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370 pages

California, a history

Creator: Kevin Starr | History - 2005

A definitive, single-volume history of the Golden State ranges from the earliest Native American cultures, through the Spanish and Mexican eras, the Gold Rush, and rise of Hollywood, to the twenty-first century, chronicling the events, ...

Publisher: Random House, Inc.

About this book
California has always been our Shangri-la–the promised land of countless pilgrims in search of the American Dream. Now the Golden State’s premier historian, Kevin Starr, distills the entire sweep of California’s history into one splendid volume. From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, this is the story of a place at once quintessentially American and utterly unique.Arguing that America’s most populous state has always been blessed with both spectacular natural beauty and astonishing human diversity, Starr unfolds a rapid-fire epic of discovery, innovation, catastrophe, and triumph. For generations, California’s native peoples basked in the abundance of a climate and topography eminently suited to human habitation. By the time the Spanish arrived in the early sixteenth century, there were scores of autonomous tribes were thriving in the region. Though conquest was rapid, nearly two centuries passed before Spain exerted control over upper California through the chain of missions that stand to this day.The discovery of gold in January 1848 changed everything. With population increasing exponentially as get-rich-quick dreamers converged from all over the world, California reinvented itself overnight. Starr deftly traces the successive waves of innovation and calamity that have broken over the state since then–the incredible wealth of the Big Four railroad tycoons and the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906; the emergence of Hollywood as the world’s entertainment capital and of Silicon Valley as the center of high-tech research and development; the heroic irrigation and transportation projects that have altered the face of the region; the role of labor, both organized and migrant, in key industries from agriculture to aerospace.Kevin Starr has devoted his career to the history of his beloved state, but he has never lost his sense of wonder over California’s sheer abundance and peerless variety. This one-volume distillation of a lifetime’s work gathers together everything that is most important, most fascinating, and most revealing about our greatest state.



328 pages

California, America's high-stakes experiment

Creator: Peter Schrag | Political Science - 2006-04-20

This is an incisive, pointed analysis of the current shape and texture of California and what it means for our national agenda. "Once again, Peter Schrag asserts himself as a perceptive and courageous commentator.

Publisher: Univ of California Pr

About this book
Peter Schrag takes on the big issues--immigration, globalization, and the impact of California's politics on its quality of life--in this dynamic account of the Golden State's struggle to recapture the American dream. In the past half-century, California has been both model and anti-model for the nation and often the world, first in its high level of government and public services--schools, universities, highways--more lately for its dysfunctional government, deteriorating services, and sometimes regressive public policies. Schrag's incisive analysis of the state's political, demographic, and fiscal realities vividly demonstrates that it has been struggling with a range of problems for a generation. The author deftly shows that California's ability to forge its culturally and ethnically diverse population into a successful democracy will be of crucial importance not only to America, but to the world. He also explains how many current "solutions" exacerbate the very problems they're supposed to solve and analyzes a variety of possible state and federal policy alternatives to restore accountable government and a vital democracy to the nation's largest state and world's fifth largest economy. Among the issues that Schrag tackles: The impact of Latino and Asian immigration and the emergence of California as the first large majority minority state The globalization of California's economy and culture The growing reliance of voters on the initiative, referendum, and recall processes The increasing instability of elected government California as cultural avant-garde, from hippies to gay marriage Peter Schrag takes on the big issues--immigration, globalization, and the impact of California's politics on its quality of life--in this dynamic account of the Golden State's struggle to recapture the American dream. In the past half-century, California has been both model and anti-model for the nation and often the world, first in its high level of government and public services--schools, universities, highways--more lately for its dysfunctional government, deteriorating services, and sometimes regressive public policies. Schrag's incisive analysis of the state's political, demographic, and fiscal realities vividly demonstrates that it has been struggling with a range of problems for a generation. The author deftly shows that California's ability to forge its culturally and ethnically diverse population into a successful democracy will be of crucial importance not only to America, but to the world. He also explains how many current "solutions" exacerbate the very problems they're supposed to solve and analyzes a variety of possible state and federal policy alternatives to restore accountable government and a vital democracy to the nation's largest state and world's fifth largest economy. Among the issues that Schrag tackles: The impact of Latino and Asian immigration and the emergence of California as the first large majority minority state The globalization of California's economy and culture The growing reliance of voters on the initiative, referendum, and recall processes The increasing instability of elected government California as cultural avant-garde, from hippies to gay marriage



84 pages

California

Creator: Kathy Pelta | History - 2001-12

Introduces the geography, history, people, industries, and environmental concerns of the Golden State.

