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California City, Kern County, California

has much to offer both the visitor and those that are seeking an ideal place to raise their family. The city is located in the Southern California High Desert at the northern end of the Antelope Valley . Ridgecrest lies to the north, the Tehachapi Mountains to the west, Palmdale and Lancaster to the south. California City is located a short 120 miles from Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean; only 180 miles to Nevada's stateline. From California City you are never more than a two-hour drive from the mountains, beaches, cultural centers and museums, and all the attractions that make Southern California one of the world's most popular destinations. Any way you look at it, Cal City offers something for everyone. The California City limits run east to Highway 395, Highway 58 to the south and Highway 14 to the west. California City is the third largest city in California encompassing 204 square miles or 130,200 acres at an elevation of approximately 2,400 feet (average) and the eleventh largest city in the nation in area. The climate is dry and mild in all four seasons, which is typical for the California high desert. Low humidity and lots of sunshine provides a pleasant, year-round climate which allows everyone to enjoy the outdoors. Come and see why we think California City is a great place to live, work, play and raise our families.

Map of the Antelope Valley

Video Tour of California City
Downtown Cal City 1975
Cal City 1986
Cal City 1999

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 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 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, 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 are excluded).

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.

History of California City 1958 to Present
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Pictures of California City

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

 

Tom Weil
California City Manager
A conversation about the future.

Business 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.

Transportation:

Cal City Dial-a-Ride is our local on-call transportation system, 6 days a week.

California City Schools:

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 City.

Artist Rendering of the Future Cerro Coso Community College Campus
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 the exception.

  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 California City:

  Tierra 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 Sol

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.

Senior Center:

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 housing .

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.


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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
State California
County Kern
Government
 - Mayor Larry Adams
 - Senate Roy Ashburn (R)
 - Assembly Bill Maze (R)
 - U. S. Congress Kevin McCarthy (R)
Area
 - 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 [1] 2,405 ft (733 m)
Population (2000)
 - 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 .

Demographics
White Non-Hispanic (61.3%)
Hispanic (17.0%)
Black (12.8%)
Other race (7.4%)
Two or more races (5.9%)
American Indian (3.1%)
Filipino (2.2%)
Korean (0.5%)
 

History
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.[3]

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.
 

Geography
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).
 

Demographics
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.[6]

In the 2004 Presidential election, 67% voted for the Republican candidate, and 33% voted for the Democratic candidate.

Public safety
California City has its own police and fire departments.
 

 Notable locations
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
Tierra del Sol Championship Golf Course

City Parks
B Park OHV
Balsitis Park
Borax Bill Park
Central Park
Cooper Field
Desert Tortoise Preserve
Galileo Park
H Park OHV
I Park OHV
J Kerman Little League Field

Golf Courses
Tierra Del Sol PGA Golf Course
Par 3 (Night Lighted)
 

  Existing:

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)
McDonald's Restaurant
New Chevron Gas Station
New Middle School 
Rite-Aid Drug Store
New Tertiary Sewer Treatment Plant
40 Acre Industrial Park
 Infrastructure to Airport
Child Day Care Center
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)
Cal City Airport Expansion 
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Under Construction:

                 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

Proposals:

                 Paving of City roads                               2nd Fire Department Facility

                Teen Center/Sports Center                    New High School

        New Grocery Store          Alternate Energy Systems Pacific

                Village Square Apartments                    The Inn at Tierra Del Sol

Convalescent Hospital 99-bed skilled nursing facility

East Kern Campus - Cerro Coso Community College
California City Map Aerial Photo


Friends of Jawbone
promoting cooperation among all users 
of public lands.
Antelope Valley - AV Conservancy's 
mission is to preserve natural lands 
for the public interest.
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!
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