History UsefulNotes / California

8th Oct '17 1:55:35 AM erforce
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-->--- '''Music/VillagePeople''', "Go West"

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30th Sep '17 4:22:14 PM Temmere
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** '''Mono Lake:''' A large, shallow, alkaline, saline lake that is just east of Yosemite Natl Park. This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on Mono Lake brine shrimp and provides critical habitat for migratory birds that feed on the shrimp. It's also notable for the striking tufa [[http://beautifulplacestovisit.com/lakes/mono-lake-california-usa/ "towers"]] found there.

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** '''Mono Lake:''' A large, shallow, alkaline, saline lake that is just east of Yosemite Natl Park. This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on Mono Lake brine shrimp and provides critical habitat for migratory birds that feed on the shrimp. It's also notable for the striking tufa [[http://beautifulplacestovisit.com/lakes/mono-lake-california-usa/ [[http://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/05/the-majestic-tufa-towers-of-mono-lake.html "towers"]] found there.
21st Sep '17 11:00:14 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** California drivers created the motor vehicle term "California Roll." No, not the [[HollywoodCuisine sushi]],
the habit of only slowing to a crawl at stop signs before speeding back up again. Also called a "California Stop."

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** California drivers created the motor vehicle term "California Roll." No, not the [[HollywoodCuisine sushi]],
sushi]], the habit of only slowing to a crawl at stop signs before speeding back up again. Also called a "California Stop."
21st Sep '17 10:52:21 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** California drivers created the motor vehicle term "California Roll." No, [[HollywoodCuisine not that California Roll.]] [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=california+roll This one.]]
** A joke was made in regards to what was dubbed as "The California Stop"; a person never fully comes to a complete stop at a stop sign, but rather lets the car crawl along for a few inches on momentum before picking up speed and continuing along the way. As with the speeding example above, Californians may road rage when someone in front of them does come to a complete stop.
--> ''A police officer pulls over a car and approaches the driver. "Sir, do you know why I pulled you over? You drove through that stop sign back there." The motorist replies "What do you mean? I came to a complete stop." The cop responds "No, you only slowed down to a crawl. You didn't come to a complete stop." The motorist become belligerent and argues back, but the cop tells him to step out of the car. As soon as he exits the car, the cop pulls out his club and starts beating him down on the ground. The motorist pleads for him to stop, to which the cop responds: "Do you want me to stop, or just slow down?"''
** Another joke says if you can learn how to drive in Los Angeles or San Francisco, you can drive ''anywhere'' without problem.

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** California drivers created the motor vehicle term "California Roll." No, not the [[HollywoodCuisine not that California Roll.]] [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=california+roll This one.]]
** A joke was made in regards to what was dubbed as "The California Stop"; a person never fully comes
sushi]],
the habit of only slowing
to a complete stop at a stop sign, but rather lets the car crawl along for a few inches on momentum at stop signs before picking up speed and continuing along the way. As with the speeding example above, Californians may road rage when someone in front of them does come to a complete stop.
--> ''A police officer pulls over a car and approaches the driver. "Sir, do you know why I pulled you over? You drove through that stop sign
back there." The motorist replies "What do you mean? I came to up again. Also called a complete stop." The cop responds "No, you only slowed down to a crawl. You didn't come to a complete stop." The motorist become belligerent and argues back, but the cop tells him to step out of the car. As soon as he exits the car, the cop pulls out his club and starts beating him down on the ground. The motorist pleads for him to stop, to which the cop responds: "Do you want me to stop, or just slow down?"''
** Another joke says if you can learn how to drive in Los Angeles or San Francisco, you can drive ''anywhere'' without problem.
"California Stop."



** While the locals joke around about this, drivers in San Diego have a problem whenever it rains because it rains so infrequently that a depressing number of native drivers don't really know how to handle it.
*** Defining "infrequently": It's common for ''up to nine months'' to pass between rainy days in San Diego. This compounds the driving problems because, during these dry spells, roads accumulate oil and gasoline dripped by poorly-maintained vehicles. When the first rains finally come after a long dry spell, all of that petroleum starts washing up from the pavement. In other words, for the first half-hour or so into a fresh rainstorm, you're driving around on a gigantic oil slick.

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** While the locals joke around about this, drivers in San Diego have a problem whenever it rains because it rains so infrequently that a depressing number of native drivers don't really know how to handle it.
*** Defining "infrequently":
It's common for ''up to nine months'' to pass between rainy days complain that everyone drives like an idiot in San Diego. Southern California during the infrequent rain showers. This compounds the is both because drivers are so unpracticed in driving problems because, during these dry spells, roads accumulate oil in the rain and gasoline dripped by poorly-maintained vehicles. When the first rains finally come after a long dry spell, all of fact that petroleum starts washing up from the pavement. In other words, for the first half-hour or so into a fresh rainstorm, you're driving around on a rain makes gigantic oil slick.slicks out of the petroleum that has accumulated on the road over several months of dryness.



