GEN­ERAL IN­FOR­MA­TION

Travel Guide to California - - GOLF -

POP­U­LA­TION: 39,536,653

AREA: 158,693 square miles. It is ap­prox­i­mately 770 miles long from the Mex­i­can border to the Ore­gon border, and 250 miles wide from the Pa­cific Ocean to the Ne­vada and Ari­zona bor­ders.

TIME: Cal­i­for­nia is in the Pa­cific Time Zone (GMT mi­nus 8 hours). The state ob­serves day­light sav­ing time.

TAXES: The state sales tax is 7.25%. Lo­cal taxes may be as much as an ad­di­tional 2.5%.

DI­REC­TORY AS­SIS­TANCE: For lo­cal num­bers, dial 411; long-dis­tance,

1 plus area code plus 555-1212; toll-free, 800-555-1212.

EMER­GENCY AS­SIS­TANCE: Call 911 toll free from any pub­lic tele­phone to obtain po­lice, fire or med­i­cal as­sis­tance.

LIQUOR LAWS: Al­co­hol is sold through­out Cal­i­for­nia. Le­gal drink­ing age is 21.

SMOK­ING LAWS: You must be 18 to pur­chase to­bacco prod­ucts. Smok­ing is pro­hib­ited in all pub­lic build­ings and en­closed spa­ces through­out Cal­i­for­nia. Many cities in Cal­i­for­nia have passed or­di­nances pro­hibit­ing smok­ing in all pub­lic places. It is even il­le­gal to smoke on cer­tain beaches in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia—watch for signs.

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