The Left Coast = New England of the Pacific
Christina Wodtke stashed this in Science, it's not just for breakfast anymore
"THE LEFT COAST. A Chile-shaped nation wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade and Coast mountains, the Left Coast was originally colonized by two groups: New Englanders (merchants, missionaries, and woodsmen who arrived by sea and dominated the towns) and Appalachian midwesterners (farmers, prospectors, and fur traders who generally arrived by wagon and controlled the countryside). Yankee missionaries tried to make it a “New England on the Pacific,” but were only partially successful. Left Coast culture is a hybrid of Yankee utopianism and Appalachian self-expression and exploration—traits recognizable in its cultural production, from the Summer of Love to the iPad. The staunchest ally of Yankeedom, it clashes with Far Western sections in the interior of its home states."
The "left coast" is way smaller than I realized. It really doesn't go inland much.
Yeah, drive to stockton or even sacramento, and you see quickly how the culture changes. Then there are weird little outposts like Boonville that have/had their own language.