* GhostTown: Many Gold Rush towns that were abandoned after the veins ran out still stand today. They make interesting tourist destinations, and a couple have even been turned into tourist traps. The Knott's Berry Farm amusement park was started when the owner of the farm bought a ghost town and moved it to Orange County as a tourist destination.

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* GhostTown: GhostTown:
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Many Gold Rush towns that were abandoned after the veins ran out still stand today. They make interesting tourist destinations, and a couple have even been turned into tourist traps. The Knott's Berry Farm amusement park was started when the owner of the farm bought a ghost town and moved it to Orange County as a tourist destination.



* 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.

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* HappyRain: If there's any amount of rain, expect Rain is so novel to Southern Californians that people to cheer about treat it like their favorite sports team just won.the fair has come to town. If there's a torrential downpour, expect people to wonder if they're dreaming.



* HeatWave: Prevalent in the inland areas, where summer temperatures above 105 aren't unheard of, though even the coastal cities can blaze on occasion. Specifially, Needles, CA in southeast California (in the Mojave) frequently sets national or even world temperature records.

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* HeatWave: HeatWave:
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Prevalent in the inland areas, where summer temperatures above 105 aren't unheard of, though even the coastal cities can blaze on occasion. Specifially, Needles, CA in southeast California (in the Mojave) frequently sets national or even world temperature records.



* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: If you know some of the "affectionate" nicknames for some places in California.
** Here's one: '''Death Valley'''. Although surprisingly it's not as terrible as you think. Assuming the up to 130F heat isn't terrible to you.

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* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: If you know some of Death Valley doesn't beat around the "affectionate" nicknames for some places in California.
** Here's one: '''Death Valley'''. Although surprisingly it's
bush. It's extremely hot, but not quite as terrible bad as you think. Assuming the up to 130F heat isn't terrible to you.it sounds.



* ItsAlwaysSpring: Southern California has a reputation for being always warm and sunny year-round. While it is a desert, and the winters are very mild compared to most other areas, California does actually get overcast and rainy on occasion, notably during "June gloom." Coastal cities also tend to get marine layer clouds during the mornings. Northern California is much wetter and rainier.

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* ItsAlwaysSpring: Southern California has a reputation for being always warm and sunny year-round. While it is a desert, and the winters are very mild compared to most other areas, California does actually get overcast and rainy on occasion, notably during "June gloom." Coastal It's also common for coastal cities also tend to get have overcast skies most mornings. This is called the marine layer clouds during the mornings.layer, which burns off by mid-day. Northern California is much wetter and rainier.



** Because of an act of arson in the 1960s, Pasadena and other areas of Southern California are infested with "wild" green parrots.
*** Similar flocks live in San Francisco.

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** Because of an act of arson in the 1960s, Pasadena and other areas of Southern California are infested with "wild" green parrots.
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parrots. Similar flocks live in San Francisco.



*** This was the subject of a short story by Terry Pratchett.



* TheRival: California is often considered to the rival to Texas. They are two 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. This rivalry may begin to fade with time, as Texas's big cities are beginning to tilt liberal, the same way California's do.
** The rivalry between California and the cities of the East Coast (such as [[BigAppleSauce New York]] and UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}) also comes up frequently, although this is mainly cultural and less political[[note]]Both regions are pretty solidly in the liberal Democratic camp.[[/note]], with the Northeast generally considering Californians to be weird, laid-back {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s while Cali in turn views East Coasters as stuffy, boring {{UpperClassTwit}}s. In many cases, the hatred between the two sides is not over their respective differences but over how ''similar'' they are to each other. This was taken UpToEleven in the [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG East Coast]]-[[Music/TupacShakur West Coast]] HipHop rivalry.

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* TheRival: TheRival:
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California is often considered to the rival to Texas. They are two 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. This rivalry may begin to fade with time, as Texas's big cities are beginning to tilt liberal, the same way California's do.
** The rivalry between California and the cities of the East Coast (such as [[BigAppleSauce New York]] and UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}) also comes up frequently, although this is mainly cultural and less political[[note]]Both regions are pretty solidly in the liberal Democratic camp.[[/note]], with the political. The Northeast generally considering considers Californians to be weird, laid-back {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s shallow and without culture, while Cali in turn views East Coasters as stuffy, boring overly arrogant {{UpperClassTwit}}s. In many cases, the hatred between the two sides is not over their respective differences but over how ''similar'' they are to each other. This was taken UpToEleven in the [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG East Coast]]-[[Music/TupacShakur West Coast]] HipHop rivalry.rivalry of the 1990s.



