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How Chicken Activists in California Broke the Law to Start a Reasonable Debate About Animal Cruelty - Pacific Standard

Under a blue California sky in late May, activists gathered next to Sunrise Farms to enact a carefully choreographed protest. Eighty DxE members swiftly entered the barn and removed 37 birds they knew from earlier undercover investigations to be harmed ...

Saga of same-sex marriage in California: It's legal, but it hasn't been without a fight - The Mercury News

June is big month for weddings, and for legislation about same-sex marriage. On June 16, 2008, clerks in several California counties began issuing marriage licenses to thousands of same-sex couples. That decision was fought in the courts for five years.

California brewery releases new beer called 'LeBron's Tears' - Cleveland 19 News

As if the NBA Finals sweep wasn't enough for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. Now, a San Francisco-based brewery is kicking James while he is down by introducing a new brew made up of his "tears." Barebottle ...

Don't listen to the establishment critics. California's open primary works. - Washington Post

Last month, leading up to California's primary elections, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said “I hate the top-two” open primary system. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said California's top-two system “is not a reform. It ...

Columbia's California Dreaming restaurant damaged in fire Sunday night - Cleveland 19 News

... damaged by a fire that broke out on June 17. (Source: WIS). COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -. California Dreaming, a popular restaurant in Columbia, was damaged in a fire that broke out near closing time Sunday night, according to the Columbia Fire Department.

In California, more and more companies want to recruit autistic employees - Equal Times

Staring at his screen, Dakota Jordan adds the last touches to the cartoon he has been working on assiduously for weeks. “When I am creating, it is as if I suddenly have the world in my hands. It is a feeling of absolute freedom!” explains this young ...

Benicia Museum a key to California history - Fairfield Daily Republic

BENICIA — Solano County is full of the history that helped to build California, according to history buff Larry Lauber. Lauber is one of the volunteers at the Benicia Historical Museum, which houses thousands of items from the beginning of the ...

Gambling on a California split has its allure, but it's too much hassle — and a 'real threat' - Los Angeles Times

Look, here's one attraction for a Sacramentan: The new “Northern California” would be the second-wealthiest state in the nation, ranking only below Connecticut in terms of per capita personal income. The Legislative Analyst's Office pegged it at $63 ...

California Influencers: What can be done to make housing less expensive? - Sacramento Bee

Our readers are telling us housing affordability is a top concern for them. We asked the California Influencers to discuss what can be done to make housing less expensive in California. Mike Madrid, Principal of Grassroots Lab. All policy proposals to ...

Will stronger rent control spread across California? Here's what you need to know. - Sacramento Bee

California voters are set to vote this November on an initiative that would allow California cities and counties adopt stronger rent control laws, which limit how much landlords are allowed to raise rents each year. The Secretary of State's office ...

What Fashion Can Learn From California - The Business of Fashion

Even as America's global influence declines, California remains a magnet for those who believe in change. From the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley, people have long come to California to reinvent themselves, innovate and disrupt, often with the hopes of ...

California ER Doctor Seen On Video Mocking Patient Suspended - CBS Sacramento

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California emergency room doctor has been suspended after cursing and mocking a man who said he had an anxiety attack. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Dr. Beth Keegstra, a contract doctor with El Camino ...

Here's the latest on 5 school safety bills from California lawmakers - EdSource

Following the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., California legislators, like their counterparts around the nation, introduced a number of bills to address school safety. Two bills — one by introduced by a GOP ...

New California owner assumes control of San Diego Union-Tribune - 10News

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An immigrant who once bundled ink-fresh newspapers at a newspaper printing press took control of the San Diego Union-Tribune today, and promised in a letter to readers to fight fake news as if it were cancer. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, ...

Justify arrives back in Southern California -

Undefeated Triple Crown winner JUSTIFY arrived back at trainer Bob Baffert's Southern California homebase at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, one day after parading before fans enjoying the “Downs After Dark” program at Churchill Downs. “It's been great ...

Fire damages California Dreaming restaurant in Columbia - The State

One of the most popular restaurants located near the University of South Carolina was on fire Sunday night. California Dreaming, located on the 400 block of South Main Street with Green's Beverages, near Assembly Street, was the scene of a fire ...

Crews Respond to Fire at California Dreaming in Columbia -

Firefighters responded to a fire at California Dreaming in Columbia Sunday night. Chief Aubrey Jenkins with the Columbia Fire Department says the fire was believed to have started shortly after 10 p.m. Jenkins says the fire appears to have started in ...

Mexico's soccer fans celebrate win in the streets of Southern California - OCRegister

When Mexico's national soccer team won its opening World Cup match against Germany on Sunday, thousands of local fans took to the streets of Southern California to show their pride and celebrate a major upset. About 1,000 revelers gathered along ...

