People come to California and fall in love with living in the Hollywood Hills, Topanga Canyon, or Malibu. But if you grow up here you know it means fires, mudslides, or the Pacific Ocean joining you in your living room.

The smart move is to live where you’re close to the beach or the mountains, but safer. I can be at the beach in ten minutes, or Los Padres National Forest in twenty. But barring a truly cataclysmic disaster, I’m safe.

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