The below pictures was provided by Van and
Alberta Pray - of California City
(All pictures circa 1970's except one, can
you guess which one? email)
California City had its origins in 1958 when real estate developer and
sociology professor Nat Mendelsohn purchased 80,000 acres (320 km2) of
Mojave Desert land with the aim of master-planning California's next great
city. He designed his model city, which he hoped would one day rival Los
Angeles in size, around a Central Park with a 26-acre (11 ha) artificial
lake. Growth did not happen anywhere close to what he expected. Maybe if
the city was started either on Highway 14 or Highway 58, instead of 10
miles east of Highway 58 and 10 miles north of Highway 58 the city may
have developed faster.
California City Pool and Central Park
20 Mule Team Wagons at Cal City Police Dept
California City Waterfall
California City Lake
Cal City Par 3 Golf Course
California City Lake
California City Visitors Center
Holiday Inn and Cal City Lake
California City Lake and Waterfall
California City, incorporated in 1965, is a city located in the Mojave
Desert's Fremont Valley of northern Antelope Valley, in Kern County, north
of nearby Mojave, in the U.S. state of California. The population was 8,385
at the 2000 census. Estimated population in July 2006 is 12,659.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total
area of 203.6 square miles (527 km2), of which 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2)
or 0.04% is water. Although one of California's smaller cities in terms
of population, California City is the third largest city in California
by land area (34th in the United States, and 21st when consolidated city-counties
Although the growth of the city has not met its founders' expectations,
Nat Mendelsohn projected a population of 1,000,000 people by the turn of
the century, California City has seen substantial population growth over
the past several years. The Demographic Research Unit of the California
Department of Finance estimates California City's population at 12,048
as of 1 January 2006. California City's population increased an estimated
4.2% in 2005, over three times the growth rate of the state as a whole.
California City currently ranks 345th out of 478 incorporated cities in
California, up from 348th in 2005.
We are a family oriented community- - -
Clean air, an abundance of clean water and
a safe and wholesome environment make California City the perfect place
to raise a family. People here enjoy a wide array of recreational opportunities.
There are two beautiful Golf Courses in California City; the Tierra
Del Sol Championship Golf Course and the Executive Par-3 Golf Course.
There is an 80 acre Central Park in California City with an 18 acre lake,
Public Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Baseball, Softball
and Soccer Fields. All the fishing, hiking, bicycling, camping, off-road
riding and snow skiing you've ever dreamed of are only a short drive away.
The Villages, Cal City's newest Master Planned
Community, will encompass five residential neighborhoods and 46 acres of
commercial, retail and office space.
Best Western Hotel & Suites
Opened in 2012
AutoZone Opened in 2013
Dollar General Market
Opened in 2013
Family Dollar Opened in 2013
Milestones and Demographics for California City 2013
California City Churches:
There are numerous churches in California City
and they will happily welcome you to join their congregation.
Banks in California City:
California City is proud to have Bank
of the Sierra, Mission Bank
and AltaOne (formerly NWC Federal
Credit Union) for all your banking and financial needs.
Cal City Dial-a-Ride is our local on-call transportation
system, 6 days a week.
California City has two elementary school for
kindergarten through 5th grade, a new middle school for grades 6 through
8, and a high school in California City. A new Cero Coso Community College
is also is in the planning stages they own 24 acres in the heart of California
Artist Rendering of the Future Cerro Coso Community
in California City.
California City is Pro-Business ! ! !
The City of California City
just changed their Commercial Zoning to accompany most business,
looking to relocate? Give Ronna
Green a Call at Cal City Planning Dept. 760-373-7141.
Looking to relocate your Business, Check us
out. California City was the fastest growing city in the county from 1980
to 1990. The City's population increased 110 per cent in that decade. Between
1986 and 1991 the population grew from 3,180 to 7,181 and today is over
13,000 and growing, estimates by the year 2014 is a 80% increase. The combination
of a dedicated business community and a progressive and committed city
government has brought California City to the threshold of a new century
and an unsurpassed opportunity to bring prosperity to its citizens.
