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5 affordable weekend getaways in California

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There is no doubt that California has a lot to offer. Los Angeles and its surroundings might be famous, but there are many other places that you can discover and that are far more interesting. If you want to travel to California and discover this amazing part of the country but don't know where to start your journey, I have put together a list of 5 affordable weekend getaways that you can add to your bucketlist. All of them are great options for longer stays, too. Here's what made it on the list.

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The Schnitzel From Schroeder’s Restaurant In Northern California Is So Good That The Recipe Hasn’t Changed Since 1893

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Since its inception, San Francisco has been a melting pot of immigrants from all over the world. Each ethnic group has brought its own music, traditions, textiles, culture, and food, infusing all of it into the landscape here for generations to follow. If you like Bavarian food, be sure to visit Schroeder’s Restaurant, serving up some of the best schnitzel in California since the late 1800s.

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The California amusement parks we’ve lost forever

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – News that the Great America amusement park in Santa Clara will be closing in the next 11 years may bring back memories of other California theme parks that have shuttered over the years. These are a few of the most memorable parks that are gone for good.

Playland at the Beach

Playland at the Beach straddled San Francisco’s Ocean Beach on the western end of the Richmond neighborhood from 1913 till 1972, though the first ride — the Gravity Railroad roller coaster — opened in 1884.

A very popular attraction at Playland was a fun house featuring animatronic characters. Until a 1983 remodel, the fun house at the Santa Cruz Beach boardwalk was identical on the inside to the Playland fun house.

There were also bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, a shoot-the-chute, a carousel and a giant camera called the Camera Obscura.

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California’s biggest water project in half a century is inching forward. Price tag: $16 billion

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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office renewed its commitment on Wednesday to launching California’s biggest water project in half a century, unveiling a newly configured plan for a 45-mile conveyance tunnel through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

The estimated $16 billion pipeline, iterations of which have circulated for decades, is designed to better move water from the state’s wet, rural north to drier, more populated points south. The proposed tunnel would allow water shipments to bypass the delta’s sensitive wetlands and aging water infrastructure, thereby protecting and even boosting water supplies for the Bay Area, Southern California and farmland in between.

The idea, however, has faced longtime opposition as well as funding shortfalls. The Newsom administration hopes to clear these hurdles by altering the plans of his predecessors, notably downsizing the project to one tunnel instead of the two proposed by former Gov. Jerry Brown. The project is also routed farther east, close to Interstate 5, where construction would be less of a burden on delta towns.

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California’s strawberry fields may not be forever. Could robots help?

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In a strawberry field surrounded by strawberry fields on the outskirts of Santa Maria, a team of robots have been picking berries all summer.

Each robot, made by a Colorado company called Tortuga AgTech, trundles between the elevated beds on rugged wheels, then stops in front of a plant. An articulated arm maneuvers its sensor array among the leaves; machine vision software scours the sensor data in search of ripe berries.

Most California strawberry plants sprout constantly over the course of the season — little green berries sitting alongside fat red ones, nestled among the leaves. If an unripe berry is in the way, the robot repositions for a better angle. A snipper-grabber mounted in the middle of the sensors jabs in to cut the berry’s stem, then gingerly places it in a waiting plastic clamshell in a compartment at the robot’s base. The motion calls to mind a bird hunting, peering and pecking for insects.

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Get a free ticket to the California State Fair with a food donation on Monday

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Have you been waiting to attend the California State Fair because of the cost? On Monday, admission is free if you bring in a food donation.

The donations will help families throughout Sacramento County.

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Terminals at California’s third-busiest port resume regular hours on Monday

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Marine terminals at California’s Port of Oakland reopened for regular weekday hours on Monday after independent truckers formally ended a week-long protest of the state’s new “gig worker” law that stranded cargo on ships, docks and warehouses, worsening U.S. supply chain snarls.

“All of our marine terminals are open this morning and operations are normal,” a port spokesman said.

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In California it’s peak seaweed season. Let’s go foraging

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Many beachgoers have probably seen seaweed washed up on shore. We take a trip to the California coast to forage for seaweed.

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Most valuable crops grown in California

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There are more than 2 million farms in the United States, about 98% of which are operated by families, individuals, family partnerships, or family corporations, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. About 86% of all agricultural products in America are produced on family ranches or farms. A single farm feeds an average of 166 people per year, both in the U.S. and abroad.

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What’s going on at the 2022 California State Fair? | July 18, 2022

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It'll be another round of fun, funnel cakes and carnival rides at the 2022 California State Fair on July 18. The state fair is continuing its run through the end of the month.

Here's a schedule for what's happening on Monday, July 18.

Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Carnival hours: Opens at 2 p.m.

Kids Park Hours: Opens at 1 p.m.

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