* StrawmanPolitical / StrawmanU: California is frequently lambasted and stereotyped in conservative media and blogs. Even when accurate (and they sometimes are), these stereotypes tend to apply only to a portion of the state -- inland California and many suburbs of San Diego and Los Angeles are quite conservative.
** 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 reality is that California is home to plenty of conservative Republican voters, but the combination of high urban populations, strong immigrant presence and Democratic politicians that are moderate or even conservative 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 purchase on the state over time.

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* StrawmanPolitical / StrawmanU: StrawmanPolitical: California is frequently lambasted and stereotyped in conservative media and blogs. Even when accurate (and they sometimes are), these stereotypes tend to apply only to a portion of the state -- inland California and many suburbs of San Diego and Los Angeles are quite conservative.
** 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 reality is that California is home to plenty of conservative Republican voters, but the combination of high urban populations, strong immigrant presence and Democratic politicians that are moderate or even conservative 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 purchase on the state over time.
conservative.



* SurferDude: Everyone assumes that all Californians surf. This is far more likely in Southern California than Northern California, and even so is limited to those who are lucky enough to live close enough to the ocean. For those that are, though, '''a lot''' of them do surf.

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* SurferDude: Everyone assumes that all Californians surf. This is far more likely in Southern California than Northern California, and even so is limited to those who are lucky enough to live close enough to the ocean. For those that are, though, '''a lot''' of them Many coastal Californians do surf.surf, but most just enjoy beating the heat by swimming in the freezing ocean water.



** Many people in Northern California use "hella", like, hella often. It's become used as a adjective, as in "Those are ''hella'' people!" The kid-friendly version is "hecka." Many Southern Californians have dedicated their lives to determining what this word means. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Many have died in the attempt]]. It just means "very" in a grammatical context however.

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** Using the word "like" as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filler_(linguistics) verbal filler]] is a major part of the ValleyGirl stereotype.
** Many people in Northern California use "hella", as an intensifier, like, hella often. It's become used as a adjective, as in "Those are ''hella'' people!" The kid-friendly version is "hecka." Many Southern Californians have dedicated their lives to determining what this word means. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Many have died in the attempt]]. It just means "very" in a grammatical context however.
21st Sep '17 10:22:54 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* '''Santa Ana:''' The county seat of Orange County. It shares its name with the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5), the Santa Ana Mountains, and the infamous Santa Ana winds. America's largest predominantly Spanish-speaking city. Has an awkward relationship with Anaheim; while Anaheim has the trappings of a major city (sports teams, a really big central train station), Santa Ana feels older and bigger.

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* '''Santa Ana:''' The county seat of Orange County. It shares its name with the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5), the Santa Ana Mountains, and the infamous Santa Ana winds. It is the second-largest city in Orange County and America's largest predominantly Spanish-speaking city. Has an awkward relationship with Anaheim; while Anaheim has the trappings of a major The city (sports teams, a really big central train station), Santa Ana feels older features John Wayne Airport, parts of the affluent South Coast Metro area, and bigger.a very trendy downtown of hip gastropubs.
16th Sep '17 4:41:38 PM nombretomado
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* YanksWithTanks: Well, seeing as California's a huge state along the Pacific Coast, naturally it is the home of several extremely large military bases. Fort Irwin and the Marine Corps' Air-Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms are probably the most prominent examples of recent vintage, as the terrain very closely resembles Iraq. Fort Irwin was designated as the Army's National Training Center. The state's incomparable geographic diversity lets the Marine Corps train Marines for both desert ''and'' mountain and arctic warfare in California (at Twentynine Palms and the Mountain Warfare Training Center at Bridgeport in the Sierra Nevadas, respectively). The Navy's largest and busiest West Coast base is in San Diego as well. San Diego is also where boys west of the Mississippi go to become [[SemperFi the few and the proud]], and nearby there are two ''more'' big Marine bases, Camp Pendleton and MCAS Miramar, that are home to the majority of the Marine Corps' Pacific forces. California is glamorous and ElitesAreMoreGlamorous, so naturally west coast SEAL recruits begin their training in Coronado. [[Film/TopGun The best Naval Aviators]] used to, but that school moved to Nevada in the nineties. The Air Force has four major bases: Edwards, Beale, Travis, and Vandenberg, which are each respectively home to some of the Air Force's most significant aircraft testing, unmanned aerial vehicle, air mobility, and space launch activities. And, on the business side, California is home to Lockheed Martin, the company providing both of American's cutting-edge fighter aircraft ([[DevelopmentHell or attempting to]]).
** 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 UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar.
8th Sep '17 11:33:38 AM GrammarNavi
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* [[AmericanGunPolitics Strong gun control]]. [[note]]Increasingly this is changing however, as more Californians of all political stripes are becoming gun owners, and 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]]

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* [[AmericanGunPolitics [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics Strong gun control]]. [[note]]Increasingly this is changing however, as more Californians of all political stripes are becoming gun owners, and 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]]
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.
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