History UsefulNotes / California

5th Jun '18 8:10:15 AM imaithebadass
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A state this awesome attracts people, and close to 39 million people call the Golden State home (by comparison, Canada has a population of 36 million). Demographically speaking, southern California is home to the second-largest city in the USA, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Northern California is home to its most visited city, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, as well as numerous left-leaning small towns, rich veins of gold, and the traditional State Capital No One's Ever Heard Of (Sacramento). Northern California also has the distinction of hosting an abundance of environmentally-conscious yuppies living cheek-by-jowl with an abundance of prickly survivalists.

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A state this awesome attracts people, and close to over 39 million people call the Golden State home (by comparison, Canada has a population of 36 million). Demographically speaking, southern California is home to the second-largest city in the USA, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Northern California is home to its most visited city, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, as well as numerous left-leaning small towns, rich veins of gold, and the traditional State Capital No One's Ever Heard Of (Sacramento). Northern California also has the distinction of hosting an abundance of environmentally-conscious yuppies living cheek-by-jowl with an abundance of prickly survivalists.



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. California's liberals desire greater autonomy within the Union[[note]] 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[[/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]].

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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. California's liberals desire greater autonomy within the Union[[note]] This may have something to do with California's economy, which in GDP terms is the sixth fifth largest ''in the world''--behind only the United States itself sans California's contribution, China, Japan, and Germany, the United Kingdom, and just ahead of ''France''--and ''United Kingdom''--and its population, which is the 35th-largest[[/note]], 36th-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]].
7th May '18 1:09:18 AM MSK42
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* '''Merced:''' The county seat [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment of Merced County]], this city is named after the Merced River, which flows nearby. Nicknamed "Gateway to Yosemite," it's a less than two hour drive to Yosemite National Park to the east and Monterey Bay to the west.

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* '''Merced:''' The county seat [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment of Merced County]], this city is named after the Merced River, which flows nearby. Nicknamed "Gateway to Yosemite," it's a less than two hour drive to Yosemite National Park to the east and Monterey Bay to the west. Also home to the newest University of California.
7th May '18 1:07:36 AM MSK42
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* A massive drought--which officially ended in 2017, when it rained so much that they were worried about dams breaking, and one (Oroville) ''almost did''.

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* A massive drought--which officially ended in 2017, when it rained so much that they were worried about dams breaking, and one (Oroville) ''almost did''. did'', only for it to come back the very next year in 2018.
28th Apr '18 9:41:26 PM ThatFanwiththeGlasses
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** There is currently an initiative to split California into three states, split roughly evenly by population: Northern California, containing Sacramento and the Bay Area up to the Oregon border, [[ShapedLikeItself California]], consisting of the coastal region from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo, and Southern California, containing the rest of the state. Unlike previous attempts, this proposal has received enough signatures to appear on the ballot for voting. [[SeriousBusiness Twice the required amount of signatures.]]
6th Mar '18 8:52:36 AM HotelCalifornia
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** Oakland PD also as a similar reputation.

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** Oakland PD also as has a similar reputation.
6th Mar '18 8:50:57 AM HotelCalifornia
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**Oakland PD also as a similar reputation.
26th Feb '18 9:13:57 AM LentilSandEater
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** Interstate 280 in the Bay Area, which runs alongside hills and a lake that occasionally gets enveloped in rolling fog. A possible subversion in that it's often less traffic-jammed than the roughly-parallel U.S. 101 route.

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** Interstate 280 in the Bay Area, which runs alongside hills and a lake that occasionally gets enveloped in rolling fog. A possible subversion in that it's It's often less traffic-jammed than the roughly-parallel U.S. 101 route.
25th Feb '18 9:50:48 PM nombretomado
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** '''Santa Ynez Valley:''' AKA "Wine Country" ([[RecycledInSpace In SoCal]]!). A mass of small, rural towns such as Buellton, Los Olivos, and the heavily Danish-themed Solvang. Became better known after ''{{Sideways}}''[[note]]read: ''advertisement''[[/note]] featured the massive vineyards and RealLife SceneryPorn, [[INeedAFreakingDrink among other things]]. To quote [[Film/{{Grindhouse}} Rosario Dawson]] (they filmed the chase scene in the backroads of the valley):

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** '''Santa Ynez Valley:''' AKA "Wine Country" ([[RecycledInSpace In SoCal]]!). A mass of small, rural towns such as Buellton, Los Olivos, and the heavily Danish-themed Solvang. Became better known after ''{{Sideways}}''[[note]]read: ''Film/{{Sideways}}''[[note]]read: ''advertisement''[[/note]] featured the massive vineyards and RealLife SceneryPorn, [[INeedAFreakingDrink among other things]]. To quote [[Film/{{Grindhouse}} Rosario Dawson]] (they filmed the chase scene in the backroads of the valley):
14th Dec '17 8:40:39 AM nlpnt
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* '''Baker:''' A [=CDP=] located in the Mojave Desert between Barstow and Las Vegas, that is home to the worlds tallest thermometer and the Mad Greek's Diner.

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* '''Baker:''' A [=CDP=] located in the Mojave Desert between Barstow and Las Vegas, that is home to the worlds tallest thermometer and thermometer, the Mad Greek's Diner.Diner and no fewer than seven gas stations. This is because it's at the crossroads between I-15 and CA-127 (through Death Valley) and many stretches where you *do not* want to run out of gas.
14th Dec '17 8:35:36 AM nlpnt
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* '''Beverly Hills:''' An affluent city, which together with West Hollywood (below) is surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles; home to numerous Hollywood celebrities. See ItCameFromBeverlyHills for works with this city's name in it.

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* '''Beverly Hills:''' An affluent city, which together with West Hollywood (below) is surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles; home UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. America's shallowest city, literally - it seceded so they could have their own police and schools while almost everything below roadbed/basement level was left either to the county or regional commissions dominated by City of LA representatives, which wasn't an issue until they started talking about an east-west subway. Home to numerous Hollywood celebrities. See ItCameFromBeverlyHills for works with this city's name in it.



* '''West Hollywood:''' A city east of Beverly Hills, with the two collectively surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. The city, like UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, is known for its gay population.

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* '''West Hollywood:''' A city east of Beverly Hills, with the two collectively surrounded entirely by UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. Unlike BH, it's part of the LAPD coverage area and LA Unified School District. The city, like UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, is known for its gay population.
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