History UsefulNotes / California

23rd Jun '16 6:29:59 AM Doug86
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* '''Santa Rosa:''' County seat of Sonoma county, and the largest city in the North Bay, Wine Country, and the North Coast. Long-time home of {{Peanuts}} creator Charles Schulz and noted botanist Luther Burbank.

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* '''Santa Rosa:''' County seat of Sonoma county, and the largest city in the North Bay, Wine Country, and the North Coast. Long-time home of {{Peanuts}} ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} creator Charles Schulz and noted botanist Luther Burbank.



* '''Needles:''' A city located in the Mojave Desert on the western banks of the Colorado River. Named after "The Needles," a group of pointed rocks on the Arizona side of the river. Also one of the least seismically prone cities in California and basically the least seismically prone city in [=SoCal=]. [[{{Peanuts}} Snoopy's brother Spike]] is from here. The 100 miles of I-40 between Needles and Barstow have no gas stations or other service, one of the longest such stretches in the continental US.

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* '''Needles:''' A city located in the Mojave Desert on the western banks of the Colorado River. Named after "The Needles," a group of pointed rocks on the Arizona side of the river. Also one of the least seismically prone cities in California and basically the least seismically prone city in [=SoCal=]. [[{{Peanuts}} [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy's brother Spike]] is from here. The 100 miles of I-40 between Needles and Barstow have no gas stations or other service, one of the longest such stretches in the continental US.
22nd Jun '16 5:53:09 AM gewunomox
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* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: The trope was in part started by the 1947 Hollister, CA riot and the murder at the 1969 RollingStones concert in Altamont, CA. The Trope Namers were founded in California as well (though the specifics are disputed).

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* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: The trope was in part started by the 1947 Hollister, CA riot and the murder at the 1969 RollingStones Music/TheRollingStones concert in Altamont, CA. The Trope Namers were founded in California as well (though the specifics are disputed).
4th Jun '16 12:40:21 PM majoraoftime
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A state this awesome attracts people, and close to 37 million people call the Golden State home (by comparison, Canada has a population of 34 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 37 39 million people call the Golden State home (by comparison, Canada has a population of 34 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.
30th May '16 8:50:02 PM LinkToTheFuture
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** '''Kings Canyon National Park:''' A U.S. National Park that is east of Fresno and north of and contiguous with Sequoia National Park. It preserves several groves of giant sequoia including the including the General Grant Grove, featuring the famous General Grant Tree, and the Redwood Mountain Grove, the largest remaining natural Giant Sequoia grove in the world.

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** '''Kings Canyon National Park:''' A U.S. National Park that is east of Fresno and north of and contiguous with Sequoia National Park. It preserves several groves of giant sequoia including the including the General Grant Grove, featuring the famous General Grant Tree, and the Redwood Mountain Grove, the largest remaining natural Giant Sequoia grove in the world. Also home to the eponymous Kings Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in North America.



** '''Mount Whitney:''' Highest mountain in California and highest point in the contiguous U.S. (Denali in Alaska is the highest point of all in the U.S.). Near Death Valley.
** '''Seqouia National Park:''' A national park east of Visalia and south of and contiguous with Kings Canyon Natl. Park. It is famous for its giant seqouia trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest tree on earth.

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** '''Mount Whitney:''' Highest mountain in California and highest point in the contiguous U.S. (Denali in Alaska is the highest point of all in the U.S.). Near Located in the far eastern portion of Sequoia National Park. Just 80 miles/130 km from Death Valley.
** '''Seqouia '''Sequoia National Park:''' A national park east of Visalia and south of and contiguous with Kings Canyon Natl. Park. It is famous for its giant seqouia sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest tree on earth.earth. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the continental United States, is located on the park's eastern border.
25th May '16 6:20:07 PM zeldafanjtl
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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 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.
10th May '16 12:35:23 AM erforce
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-->---Music/VillagePeople, "Go West"

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-->---Music/VillagePeople, -->--- '''Music/VillagePeople''', "Go West"



* 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.
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