Wedged between the glitz of Southern California and the bustle of Northern California, the Central Coast and Valley Region is like a calm between two storms. But it's also an economic powerhouse in its own right: if Southern California has a claim on the music and film industries, and Northern California on finance and high-tech, the central region can claim pre-eminence in agriculture and oil.
Specifically, the San Joaquin Valley—the enormous heart of this region—produces most of the 13 percent of U.S. agricultural products that come from California. Everything from cotton to cattle to asparagus is grown in the Valley. And throughout its length, the Valley is dotted with the wells and refineries that make California the third-biggest petroleum-producing state.
The major cities of the region are Fresno, in the Valley, and Salinas and Monterey on the coast. Salinas, actually ten miles inland, is the epicenter of its own agricultural region, the Salinas Valley, which is a major producer of strawberries, grapes, and salad vegetables.
Monterey is the star attraction of this region. A small city rich in history (it was the capital of Spanish California) and in culture (the Monterey Jazz Festival has been held annually since 1958), Monterey was also long known for its fishing industry. But that industry collaped due to overfishing in the 1950s...and Monterey reinvented itself as an advocate for the protection of marine environments. The world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium showcases the local ecosystem, actually drawing all of its water directly from the bay itself.
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Install a New Fireplace Surround and Gas Logs
Mar 9, 2017 6:12 pm
Dear James: It's a mess carrying firewood indoors, so I want to modernize my old brick fireplace with one that uses gas logs. Are there any tips on how to do this project myself? -- Kathy H.
Select and Work with a General Contractor
Feb 23, 2017 2:52 am
Dear James: An architect is almost finished with the plans for my house. I need to select a good general contractor, but have heard of many potential problems. What is the best way to insure a good jo...
Select Room Wall Colors to Impact Room Size
Feb 16, 2017 1:51 am
Dear James: We are downsizing to a new house. We are trying to determine the best colors to paint the rooms to make it look more spacious. What do you recommend for various rooms? -- Renee K.
Install a Ceramic Tile Floor
Feb 9, 2017 3:20 am
Dear James: We have vinyl kitchen flooring which is badly worn. We think a ceramic tile floor would look good and wear well. Can this be put over any old floor and what are some installation tips? -- ...
Eliminate Drywall Shadow Lines on Walls
Feb 2, 2017 3:00 am
Dear James: I am remodeling two rooms. I hung and finished drywall in one room, but there are shadow lines at many joints. Do you have any joint finishing tips to create flat, hidden joints? -- Steve ...
Collecting Rain Water
Jan 26, 2017 4:36 am
Most local residents are grateful for the recent rains, despite the many problems that it caused, such a flooding and auto accidents.
Repair Old Wooden Windows
Jan 26, 2017 4:02 am
Dear James: The wood frame windows in my vintage house are pretty deteriorated. I want to repair them, not replace them, to maintain its character. What repairs to them can I do myself? -- Don H.