Publisher: Lerner Pub Group

About this book
The completely revised and expanded Hello U.S.A. series takes you on a tour of the history, geography, people, economy, and environment of 25 states and Puerto Rico (with 26 additional books to be released by September 2002). Colorful photos, easy-to-read text, and fascinating sidebars provide the facts you need for research, reports, or even a cross-country trip.-- Completely up-to-date text and statistics, including 2000 U.S. census figures-- New maps, charts, and graphs-- New lists of related books and websites-- Expanded places to visit section-- State wildlife, state song, and recipe


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California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Welcome to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The purpose of the Commission is to inspire, educate and protect the students of California.

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    California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 19 Ounce

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    Rating (94 reviews):
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    Great body wash for baby

    0 5/5 CJRH12 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 19 Ounce (Health and Beauty) I love this as a body wash. The scent is nice and it leaves my baby's skin soft and smelling lovely. It has a nice foaming effect too...my baby loves to play with the bubbles.However, my only complaint is I don't use it as a shampoo because it tends to dry my baby's hair out. She needs conditioning shampoo anyway and so this shampoo leaves her too dry. It might work well for other babies as a shampoo, depending on their hair type. My baby is caucasian with typical caucasian hair, but she has a little wave to her hair, so that might be the difference as to why this product doesn't work well for her particular hair.I still use this as her body wash and will continue to do so. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 10, 2013

    I will recommend the sensitive version instead

    0 3/5 Dan - See all my reviews This review is from: California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 19 Ounce (Health and Beauty) I used it for my boy's daily shower. I noticed his skin gets dry and in some cases, he develop rashes.I will recommend the sensitive version instead.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VARN3O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002VARN3O&linkCode=as2&tag=nealo10a-20 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 5, 2014

    Good stuff

    0 5/5 BubblyZ - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 19 Ounce (Health and Beauty) We have been using this since the birth of our daughter. It smells good and is gentle on the skin. She is two and a half now and we are still using this. The product is expensive compare to some, but it does last a long time. It's definitely worth the money. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 25, 2013
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    Amazon Jungle Tested... and Now Approved :-)

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    Works well and smells nice

    0 5/5 KayJay - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I like it that this is a safe product for my 2-year-old. It has a nice, fresh smell. The only down side is that you have to remember to reapply after a few hours. Maybe that's the case with all products, but is kind of pain with a squirmy toddler. I'd still rather use this than a highly effective spray with lots of chemicals. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 24, 2013

    perfect size

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    California Baby Bubble Bath Aromatherapy, 13 oz (Eucalyptus ease (for tranquil relief))

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    The best ever!

    0 5/5 adera17 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This is the only bubble bath we will ever buy. It's SO bubbly. You can add more or less according to preference. But you can easily have a bathtub overflowing with bubbles, be careful! I love that its safe and smells very calming right before bedtime. My 20 mo old LOVES his bubbles. He will grab the bottle and bring it to us and ask for a bath! And he has sensitive skin/eczema. This does not irritate his skin. We will use it several times a week without drying his skin out. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 31, 2012

    Not worth the money

    0 2/5 Chris (California) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Baby Bubble Bath Aromatherapy, 13 oz (Eucalyptus ease (for tranquil relief)) (Health and Beauty) I typically like California Baby products, but this one is over-priced and doesn't live up to its claims. The bubble wand feature doesn't work at all; the bubble bath just won't make bubbles that way. The scent is very faint. You need to use 1/4 to 1/3 of the bottle for any significant aromatherapy which makes it a really expensive bath. You get the same effect using a few drops of essential oil.A much better product is the 100% Pure bubble bath. They bubble, are less expensive, have a great scent, and are made with gentle, organic ingredients. I only wish they had more than three flavors to choose from.For a strong eucalyptus bath, the 100% Pure Eucalyptus Sea Therapy Bath is unbeatable. It doesn't bubble, but has a potent fragrance and even tingles your skin. It's amazing. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 22, 2012

    I absolutely love this bubble bath

    0 5/5 christineu - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Baby Bubble Bath Aromatherapy, 13 oz (Eucalyptus ease (for tranquil relief)) (Health and Beauty) I always have a bottle of this on hand to help with congestion. We first tried this when our son was still an infant and was very congested. I like that it helps with his congestion without the need for medication. They also now make a spray for bedding and a gel that you can rub on the chest. To us this is well worth the money. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 6, 2010
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    Colds and Flu aromatherapy blend works to relieve congestion and stuffiness


