the most populous state in the country.
4th Apr '17 5:12:10 PM nombretomado
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* '''Emeryville:''' A city in the eastern Bay Area where the {{Pixar}} Studios is located.

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* '''Emeryville:''' A city in the eastern Bay Area where the {{Pixar}} Creator/{{Pixar}} Studios is located.
29th Mar '17 7:43:40 PM nombretomado
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* '''San Luis Obispo:''' The happiest city in America, at least according to OprahWinfrey. Home to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obsipo (Cal Poly), another top engineering school of the nation in California. Don't try to change major once admitted.

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* '''San Luis Obispo:''' The happiest city in America, at least according to OprahWinfrey.Creator/OprahWinfrey. Home to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obsipo (Cal Poly), another top engineering school of the nation in California. Don't try to change major once admitted.
18th Mar '17 5:46:46 PM nombretomado
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* '''Glendale:''' A city in Los Angeles County between Burbank and Pasadena. Has a large Armenian population. Birthplace of {{Neopets}}.

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* '''Glendale:''' A city in Los Angeles County between Burbank and Pasadena. Has a large Armenian population. Birthplace of {{Neopets}}.{{Website/Neopets}}.
9th Feb '17 4:24:17 PM slvstrChung
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* TheRival: California is often considered to the rival to Texas. They are both one of the largest and most populous states in the Union, both rich in resources with fairly self sufficient economies, and the most important part, California is largely liberal Democrat while Texas is conservative Republican. Denizens of either state are not afraid of badmouthing the other. The rivalry even extends to trying to poach business--Rick Perry, governor of Texas, aired [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGTEGfEoEJo this ad]] encouraging businesses to relocate from California to Texas.

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* TheRival: California is often considered to the rival to Texas. They are both one two of the largest and most populous states in the Union, both rich in resources with fairly self sufficient self-sufficient economies, and the most important part, California is largely liberal Democrat while Texas is conservative Republican. Denizens of either state are not afraid of badmouthing the other. The rivalry even extends to trying to poach business--Rick Perry, governor of Texas, aired [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGTEGfEoEJo this ad]] encouraging businesses to relocate from California to Texas. This rivalry may begin to fade with time, as Texas's big cities are beginning to tilt liberal, the same way California's do.



* SerialKiller: Unfortunately, it's been called the serial killer capital of the US (already renowned for its abundance of serial killers) having (just to name a few) Edmund Kemper, Herbert Mullin, The Zodiac, Richard Chase, the three Freeway Killers, Richard Ramirez, the East Area Rapist, Harvey Glatman, Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, the Hillside Stranglers, the Astrological Murderer, Juan Corona, and Lonnie David Franklin.

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* SerialKiller: Unfortunately, it's been called the serial killer capital of the US (already renowned for its abundance of serial killers) killers), having (just to name a few) Edmund Kemper, Herbert Mullin, The Zodiac, Richard Chase, the three Freeway Killers, Richard Ramirez, the East Area Rapist, Harvey Glatman, Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, the Hillside Stranglers, the Astrological Murderer, Juan Corona, and Lonnie David Franklin.



** On a surface level it's an easy mistake to make, since for decades California's presidential votes, state legislature, and senators have been Democratic. The truth this hides is that California is home to plenty of conservative Republican voters, but the combination of high urban populations and Democratic politicians that are moderate or even conservative themselves has led to the Republican Party slowly losing its footing in the state over time.
* UsefulNotes/SubwaysOfTheUnitedStates: Northern California has UsefulNotes/BayAreaRapidTransit and the San Francisco Municipial Railway (aka MUNI). Southern California has the UsefulNotes/LosAngelesMetroRail.

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** On a surface level it's an easy mistake to make, since for decades California's presidential votes, state legislature, and senators have been Democratic. The truth this hides reality is that California is home to plenty of conservative Republican voters, but the combination of high urban populations populations, strong immigrant presence and Democratic politicians that are moderate or even conservative themselves in and of themselves[[note]]while the Democratic Party is the major liberal party of the American landscape, on a ''global'' scale it is not particularly left-leaning[[/note]] has led to the Republican Party slowly losing its footing in purchase on the state over time.
* UsefulNotes/SubwaysOfTheUnitedStates: Northern California has UsefulNotes/BayAreaRapidTransit and the San Francisco Municipial Railway (aka MUNI). Southern California has the UsefulNotes/LosAngelesMetroRail. (Jokes are inevitably made about a Fresno Area Rapid Transit.)



* ThemeNaming: Cities beginning with Santa or San (Spanish for saint) pervade the state enough to confuse foreigners. The reason for this is that the Spanish were the first Europeans to colonize the area.

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* ThemeNaming: Cities beginning with Santa or San (Spanish for saint) "saint") pervade the state enough to confuse foreigners. The reason for this is that the Spanish were the first Europeans to colonize the area.
14th Jan '17 9:05:54 AM nombretomado
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** '''Marin County:''' Just north of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco; home to redwoods and LucasArts. One of the richest areas of the state.

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** '''Marin County:''' Just north of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco; home to redwoods and LucasArts.Creator/LucasArts. One of the richest areas of the state.
30th Dec '16 10:41:19 PM KnightofNASA
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* NonIndicativeName: "California" literally means "land of the caliph" in Spanish, after a fictional island. Muslims were never a major portion of the population, nor is California an island.
22nd Dec '16 4:26:41 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* '''UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco:''' The financial and legal center of the West Coast and the fourth largest city in the state. The cultural heart of Northern California, well known for its progressive politics, highly educated population, and [[{{Gayborhood}} the size of its LGBT population]]. Its hills, iconic bridges, Victorian architecture, cable cars, and the surrounding natural beauty of San Francisco Bay all around it lead to it regularly being regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in America, if not the most beautiful. Also, it's a county ''as well as'' a city. By order of His Imperial Highness Emperor Joshua Norton I: ''Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word "Frisco", which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars.'' San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city in the country after New York City, with nearly 800,000 people living in only 49 square miles, and is also one of the most expensive to live in. Its perpetual cold fogginess [[SoCalization often surprises visitors.]]

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* '''UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco:''' The financial and legal center of the West Coast and the fourth largest city in the state. The cultural heart of Northern California, well known for its progressive politics, highly educated population, and [[{{Gayborhood}} the size of its LGBT population]]. Its hills, iconic bridges, Victorian architecture, cable cars, and the surrounding natural beauty of San Francisco Bay all around it lead to it regularly being regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in America, if not the most beautiful. Also, it's a county ''as well as'' a city. By order of His Imperial Highness Emperor Joshua Norton I: ''Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word "Frisco", which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars.'' San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city in the country after New York City, with nearly 800,000 people living in only 49 square miles, and is also one of the most expensive to live in. Its perpetual cold fogginess [[SoCalization often surprises visitors.]]]] Planning to work in the tech industry? You [[MemeticMutation must be willing to relocate to San Francisco]].
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