'The Affair' Season 4 Premiere: California Dreamin' - New York Times

(He, too, has moved to California, in order to stay close to the kids.) “That's a little unfair, don't you think?” he asks when she says as much to him; the guy did go to prison for three years on her behalf, taking the rap for a fatal accident during ...

California's expanding care options for Boomers with dementia—but still falling short of the need - The Desert Sun

Rob Lyman of Redwood City didn't know what to do. He was helping his aunt, Sharron Evans, who had early-onset Alzheimer's disease and needed constant supervision. A former teacher, she had run out of money and had no income. She qualified for ...

California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area. Located on the western coast of the U.S., California is bordered by the other U.S. states of Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona and shares an international border with the Mexican state of Baja California. The state capital is Sacramento. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second largest after New York City. The state also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County.

State of California
Flag of California State seal of California
Flag Seal
Nickname(s): The Golden State
Motto(s): Eureka
State song(s): "I Love You, California"
Map of the United States with California highlighted
Official language English
Spoken languages

Demonym Californian
Capital Sacramento
Largest city Los Angeles
Largest metro Greater Los Angeles Area
Area Ranked 3rd
 • Total 163,696 sq mi
(423,970 km)
 • Width 250 miles (400 km)
 • Length 770 miles (1,240 km)
 • % water 4.7
 • Latitude 32°32′ N to 42° N
 • Longitude 114°8′ W to 124°26′ W
Population Ranked 1st
 • Total 39,250,017 (2016 est)
 • Density 240/sq mi  (92.6/km)
Ranked 11th
 • Median household income $63,636 (13th)
 • Highest point Mount Whitney
14,505 ft (4,421.0 m)
 • Mean 2,900 ft  (880 m)
 • Lowest point Badwater Basin
−279 ft (−85.0 m)
Before statehood California Republic
Admission to Union September 9, 1850 (31st)
Governor Jerry Brown (D)
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D)
Legislature California State Legislature
 • Upper house California State Senate
 • Lower house California State Assembly
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D)
Barbara Boxer (D)
U.S. House delegation 39 Democrats, 14 Republicans (list)
Time zones Pacific Time Zone
 • Standard time PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer time (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ISO 3166 US-CA
Abbreviations CA, Calif., Cal.
California state symbols
Flag of California.svg
Seal of California.svg
Living insignia
Amphibian California red-legged frog
Bird California quail
Fish Golden trout
Flower California poppy
Grass Purple needlegrass
Insect California dogface butterfly
Mammal California grizzly bear (State animal)
Reptile Desert tortoise
Tree California redwood
Inanimate insignia
Colors Blue & gold
Dance West Coast Swing
Folk dance Square dance
Fossil Sabre-toothed cat
Gemstone Benitoite
Mineral Native gold
Motto Eureka
Nickname The Golden State
Rock Serpentine
Soil San Joaquin
Song "I Love You, California"
Tartan California State Tartan
State route marker
California state route marker
State quarter
California quarter dollar coin
Released in 2005
Lists of United States state symbols

California (/ˌkælˈfɔːrnjə/ KAL-ə-FORN-yə, /ˌkælˈfɔːrniə/ KAL-ə-FAWR-nee-ə) is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area. Located on the western (Pacific Ocean) coast of the U.S., California is bordered by the other U.S. states of Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona and shares an international border with the Mexican state of Baja California. The state capital is Sacramento. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second largest after New York City. The state also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County.

California's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east; and from the redwoodDouglas fir forests in the northwest to the Mojave Desert in the southeast. The Central Valley, a major agricultural area, dominates the state's center. Though California is well-known for its warm Mediterranean climate, the large size of the state means it can vary from moist temperate rainforest in the north, to arid desert in the interior, as well as snowy alpine in the mountains.

What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Spanish Empire then claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence, but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War. The western portion of Alta California then was organized as the State of California, and admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom.

If it were a country, California would be the 6th largest economy in the world and the 35th most populous. It is also regarded as a global trendsetter in both popular culture and politics, and is the birthplace of the film industry, the hippie counterculture, the Internet, and the personal computer, among others. Fifty-eight percent of the state's economy is centered on finance, government, real estate services, technology, and professional, scientific and technical business services. The San Francisco Bay Area has the nation's highest median household income by metropolitan area, and is the headquarters of three of the world's largest 20 firms by revenue, Chevron, Apple, and McKesson. Although it accounts for only 1.5 percent of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.S. state.

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California Girl Makes Desperate Plea to Save Brother With Childhood Alzheimer's

Carter Sarkar has Sanfilippo syndrome, sometimes known as childhood Alzheimer's. His older sister Sophia is his biggest fan and is going to incredible lengths ...

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California Will Vote On A Proposal To Split The State In 3 Parts | TIME

A Silicon Valley billionaire has amassed enough signatures to have his proposal splitting California into three parts on the state's ballot in November. Subscribe ...


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Calls to split up California into three states

Cal 3 spokesperson Peggy Grande on the proposal to break up California into three states.