History UsefulNotes / California

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]].
22nd Dec '16 4:25:44 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* Infamously expensive housing, especially in the UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Bay Area.

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* Infamously expensive housing, Exorbitant housing costs, especially in the UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Bay Area.
22nd Dec '16 4:25:32 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* Infamously expensive housing, especially in the UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Bay Area.
26th Nov '16 3:07:34 PM igordebraga
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* Earthquakes.

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* Earthquakes. Which fiction [[CaliforniaCollapse often elevates to cataclysmic levels]].
25th Nov '16 4:40:42 PM nombretomado
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* '''Bodega Bay:''' A [=CDP=] on the eastern side of Bodega Harbor that was the location of the Alfred Hitchcock-directed film, ''TheBirds''. The town markets itself with the film in many ways, including a ''Birds''-themed visitor center. Scenes from ''Film/TheFog'' and ''Film/TheGoonies'', and ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' were filmed here as well. Historically notable as the site of the first Russian structures in California (predating Fort Ross to the north by several years).

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* '''Bodega Bay:''' A [=CDP=] on the eastern side of Bodega Harbor that was the location of the Alfred Hitchcock-directed film, ''TheBirds''.''Film/TheBirds''. The town markets itself with the film in many ways, including a ''Birds''-themed visitor center. Scenes from ''Film/TheFog'' and ''Film/TheGoonies'', and ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' were filmed here as well. Historically notable as the site of the first Russian structures in California (predating Fort Ross to the north by several years).
9th Nov '16 10:42:24 AM nombretomado
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* {{Zeerust}}: The "Googie" or "Raygun Gothic" style of architecture of the TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]] looks ripped straight out of ''TheJetsons'' and is still found in some areas. Historical societies have formed with the sole purpose of protecting it. A lot of California was effectively built in the mid-20th century, so it figures.

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* {{Zeerust}}: The "Googie" or "Raygun Gothic" style of architecture of the TheFifties and [[TheSixties Sixties]] looks ripped straight out of ''TheJetsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' and is still found in some areas. Historical societies have formed with the sole purpose of protecting it. A lot of California was effectively built in the mid-20th century, so it figures.
21st Aug '16 5:20:03 PM Nightsky
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* '''Castroville:''' A town near Monterey that is called the Artichoke Capital of the world, and crowned a pre-stardom Marilyn Monroe as their first Artichoke Queen.

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* '''Castroville:''' A town near Monterey that is called the Artichoke Capital of the world, and crowned a pre-stardom Marilyn Monroe as their first Artichoke Queen. One of the kids on ''Series/StrangerThings'' sports a Castroville Artichoke Festival t-shirt.
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