Philosophy by Californians: California Carl

on December 22, 2014
Every week, we here at Californiality will provide a look at philosophies provided by Californians.

Take a look. Think. Do you agree this is something that Californians should think?

This week we listen to "California Carl"

Californian with the most Christmas spirit of all time

Courtesy Allmusic
Have you heard the Christmas songs, "Here Comes Santa Claus", "Frosty the Snowman", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", and “Santa Claus is coming to town”? You probably sing them every season, or have heard people across America do this. The fact is that all of these traditional Christmas songs were written by one person - a Californian. 

Gene Autry known as the “Singing cowboy” wrote all of these songs while he lived in California.

December Solstice

on December 21, 2014
Courtesy Almanac
This day is also known as the Winter Solstice. It is the day of the year where the day has the longest amount of night time hours and the shortest amount of day time hours.

Observance of the day goes back into pre-history, for example it is thought that the famous and mysterious Stonehenge monument in England was created to track this event.  The exact day and time of the solstice depends on where you live in the world, in order to observe the winter solstice this year.

TV NEWS : End of the year Insurance grace.Government gives extension.

on December 19, 2014
Please check out our video on Insurance extensions for Californians.

TV NEWS: Does Air pollution help cause childhood obesity?

Check out this rather shocking video on a new study that just came out.

"Flash back Friday - This week in CA history" The great Christmas flood of 1964

This week in California history.The flooding only started this week in history but lasted till January.It was one of the worst recorded floods in history.Almost every river and stream had flooded in 34 counties.Check out this vintage picture of just one. The eel river flooding.

Xmas tree ceremonies locations in CA

Courtesy Howiki
Christmas lighting ceremonies are happening literally all around California. Take a look at the list below to see information and photos on where events are happening in your part of our California.

TV NEWS: Does Orange County have a solution to the drought?

on December 17, 2014

Wright Brothers Day

Courtesy Wikipedia
A day celebrating the contributions of the Wright Brothers was created by President Dwight Eisenhower, in 1959, in order to recognize the contribution of the Wright Brothers to starting air flight in America.

Both of the Wright Brothers were high school drop outs, who ran a bicycle repair shop. They realized from working on bicycles that unstable vehicles in motion could be controlled.

What Do You Think of My Bum


TV NEWS: These CA counties need to watch out for mud slides this season

on December 16, 2014

Can Air Pollution Cause Childhood Obesity?

A new study in partnership between the University of Southern California and UC Berkeley have found that air pollution near freeways may make your child obese.

“A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Body Mass Index and Childhood Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Air Pollution: The Southern California Children’s Health Study” was released last month in November.

College Pranks


TV NEWS: Watch out for Holiday Depression in kids!

on December 15, 2014

Peace on Earth

By Leona Byrne

As Christmas approaches we hear on the radio and the TV and everywhere we go, phrases such as peace on earth goodwill to men. It is a time to  reflect on the love of our families, our country and the nations of the world.

The Most Cheerful Part of California

Courtesy LA Public Library
Since 1928, every year around Christmas time, Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, between Vine and La Brea has been known by the name “Santa Claus Lane.” The world famous  Hollywood Christmas parade that plays on national TV every year after Thanksgiving was actually originally called the Santa Claus Lane Christmas parade, but had its name changed in 1978 in order to attract more Hollywood celebrities.

The Hollywood Christmas parade on Santa Claus Lane has been a tradition in California around Holiday time for over the last 80 years.

Californiality Asks a Local Veteran to Share His Favorite Memory of California

on December 12, 2014
Here at Californiality, we support our vets. Which is why we asked this California veteran what his favorite memory of California is.                

"Flash back Friday - This week in CA history" San Francisco symphony debut 1911

This week in California history.A horrible earthquake had rocked the civilians to the core.The local city leaders decided the best way to improve moral was to set up a permanent orchestra. Check out this video of them in action.

The “living Wage” will not help California

on December 11, 2014
Original reporting by Anthony Marcolongo

In 1968, American economist Milton Friedman discussed the idea of a negative income tax, where those earning below a certain predetermined threshold would receive supplementary income instead of paying taxes. Friedman suggested his plan could eliminate the 72 percent of the welfare budget spent on administration. But nothing ever came to fruition.

"Throwback Thursday-California style"- California homes with Christmas lights to music 2013

Check out this California homes light display to help get in the Christmas mood.

College humor

on December 10, 2014

The best California homes decorated for Christmas

Courtesy Lightsofthevalley
Everyone likes to hang lights around the house for the season. Some Californians have gone above and beyond making a showing of their support for Yule Tide Cheer.  Take a look at these homes of Californians from around the state who have made their own home a beacon of Christmas cheer.

Cut your own Fresh Christmas tree this year

on December 9, 2014
Happy Holidays
Something about the smell of fresh pine, that fills the entire air around it, and makes you feel alive. If you want that feeling of being sounded by the aroma of Christmas, go cut down your own Christmas tree. Here are locations where you can do that around California this Holiday season.

Christmas tree sales locations in California

Happy Holidays
Time to get a Christmas tree. If you want to buy one that is already ready for you take home, here is a list of the locations around California where you can find a good retailer.

Largest Living Xmas Tree in CA

on December 8, 2014
Ho,Ho Holy cow that's big
At the end of main street in the city of Ferndale, sits the largest living Christmas tree in all of America.

Other trees that are used every year for Christmas celebrations in other cities across America, claim to have the tallest tree – but to date, the tree in the city of Ferndale California holds the title to the tallest living Christmas tree.

Food Banks Around CA...1 in 7 Californians Will Go Hungry this Holiday

A recent study has concluded that 1 in 7 Californians is going hungryA finding we consider ironic since the state of California is the most productive agricultural region in America. 

“Californians are still much more food insecure than they were in 2001 and millions of people continue to struggle to prevent the indignity of hunger.”

We are going to have to make it our mission as a people to personally get food from our state to the fellow Californians who are going hungry. Whether through donations, volunteering, or spreading the word, there's something each and every one of us can do to lessen the hunger for our people. Here is a list of food banks across California.