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History UsefulNotes / California

10th May '16 12:35:23 AM erforce
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-->---Music/VillagePeople, "Go West"

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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger: Formerly [[LargeAndInCharge the man in charge]]; [[FanNickname dubbed]], inevitably, "The [[{{Terminator}} Governator]]". So much of a point of amusement to other states that it is common [[TheAhnold to adopt his accent]] when talking about California politics.

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* Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger: Formerly [[LargeAndInCharge the man in charge]]; [[FanNickname dubbed]], inevitably, "The [[{{Terminator}} [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Governator]]". So much of a point of amusement to other states that it is common [[TheAhnold to adopt his accent]] when talking about California politics.
5th May '16 10:46:53 AM dmcreif
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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. 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).

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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. 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 '16 1:15:12 AM aye_amber
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* '''Berkeley:''' AKA: San Francisco goes to college. Located in the eastern Bay Area. Not very large, but culturally important out of proportion to its actual size. Home to UC Berkeley. Also known for liberal politics, [[TheSixties Sixties-era]] civil unrest, and protesting students. Lovingly referred to in-state as "The People's Republic of Berkeley" and "Berzerkeley", [[TropeNamer naming]] the liberal half of StrawmanU. See also: GranolaGirl, NewAgeRetroHippie. The flatlands along the Bay however culturally and economically resemble an extension of Oakland.

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* '''Berkeley:''' AKA: San Francisco goes to college. Located in the eastern Bay Area. Not very large, but culturally important out of proportion to its actual size. Home to UC Berkeley. Also known for liberal politics, [[TheSixties Sixties-era]] civil unrest, and protesting students. Lovingly referred to in-state as "The People's Republic of Berkeley" and "Berzerkeley", [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers naming]] the liberal half of StrawmanU. See also: GranolaGirl, NewAgeRetroHippie. The flatlands along the Bay however culturally and economically resemble an extension of Oakland.



* TheAlcatraz: The TropeNamer, arguably the world's most famous prison, sits in the San Francisco Bay. Surprisingly small, and only used as a federal prison for a little under thirty years, but very dramatic and now a national park.

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* TheAlcatraz: The TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s}}, arguably the world's most famous prison, sits in the San Francisco Bay. Surprisingly small, and only used as a federal prison for a little under thirty years, but very dramatic and now a national park.



* CaliforniaDoubling: The TropeNamer. Largely because California is so geographically diverse, it can pass for nearly anywhere in the country if you don't look too hard.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: The TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}. Largely because California is so geographically diverse, it can pass for nearly anywhere in the country if you don't look too hard.



* ValleyGirl: The San Fernando Valley is the TropeNamer. Another life-form indigenous to Southern California.

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* ValleyGirl: The San Fernando Valley is the TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}. Another life-form indigenous to Southern California.
8th Apr '16 9:56:13 AM dmcreif
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California is a big place. It's the third-largest and most populous state in the United States, nearly [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCustomaryMeasurements 800 miles]] from the northern border with Oregon to the southern border with the Mexican state of Baja California. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, and to the east is the state of Nevada on the northern half and Arizona on the southern half. In between these borders lies some of the most gorgeous geography on the face of the Earth, but also nightmarish urban hellscapes and lung-clogging atmosphere. Summing up California in one article would be extremely difficult. It is home to the highest peak of the lower 48 states (Mt. Whitney) and, 76 miles away, the lowest point in North America (Death Valley). California is home to 15 of the 17 types of biomes: vast elevated deserts, beautiful forests of mighty redwoods, valleys of sun-soaked vineyards nestled in golden hills, and majestic snow-capped mountains.

