Move up to Nor Cal. Sacramento is great. People can bitch about the economy but you can make that argument everywhere. I know a bunch of people that were from the LA basin that moved up here to escape. This place is tits.
Edited (Im fucking dumb)
California is an amazing place. But Nor Cal> So Cal
You just cant beat this...
Im 45 minutes from South Lake Tahoe, 25 from DT Sac, and 1.75 hours away from the beach.