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California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third most extensive (after Alaska and Texas). It is home to the nation's 2nd and 6th largest census statistical areas (Los Angeles metropolitan area and San Francisco Bay Area, respectively), and eight of the nation's fifty most populated cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach and Oakland). The capital city is Sacramento.


California's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east – from the Redwood–Douglas-fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states (after Alaska and Florida). earthquakes are a common occurrence due to the state's location along the Pacific Ring of Fire: about 37,000 are recorded annually.

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FILE PHOTO: Lisa Rogers, a homeless woman, packs up to relocate her camp in Los Angeles, California. EL CAJON, Calif. No good deed goes unpunished. Nine well-meaning people in California have found that out after receiving tickets for giving food to the homeless in a park in El Cajon, KNSD ...

The last thing Democratic leaders want is to hear discouraging words from California, which is key to their efforts to flip 24 GOP congressional seats and win back control of the House in November. The seven seats on the top of the party's priority list -- two in the Central Valley, one in Los Angeles County ...
Earlier today I posted a bunch of charts about California. This was in response to a Kerry Jackson piece in the LA Times arguing that California was screwed up six ways from Sunday, none of which was true. But one thing he mentioned was intrusive land-use regulations. I didn't bother with that one ...
A speeding car in California was hurled into the upper floor of an office building after it hit a road divider, reports say. The crash, which left one half of the vehicle hanging out of the building, occurred early on Sunday morning. Both people in the car survived the crash but suffered minor injuries, according to ...

How to help the victims of the California mudslides. US 101, a major freeway connecting Northern and Southern California, remains closed. It's not clear when the highway -- which officials had said would reopen on Monday -- will be cleared for travel. The exact timing of the freeway's reopening is unknown, ...
A raucous, catcalling audience and volley of sharp political attacks enlivened the first major debate in California's 2018 governor's race Saturday, with front-runner Gavin Newsom taking the brunt of the blows from the candidates on stage. Most of Newsom's rivals tried at the event to chip away his dominant ...
Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That's according to the Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, ...
Alana Pashon Case show a german shepherd at the United Kennel Club California Classic dog show at the Kern County Fairgrounds Saturday. .... Sylvia Chapoulaud, a France native who currently lives in Pasadena, brought her 9-month-old Dutch shepherd Fifi to the California Classic, her first time ...
A doctor and his daughter who died in the arms of her brother were among the 18 people killed in devastating mudslides that brought tragedy and sorrow to the idyllic coastal community of Montecito, California. Other victims included a young mother asleep with her 3-year-old daughter as her 10-year-old ...
Six of the major Democratic and Republican candidates for California met on stage at USC Saturday in a sometimes boisterous forum as the winnowing begins in the race to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown. Their answers reflected the sharp divide between Democrats and Republicans, on issues from the state's ...
Southern California is basking in summer-like heat just days after a storm rolled through that caused deadly mudslides. The National Weather Service says Saturday temperatures were 10 to 20 degrees above normal in many areas. Los Angeles International Airport had a high of 86, breaking a 2014 record ...
Search and rescue teams are working to find seven missing people in Montecito, California following disastrous mudslides there on Tuesday. The storm and mudslides proved fatal to eighteen victims who have been identified so far. The main connector between Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara region, ...
VENTURA, Calif. -- The largest wildfire on record in California was declared contained on Friday, days after mud on the coastal mountain slopes it scorched crashed down on homes during a storm, killing at least 18 people. The Thomas fire was declared 100 percent surrounded after ravaging Ventura and ...
The most recent disaster here in California of course is the heavy rain that has led to mudslides. Rescuers in Santa Barbara County are still trying to find people who are trapped in the mud and debris. Rita Bourbon was at her house in Montecito when the rain started on Monday night. She says at first it ...

