Welcome from Oregon! What part of California? I grew up in the LA area (Ontario, Upland, Pomona) then moved to the Bay area (Morgan Hill) and finally moved to the Cascades in Klamath county. The thing I miss most is the wonderful gardening in Morgan Hill-- three growing seasons a year... I remember going out to pick ripe tomatoes for Christmas dinner.
My son in law was stationed U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton for several years. My wife and I visited numerous times.
California is a strange place to a Midwestern guy is all I can say. To go anywhere it seemed you had to jump on I5. There were way to many people for me. At times, I felt as nervous as a chain smoker hanging around a gas station. I would wash the car (white), the next morning it would be black again, like it hadn't been washed. And for the very first time in my life I developed asthma and had to go to a clinic and get an inhaler. When I got back home it went away.