Commercial and industrial planning
with incentives in place and a pro-business attitude make California City
an ideal place to start or expand a business in Southern California. California
City has just completed all the infrastructure to its 20 acre Business
Park at California City Airport and is ready for new businesses. Environmental
impact, zoning and infrastructure needs have been addressed to eliminate
costly delay in commercial development projects. Fast track planning and
permitting in the California City Engineer's Office are the rule - not
California City is the closest city to NASA
Dryden Research Center and Edwards
Air Force Base about 15 minutes away and the 7,400 people who reside
on base. Many of Edwards personnel live in California City.
California City was rated the states 10th
best performing retail market according to the 1993 edition of the California
Retail Survey. From 1986 to 1990, the city had an average retail growth
of almost 23 percent.
California City is ready for growth
and eager to welcome businesses. It is proud of its progressive City Council,
Planning Commission, City Manager, Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and various
support groups such as the California City Chamber of Commerce , California
City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) . Many projects in the city
are existing, on the drawing boards, under construction or nearing completion.
City Government in California City- -
California City is a master planned, general law
city featuring a council/city manager form of government with various government
owned structures housing a city hall, fire station, police station, corporation
maintenance yard, sports arena, community center, swimming pool, marina,
golf pro/clubhouse, medical center and airport terminal.
California City Municipal Airport:
The City owns and runs the California City
Airport, contains a 6,030 foot night lighted runway with terminal facilities,
restaurant and 20,000 sq. ft of privately owned industrial buildings and
is constantly upgrading its facilities. California City has one of the
largest Skydiving Clubs in the West, hot air ballons and skydiving activities
draw an international crowd. Gliders are also a popular sport. You can
go for a ride in one or take lessons and fly one yourself.
Golf Course in
Del Sol Golf Course - One of the major attractions in California
City is our beautiful Tierra Del Sol Golf Course, a year-round golf course
which will play approximately 6,800 yards from the championship tees. Tierra
Del Sol golf course is located in California City, is one of the
best 18 hole golf courses in the Antelope Valley. This par 72 championship
golf course is open to the public and was designed by Bruce Devlin
and Robert Von Hagge in the mid 1970's. The course has seven water
holes, 18 1arge elevated greens, 130 fairway and green side bunkers,
driving range and putting green, plus an 18 hole Executive par 3
golf course, a clubhouse with a pro shop offering golf equipment and clothing,
snack bar, lockers and club storage. Green fees on the PGA golf course
range from $15 to $20 - CF $22, Walking Allowed - Carts Available,
Course Record 64 - Dave Barber and Bob Dacey, Head PGA Pro at Tierra Del
Family Parks in California City:
Central Park is an 80 acre recreation complex
in California City is located adjacent to the golf courses. Within the
park are a multi-purpose Sports Arena, Community Center, Senior Center,
waterfall, fishing lake, paddle boating, playgrounds, fun and fitness trail,
swimming pool, baseball fields, soccer field, basketball courts, horseshoes,
tennis, handball court and many picnic sites complete with shade, picnic
tables and barbecues.
Balsitis Park is located at the corners of
Landis and Shortway Streets. A neighborhood park facility with picnic tables,
barbecues, grass, shade trees, play apparatus, baseball field, basketball,
volleyball courts, soccer fields and rest rooms.
Public Health & Safety in California City:
California City has a Medical Center, doctor
offices, dental offices, chiropractors, Rite-Aid Drug Store, and 17 acres
reserved for a future hospital, 24 hour ambulance service and para-medics
dispatched through the California City Police Department and Fire Department.
The Mabel Davis Senior Center across from Central
Park in California City is alive with daily activities, including field
trips, hot meal service, bingo, dancing, art shows and many other events.