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California is a big place. Welcome to California. It's the third-largest and most populous state in the United States, States (second largest in the Lower 48), nearly [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCustomaryMeasurements 800 miles]] from the northern border with Oregon to the southern border with the Mexican state of Baja California. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, and to the east is the state of Nevada on the northern half and Arizona on the southern half. In between these borders lies some of the most gorgeous geography on the face of the Earth, but also nightmarish urban hellscapes and lung-clogging atmosphere. Summing up California in one article would be extremely difficult. It is home to the highest peak of the lower 48 states (Mt. Whitney) and, 76 miles away, the lowest point in North America (Death Valley). California is home to 15 of the 17 types of biomes: vast elevated deserts, beautiful forests of mighty redwoods, valleys of sun-soaked vineyards nestled in golden hills, and majestic snow-capped mountains.
2nd Apr '16 4:19:56 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* '''Daly City:''' Sitting between San Francisco and South San Francisco, this hillside city is well-known for its high proportion of Filipino residents.
30th Mar '16 3:47:37 PM Korados
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On that note, despite its reputation, California is a very politically mixed place. The California coast, particularly UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, 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]]

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On that note, despite its reputation, California is a very politically mixed place. The California coast, particularly UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Los Angeles and UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, 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]]
2nd Mar '16 1:19:21 AM Watermist
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* AlienSky: Due to the pollution, on select days, the sky in Los Angeles is a wan shade of yellow. On the flip side, the sunsets sometimes beggar the descriptions of even the purple-est of PurpleProse.

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* AlienSky: Due to the pollution, on select days, the sky in Los Angeles (and much more often in the Central Valley's towns and cities) is a wan shade of yellow. On the flip side, the sunsets sometimes beggar the descriptions of even the purple-est of PurpleProse.
28th Feb '16 3:52:19 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* HappyRain: If there's any amount of rain, expect people to cheer about it like their favorite sports team just won. If there's a torrential downpour, expect people to wonder if they're dreaming.
27th Jan '16 7:44:06 AM Morgenthaler
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** Part of this is because of California's varied terrain (good for training) and the fact that the state is just so freaking huge, but the Air Force bases can also be written off to our fabulous weather. California also makes for a natural stepping-off point into the Pacific Ocean and towards Asia, which have both played major parts in American foreign affairs since the SpanishAmericanWar.

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** Part of this is because of California's varied terrain (good for training) and the fact that the state is just so freaking huge, but the Air Force bases can also be written off to our fabulous weather. California also makes for a natural stepping-off point into the Pacific Ocean and towards Asia, which have both played major parts in American foreign affairs since the SpanishAmericanWar.UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar.
25th Jan '16 2:45:28 PM randomguy566
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* '''UsefulNotes/LosAngeles:''' [[CaliforniaDoubling So much to say]] that it has its own article, but is best described [[SoCalization here]]. It's the largest city in California and the largest city on the West Coast, and its major metropolitan area spreads much farther. The city is central to the American film and television industries, making its culture perhaps the most influential of any city in the world. It's also a tremendous cultural crossroads and melting pot in its own right completely aside from the entertainment industry, being home to so many national and ethnic groups that it often has the largest population of many nationalities living abroad anywhere in the world. With four major league teams of various sports, plus two universities with insanely successful sports programs, the city has proven unwilling to shell out any more cash for an NFL team.

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* '''UsefulNotes/LosAngeles:''' [[CaliforniaDoubling So much to say]] that it has its own article, but is best described [[SoCalization here]]. It's the largest city in California and the largest city on the West Coast, and its major metropolitan area spreads much farther. The city is central to the American film and television industries, making its culture perhaps the most influential of any city in the world. It's also a tremendous cultural crossroads and melting pot in its own right completely aside from the entertainment industry, being home to so many national and ethnic groups that it often has the largest population of many nationalities living abroad anywhere in the world. With four major league teams of various sports, plus two universities with insanely successful sports programs, the city has proven unwilling to shell out any more cash for an NFL team. [[http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14558668/st-louis-rams-relocate-los-angeles That's why there's Inglewood to fill in that gap.]] Hey, [[Music/TupacShakur Tupac]] said, "Inglewood's always up to no good."
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