Sometimes it seems as if California's cap-and-trade program can't catch a break. It wasn't so long ago that critics were blasting the program as a failure. Its fortunes seemed to hit bottom at the state's May 2016 auction of emission allowances, each of which carries the right to pump 1 million tons of ...
FILE - In this July 15, 2011 file photo, former U.S. Sen. John Tunney, left, stands with his arm around Patrick Kennedy on a pier in Hyannis Port, Mass., before Kennedy was to wed Amy Petitgout at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port later in the day. John Tunney, the former U.S. senator from California, ...
The Thomas Fire ignited on December 4 and has burned about 281,900 acres since then, sending wide swaths of Southern California up in flames. That size is the equivalent of more than Dallas and Miami combined. The cause of the fire remains unknown. However it started, the fire was fueled by strong ...
The number of Californians under 65 who've died of the flu has jumped to 42, compared with nine at the same time last year, state officials said Friday. The flu season, which runs from October through May, typically peaks in February. public health officials say they don't yet know whether the flu season is ...
Most residents of mudslide-ravaged Montecito were under orders to clear out Friday as the search for victims dragged on and crews labored to repair power, water and gas lines as well as clean up massive debris. Even those who didn't lose their homes in the disaster that left at least 18 people dead were ...
"The key factors that make Southern California really susceptible to this kind of threat is that the mountains are tectonically active, so they're actively moving up," he tells O'Dowd. "That's creating shattered rocks and creating really steep slopes, and the vegetation and the climate in the area are adapted to ...
... been many miraculous stories of people lasting many days. We certainly are searching for a miracle right now," Brown said Thursday. "But realistically we suspect that we are going to continue to have discovery of people who were killed in this incident." How to help the victims of the California mudslides ...
Gen. Jeff Sessions' decision to scrap an Obama-era policy that offered legal shelter for state-sanctioned marijuana sales may not necessarily lead to a wave of federal drug busts. But it could crimp California's budding pot industry in another way: by cutting its already-tenuous access to the financial system.
Authorities say six people have been killed in a crash caused by a wrong-way driver on a Northern California highway. Jan. 7, 2018, at ... The California Highway Patrol says it received calls around 12:30 a.m. Sunday about a Chevrolet heading south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Woodland.
"There's going to be huge bottleneck in the distribution network in California at some point," said Terry Blevins, CEO of a security firm and a part-owner of a marijuana distribution company in Southern California. Billions of dollars of pot will need to move through the market in 2018, and "I don't believe there ...
Flooding, Debris Flows and mudslides Possible in California's Burn Areas as First Significant Storm of the Season Takes Aim ... The first significant low-pressure system of the season is expected to blitz through central and Southern California early this week with heavy rainfall, mountain snow and gusty ...
California has among the highest traffic fines and fees in the country - and the steepest consequences for traffic violations are reserved for those who can't afford the fines and fees. This results in crippling debt for the least fortunate Californians, from whom traffic courts have difficulty collecting any fees at all ...
According to the National Weather Service, the first significant storm of the season for California is inbound. It's expected to reach the coast by Monday and could drop 1 to 2 inches over 24 hours along the coasts and valleys and more than twice that in the mountains. The storm spans the state and will dump ...
(Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) For more than a decade, Gustavo Arellano used his perch at OC Weekly to write about the stereotypes and the realities of Mexican-Americans in Southern California -- his "Ask a Mexican" columns were collected into a book and turned into a play ...
A dramatic increase in new housing near transit stations could be on its way across California under new legislation proposed by a Bay Area legislator. Subject to some limitations, the measure would eliminate restrictions on the number of houses allowed to be built within a half-mile of train, light-rail, major ...
Southern California is seeing one of its driest starts to the water year in decades. copyright © 2018, Los Angeles Times · Southern California's water year has been nearly bone dry so far, making some history. EDITION: California | U.S. & World · Local · Entertainment · sports · politics · Opinion · Place An Ad.
California pioneered the legalisation of marijuana for medical use in 1996. But until this year the state's cannabis industry has been largely unregulated. In November 2016, following residents of other states such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon, Californian voters resoundingly approved Proposition ...