Many seniors have come to enjoy an active lifestyle, year-round sunshine,
golfing and affordable
Fraternal Organizations in California City:
There are many clubs and fraternal organizations
with active branches of the American Legion
Post 476 , Kiwanis, Marine League , VFW Post 9375 . Ladies
Auxiliaries for all Clubs and Fraternal Organizations.
California City Bargain
Homes CLICK HERE
Land, Land and more Land for sale in California City CLICK
Complete Inventory of Homes, Land, Commercial, Industrial and Income Properties
in the Antelope Valley.
California City, California 93505
California City Aerial 2006
Location in Kern County and the state of California
Coordinates: 35°07′33″N 117°59′09″W
/ 35.12583°N 117.98583°W / 35.12583; -117.98583Coordinates: 35°07′33″N
117°59′09″W / 35.12583°N 117.98583°W / 35.12583; -117.98583
Country United States
- Mayor Larry Adams
- Senate Roy Ashburn (R)
- Assembly Bill Maze (R)
- U. S. Congress Kevin McCarthy (R)
- Total 203.7 sq mi (527.4 km2)
- Land 203.6 sq mi (527.2 km2)
- Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation  2,405 ft (733 m)
- Total 8,385
- Density 41.2/sq mi (15.9/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
- Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93504-93505
Area code(s) 760
FIPS code 06-09780
GNIS feature ID 1660418
California City, incorporated in 1965, is a
city located in the northern Antelope Valley in Kern County, 65 miles southwest
of Death Valley National Park, in the U.S. state of California. The population
was 8,385 at the 2000 census. Estimated population in July 2008 is 14,927.
California City has one prison (the California
City Correctional Center, operated by the Corrections Corporation of America),
one landowners' resort, one PGA golf course, and one municipal airport.
Much of the workforce of Edwards Air Force Base, which is located just
to the south of the city, is made up of city residents. Other major sources
of employment include California City Prison, Silver Saddle, Mojave Airport
and its boneyard plane salvaging operations, the Honda Proving Center to
the north, the new Hyundai/Kia Proving Grounds located to its southwest,
and nearby cities such as Tehachapi, Ridgecrest, Boron, Palmdale, and Lancaster.
Temperatures range from about 33 °F
to about 112 °F .
White Non-Hispanic (61.3%)
Other race (7.4%)
Two or more races (5.9%)
American Indian (3.1%)
The area where California City now exists
was largely uninhabited prior to the last half century. Padre Francisco
Garcés, a Franciscan missionary, camped at Castle Butte in what is now
California City in 1776 during his exploration of Arizona and southern
California. In the late 19th century, the Twenty Mule Team Trail, which
carried loads of borax to the railhead in Mojave from mines in the east,
ran through the California City area.
California City had its origins in 1958 when
real estate developer and sociology professor Nat Mendelsohn purchased
80,000 acres (320 km2) of Mojave Desert land with the aim of master-planning
California's next great city. He designed his model city, which he hoped
would one day rival Los Angeles in size, around a Central Park with a 26
acre artificial lake. Growth did not happen anywhere close to what he expected.
To this day a vast grid of crumbling paved roads, scarring vast stretches
of the Mojave desert, intended to lay out residential blocks, extends well
beyond the developed area of the city. A simple look at Google maps satellite
photos shows the extent of the scarred desert and how it stakes its claim
to being California's 3rd largest geographic city, 34th largest in the
US. California City was incorporated in 1965.
The first post office opened in 1960.
Most recently, CHiPs star Erik Estrada has
been promoting real estate property for California City in infomercials
as spokesperson for National Recreational Properties.
According to the United States Census Bureau,
the city has a total area of 203.6 square miles (527 km2), of which 0.1
square miles (0.26 km2) or 0.04% is water. Although one of California's
smaller cities in terms of population, California City is the third largest
city in California by land area (34th in the United States, and 21st when
consolidated city-counties are excluded).