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  • California Baby

    California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash - 8.5 oz

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    CHOOSE THE BEST FOR YOUR BABY/CHILD

    I didn't know much about baby products when I first had my son. My son had really bad eczma as an infant and I tried a huge variety of products- trying to find something that worked. I finally stumbled on California Baby's Calendula Cream (which I highly recommend getting as well!) which cleared up his eczema in just a day or two! I also use it for his diaper area, and have not had a diaper rash problem since. Then one day he started having a scalp problem, and I found the California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Bodywash. The problem went away immediately after starting to use the product! I now only buy California Baby products for my son. I use their creams, shampoos, lotions, and sunscreen. Please use only natural products on your child as well! Check to see a product's potential harm on cosmeticdatabase.com. I also use a lot of California Baby products on myself because it is not limited to only babies and children. I highly recommend this product and other California Baby... 5/5 Proud mom in WA - See all my reviews I didn't know much about baby products when I first had my son. My son had really bad eczma as an infant and I tried a huge variety of products- trying to find something that worked. I finally stumbled on California Baby's Calendula Cream (which I highly recommend getting as well!) which cleared up his eczema in just a day or two! I also use it for his diaper area, and have not had a diaper rash problem since. Then one day he started having a scalp problem, and I found the California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Bodywash. The problem went away immediately after starting to use the product! I now only buy California Baby products for my son. I use their creams, shampoos, lotions, and sunscreen. Please use only natural products on your child as well! Check to see a product's potential harm on cosmeticdatabase.com. I also use a lot of California Baby products on myself because it is not limited to only babies and children. I highly recommend this product and other California Baby... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 23, 2010

    Great for Whole Family!

    My husband, myself, and my six month old all use this as our daily shampoo, face wash (except the baby), and body wash. We all have very sensitive skin. None of us get irritated skin from any California Baby product.ProsI used to get occasional break outs, but not anymore. (I also use the Diaper Area Wash as a toner and the Super Sensitive Lotion as my moisturizer).It keeps our skin soft.My daughter no longer gets baby acne (diagnosed by her NP) on her scalp.ConsI don't much care for the smell, but it works so well that I don't let it bother me.Update:There are several things I forgot to mention about this product:-It DOES lather (as do their bubble baths and other shampoos)! Just make sure your child's hair (or yours) is completely wet all the way through, get your hands slightly damp, and lather IN YOUR HANDS before putting it on your child's (or your own) scalp. This works great for... 5/5 Morgannin "Eco-friendly mom" (Spokane, WA) - See all my reviews My husband, myself, and my six month old all use this as our daily shampoo, face wash (except the baby), and body wash. We all have very sensitive skin. None of us get irritated skin from any California Baby product.ProsI used to get occasional break outs, but not anymore. (I also use the Diaper Area Wash as a toner and the Super Sensitive Lotion as my moisturizer).It keeps our skin soft.My daughter no longer gets baby acne (diagnosed by her NP) on her scalp.ConsI don't much care for the smell, but it works so well that I don't let it bother me.Update:There are several things I forgot to mention about this product:-It DOES lather (as do their bubble baths and other shampoos)! Just make sure your child's hair (or yours) is completely wet all the way through, get your hands slightly damp, and lather IN YOUR HANDS before putting it on your child's (or your own) scalp. This works great for... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 12, 2012

    good for dry skin or eczema

    0 5/5 addisonsmom - See all my reviews Use this for my dd that has super dry skin & eczema. Doesn't dry out her sensitive skin! Not the best on her scalp for the cradle cap, but won't make it worse either. Definitely would try if you are looking for something for dry or sensitive skin. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 4, 2011
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  • Quidsi

    California Baby Bug Repellant Spray, 6.5 Ounce

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    Rating (132 reviews):
    (3.9/5)
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    It Totally Keeps Away Bugs

    I used to work with horses in Minnesota in the summer. I've used every bug repellant I've ever heard of, from the most benign to the most toxic, and to be perfectly honest, the toxic ones always worked better.But I didn't want to spray them on my son, so I bought this stuff. I checked out the corporate citizen ratings on California Baby, and they're good enough that I felt confident that their labeling and promotional materials were accurate. Which is why I didn't expect it to work very well. I thought it would be better than nothing and would cause me the least worry about my son's health, but, having been chewed alive while sitting in a citronella fog, I really expected my son to have bites at the end of our camping trip in the Green Mountains.He didn't, and neither did I. We were quite liberal with reapplication, but the ingredients are nontoxic, so it's okay to reapply. The mist is really fine, so even after spraying both of us down pretty frequently,... 5/5 L. Gildart (MA USA) - See all my reviews, July 25, 2009