For years, corporations have relied on their accountants to sift through the federal tax code, and find exemptions and loopholes to exploit for financial gain. And for just as many years, Democrats have been claimed to irked by the practice. So it's saying something that, faced with financial fallout from the ...
In a statement, Ting said that, "We're at an inflection point: We've got to address the harmful emissions that cause climate change", and noted that vehicles that run on fossil fuels are responsible for nearly 40 percent of California's greenhouse gas emissions. If the bill is passed, the sale of new passenger ...
Supporters of California's newly-minted status as a sanctuary state for illegal aliens have predictably hailed the move as an act of compassion. However, it's time to call this what it truly is: an act of rebellion by a state against the authority of the federal government that will endanger the lives of law ...
For generations, rural Mexico has been the primary source of hired farm labor in the U.S. According to a federal survey, 9 out of 10 agricultural workers in places like California are foreign-born, and more than half are in the U.S. illegally. But farm labor from Mexico has been on the decline. And under the ...
(Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) Each winter, California officials trudge up the Sierra Nevada to measure the snowpack, with news cameras watching closely. Last year, there was a thick blanket of white. This year, the blanket had turned to a crunchy brown. "We would like to have ...
Months of dangerously dry weather in California will come to a close this week as a storm douses much of the state. "Following a prolonged dry spell, some rain is finally going to move into California beginning on Wednesday," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson. Parts of Southern California ...
Anyone who has ever watched the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day, the parade that precedes the Rose Bowl, may have seen the (occasionally) snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains towering in the background. Pasadena, California, where the parade takes place, abuts Los ...
I've put in plenty of time as a California tourist over the years, but 2017 was different. It was the year I finally stood up on a surfboard; tasted the explosive tang of an iced Tomales Bay oyster; rear-ended a luxury sedan near Charo's house; found Bolinas; gobbled a Double-Double, animal style, at the ...
Walmart stores in Sacramento County and across California will soon resume selling ammunition after having their ability to do so temporarily blocked because state officials didn't issue a permit on time. Beginning Jan. 1, all of California's ammunition vendors are required to have a permit from the state ...
Employees give water to people waiting in line to get into MedMen, one of the two Los Angeles area pot shops that began selling marijuana for recreational use under the new California marijuana law today, on January 2, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. Los Angeles and other nearby cities outside of ...
For the hopefuls in California's race for governor, the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles County is as mesmerizing as the blanket of lights that glistens every night from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Long Beach coast. The election will be decided here, where 1 in 4 of the state's voters live. It's diverse ...
Fake road signs put up near California's borders early this week mocked a new law intended to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation. A paper covering placed over a San Bernardino County sign greeted Interstate 15 travelers with "Felons, Illegals and [MS-13] Welcome! Democrats Need The ...
Hola. My name is Gustavo Arellano, and I'm not supposed to love California. In the past decade, as I've adulted my way into my late 30s, I've read hundreds of articles and facebook status updates that proclaim the state as "done," that the "best of us" decamped to the suburbs of Texas, Arizona, Colorado, ...
Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here's the sign-up.) Browse California real estate listings and you will see impeccably staged houses with kitchens and living rooms that Martha Stewart may as well have designed. It's a different picture when you look at property ads in Santa Rosa.
Last week, education Department officials told California that it needed to make several changes to its plan for holding schools accountable. The heart of that plan is its "dashboard" of color-coded dots that are supposed to indicate how well a school is functioning, using metrics such as scores on the state's ...
As is often the case, these are small-production wines. But fear not. Other good examples come from Tablas Creek, Bonny Doon, Edmunds St. John, Ridge, Birichino, A Tribute to Grace, Skinner and Broc Cellars. Ask at a good wine shop for a California grenache or grenache blend, and you may find even ...


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