According to the census of 2000, there were
8,385 people, 3,067 households, and 2,257 families residing in the city.
As of 2006 the city's population grew 8.9% from 12,106 to 13,219. California
City outpaced rivals Palmdale and Lancaster, making the city the 12th fastest
growing city in California. This also made California City the fastest
growing city in the Antelope Valley. The population density was 41.2 people
per square mile (15.9/km²). There were 3,560 housing units at an average
density of 17.5/sq mi (6.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.19%
White, 12.82% Black or African American, 1.56% Native American, 3.73% Asian,
0.32% Pacific Islander, 7.43% from other races, and 5.94% from two or more
races. 16.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,067 households out of which 39.0%
had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples
living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present,
and 26.4% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals
and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The
average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the city the population was spread out with
30.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 23.5%
from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city
was $45,735, and the median income for a family was $51,402. Males had
a median income of $44,657 versus $28,152 for females. The per capita income
for the city was $19,902. About 12.5% of families and 17.3% of the population
were below the poverty line, including 28.0% of those under age 18 and
12.4% of those age 65 or over.
Only 807 workers lived and worked in California
City in 2006. This was 24.3% of the city's population. 31% of the male
population were public administrators in 2006. Public administration is
the most common job in California City. *City-Data.com
Although the growth of the city has not met
its founders' expectations, California City has seen substantial population
growth over the past several years. The Demographic Research Unit of the
California Department of Finance estimates California City's population
at 12,048 as of 1 January 2006. California City's population increased
an estimated 4.2% in 2005, over three times the growth rate of the state
as a whole. California City currently ranks 345th out of 478 incorporated
cities in California, up from 348th in 2005.
In the 2004 Presidential election, 67% voted
for the Republican candidate, and 33% voted for the Democratic candidate.
California City has its own police and fire
California City City Hall
California City Chamber of Commerce
California City Branch Kern County Library
California City Public Golf Course
Silver Saddle Ranch and Country Club
del Sol Championship Golf Course
B Park OHV
Borax Bill Park
Desert Tortoise Preserve
H Park OHV
I Park OHV
J Kerman Little League Field
Tierra Del Sol PGA Golf Course
Par 3 (Night Lighted)
Tierra Del Sol
(18 hole championship golf course)
New Desert Jade Senior Housing Complex
International Skydiving Club
Executive 18 Hole Par 3 Golf Course
New Senior Center
International Glider Club
80 Acre Central Park and Lake
New Police Facility
New Airport Terminal & Restaurant
Annexation to Highway 14
New R/C Track (Central Park)
New Chevron Gas Station
New Middle School
Rite-Aid Drug Store
New Tertiary Sewer Treatment Plant
Acre Industrial Park
Infrastructure to Airport
Child Day Care Center
Corporation of America (CCA)
Cal City Airport Expansion
Golf Course Homes -
The Villages a 300 plus acre Master Planned Community with 1,130 housing
units plus 46 acres for commercial development.
California Air & Space Museum
East Kern Museum
Annexation to Highway 58
Subway Sandwich Shop
Matrix Corporation in Airport Industrial Park
Paving of City roads
2nd Fire Department Facility
Teen Center/Sports Center
New High School
Grocery Store Alternate
Energy Systems Pacific
Village Square Apartments
The Inn at Tierra Del Sol
Convalescent Hospital 99-bed skilled nursing
East Kern Campus - Cerro Coso Community College
CHECK CALIFORNIA CITY'S BULLETIN BOARD
We have found that a lot of people are interested in using more
native plants to conserve water and for low maintenance landscaping. Many
are delighted to find that native plants attract birds and butterflies.
This site http://www.wildflower.org
is Ladybird Johnson's project.
The National Wildlife Federation sponsors another site http://www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat/
that can show you how
to attract butterflies and birds and even frogs to your backyard. What
a fun project to share with a child or grandchild!
WE ARE A CITY ON THE MOVE!!
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