    Comparison of 3 brands of "Natural" Bug Spray

    We live in South Florida where it is hot, humid and wet most of the year. We have a serious mosquito population.I have purchased several natural brands of mosquito repellant over the past couple of years and wanted to share my experience with them.My least favorite is California Baby . The California Baby repellant simply doesn't work, even if I use a lot (spray enough that the skin is wet). There is no change in mosquito behavior with this product, they just keep coming, landing and biting.Next is Buzzaway It works well, but is soy based and not recommended for small children... 1/5 Work of Life (Miami, Florida USA) - See all my reviews, September 3, 2012

    Better than Badger Balm : Overall, Reasonably Effective

    We live in the deep, swampy Southeastern US. Going outdoors here is likely to draw a virtual cloud of mosquito activity within seconds. It's nearly impossible to escape.We first tried Badger Balm, a repellent with similar ingredients but that was, even immediately after having been applied, totally ineffective.Still wanting to avoid DEET-containing repellents, I opted to try California Baby's Bug Repellent. It does work, but with a couple caveats. One is that you must VERY liberally apply it, and if you've missed a spot the mosquitoes will find it. But once we did manage to get every square inch of exposed skin, the mosquitoes turned tail and ran. But they didn't go far. As you sweat (and in 100+ weather, you will sweat) the stuff seems to become diluted. So reapplication is necessary roughly every 15-20 minutes. Fortunately, the every-square-inch method didn't seem to be as crucial for successive applications... which made it somewhat less a hassle. And I... 4/5 goonius (a room in a house on a street in a city just like any other.) - See all my reviews This review is from: California Baby Bug Repellant Spray, 6.5 Ounce (Health and Beauty) We live in the deep, swampy Southeastern US. Going outdoors here is likely to draw a virtual cloud of mosquito activity within seconds. It's nearly impossible to escape.We first tried Badger Balm, a repellent with similar ingredients but that was, even immediately after having been applied, totally ineffective.Still wanting to avoid DEET-containing repellents, I opted to try California Baby's Bug Repellent. It does work, but with a couple caveats. One is that you must VERY liberally apply it, and if you've missed a spot the mosquitoes will find it. But once we did manage to get every square inch of exposed skin, the mosquitoes turned tail and ran. But they didn't go far. As you sweat (and in 100+ weather, you will sweat) the stuff seems to become diluted. So reapplication is necessary roughly every 15-20 minutes. Fortunately, the every-square-inch method didn't seem to be as crucial for successive applications... which made it somewhat less a hassle. And I... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 10, 2010
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  • California Baby

    California Baby Everyday Calendula Lotion - 6.5 oz

    Beauty (California Baby)

    Rating (72 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    California Baby

    Not as good as the cream

    0 3/5 Tina Cooke (Southeast US) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: California Baby Everyday Calendula Lotion - 6.5 oz (Baby Product) I ordered the California Baby Calendula Everyday Lotion because we'd been using the Calendula cream exclusively on our baby, and the cream is rather expensive. I thought we'd be able to stretch the lotion out a bit more and get more bang for our buck because the lotion is less expensive than the cream and in a bigger container. We just received it and I've used it for the past 3 nights on our baby after her bath. The lotion is not as thick and rich as the cream, and I expected that to some extent. It's more on the 'runny' side though and doesn't soak into her skin for a bit. I'm going to continue to buy the cream and use it on her problem areas (she has infant rosacea on her cheeks and a rash on her arms), because the lotion is not as effective at calming her skin as the cream. I will probably continue to buy the lotion to use on the rest of her body. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 20, 2012

    Worked for my sensitive skin

    0 5/5 Miles J "miles782" (Huntington, New York United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: California Baby Everyday Calendula Lotion - 6.5 oz (Baby Product) I have suffered from a type of dermatitis since I was young. Most creams cause mild to sever itching and irritation when rubbed into my skin. This cream does not cause the reaction that most other products do. I have been using this product for two weeks now and have seen nothing but positive results.The product itself rubs into the skin well, and it is non greasy. I wash my hands several time a day due to my job and to this point the cream has kept my skin from becoming dry and cracked. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 3, 2010

    What's up with the price?

    0 4/5 Diane J. Pfister-drews "bookbunny" (Brown Deer, WI) - See all my reviews, June 27, 2012
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