For decades, California has had a special allure for millions of people. The “Golden State” was an attraction for Americans in all parts of the country, especially for those stuck in the long cold and dreary winters of the east coast and the mid-western states.
In fact, decades ago there was even a song called “California Dreaming” that was dedicated to the “escape to California” dreams of those trapped in the clutches of “Old-man Winter.”
Also, this dream of going to California was not limited to the United States. From all across the globe, folks of all nationalities, races, religions, and beliefs had California near the top of where they would love to live if given a chance.
But California is more than just sunshine. From the awe-inspiring mountains and mammoth forests of Northern California to the riveting beauty of the Mojave Desert; the morbid nostalgia of the Salton Sea; Silicon Valley, the home of the technological breakthroughs that keep reinventing the planet; the agricultural counties inland that make the state the world’s fifth largest supplier of food; the birthplace of Disneyland; The Queen Mary; The Hearst Castle; The Golden Gate Bridge; the bright lights and excitement of Hollywood, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, to the miles and miles of coastal beaches that span the length of the state, there is truly something here for everyone.
Also, Californians are noted for having progressive views on health. Did you know the Golden State was the first state to:
Prohibit a laundry chemical called perchloroethylene, a proven toxin. Make smog checks mandatory. Ban leaded gasoline. Enact many other clean-air initiatives to combat air pollution. Ban smoking in workplaces, bars, and restaurants. Most other states followed California’s lead. Enact mandatory bike helmets laws.