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WikiProject California (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject California, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of the U.S. state of California on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
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See also Discussion of the WikiProject California in Spanish.

Photo request

Is anybody on or within reach of the UCB or the Stanford campus and would be able to get a pic of a kiwibot for the Kiwi Campus page I have just perpetrated? I believe it would have to be uploaded here rather than on Commons, with a fair use rationale, since presumably the appearance of the robots is proprietary. Thanks in advance to anyone willing and able; my camera is on its last legs and I think it will be easier to catch one at Berkeley, which is a bit of a lengthy and costly trip for me. Yngvadottir (talk) 19:38, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

One of your project's articles has been selected for improvement!

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Please note that Vicki Gunvalson, which is within this project's scope, has been selected as one of Today's articles for improvement. The article was scheduled to appear on Wikipedia's Community portal in the "Today's articles for improvement" section for one week, beginning today. Everyone is encouraged to collaborate to improve the article. Thanks, and happy editing!
Delivered by MusikBot talk 00:05, 14 January 2019 (UTC) on behalf of the TAFI team

Is this the place to raise questions about California legislature history?

I am not American, and I failed to find a comprehensive history of the legislature and government of California between when it became a State in 1850 and somewhere around the 1970s. My first attempt to find out whether I merely failed to find the articles or if they don't exist is at Talk:Members of the California State Legislature#History? What came before these lists?. The driver that got me looking was a discussion at Talk:John Cain (junior)#Requested move 9 January 2019 about renaming an article about one of the Australian John Cains to better distinguish it from his father and son who were and are also John Cain. I wanted to improve the disambiguation page by adding birth and death years for the Californian politician John Edward Cain. I could not find them, or even what years he served in the legislature or which district he represented. Have I missed an entire suite of articles about historic lists of memberships and electoral districts, or do they not exist for California? --Scott Davis Talk 11:58, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Title of the Governor's wife

There is dispute regarding California Governor Gavin Newsom's wife – Jennifer Siebel Newsom – should be referred to as First Lady or First Partner within her encyclopedia article. I invite editors to review the relevant information and build a consensus to solve this issue, here. CookieMonster755 19:24, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

Invitation to attend a Southern California Regional mini Unconference

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Who: All Wikipedians & Wikimedians

What: Southern California Regional mini Unconference.

When: Sunday 3 March 2019, 2:00PM PST / 1400 until 4:10PM PST / 1610

Where: Philippe's at Chinatown, Los Angeles

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Sponsor: San Diego Wikimedians User Group ( US-SAN )

Your host: RightCowLeftCoast (talk · contribs)

Please add your username to our attendees list so we know how many will be attending, due to the limited size of the cafe.

(Delivered: 00:38, 10 February 2019 (UTC) You can unsubscribe from future invitations to San Diego Wikimedians User Group events by removing your name from the WikiProject San Diego mass mailing list & the Los Angeles mass mailing list.)

Wikipedia Day LA, February 24, 2019

Wikipedia Day LA 2019
Consider the Source
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Please join the LA User Group, Wikimedians of Los Angeles, for an afternoon of panels, presentations and conversations on the subject of sources, and cake (locally sourced), in celebration of Wikipedia's 18th birthday.

Sunday, February 24, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

The Ace Hotel (DTLA)

929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

For more details or to sign up, see Wikipedia Day LA, or RSVP via Eventbrite.

Everyone is welcome! We hope to see you there. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:00, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

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Art + Feminism 2019

Art+Feminism 2019 Los Angeles Events!

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

You are invited to join Art+Feminism's annual worldwide Wikipedia edit-a-thon and help close Wikipedia's gender gap at one of these Los Angeles–area museums this March! RSVP/Details here.

  • Sunday, March 3: The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (DTLA), Noon–5p. Focus: Women+Comedy.
  • Saturday, March 9: Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College (Monterey Park), Noon–4p. Focus: Latinx+Non-Binary Artists.
  • Sunday, March 10: Hammer Museum (Westwood), Noon–5p. Focus: Women+Film+Media
  • Sunday, March 17: LACMA (Miracle Mile), Noon–5p. Focus: Women+Design+Craft
  • Sunday, March 31: California African American Museum (Exposition Park/USC), 1–4p. Focus: Women of CAAM.

These Los Angeles events are co-hosted by online magazine East of Borneo and include step-by-step Wikipedia instruction for beginners. Bring your laptop or tablet computer and any reference materials you'd like to work from or share. People of all gender expressions and identities are encouraged to attend.

I hope to see you there! StaceyEOB (talk) - MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 04:06, 3 March 2019 (UTC)

Native names for landforms in California

Cristiano Tomás has added a number of Spanish |native_name= to landforms in California (see, e.g., Manzanita Lake, Novato Creek, Carrizo Plain). Zzyzx11 has disputed these Spanish names, because they are not verifiable: they do not appear to be based on reliable sources.

Are there reliable sources for the use of these Spanish names as native names, e.g., before California became part of the United States? I have found a few, and would encourage editors to find more. —hike395 (talk) 08:48, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

To clarify my objection: my understanding with many of the infoboxes is that |native_name= should be only used if the majority language spoken in the area was not English at the time that place or geographical feature was named. Just because these names have Spanish etymology does not give carte blanche to just merely post literal Spanish translations without any evidence that they were ever used as common or official names. Otherwise, you are just posting an unsourced assumption/original research. For example, artificial lakes that were created in the 20th Century, when English was now the common/majority language in California. I have no objections for those features whose names existed when they were still in Native American/Spanish/Mexican/etc. rule, per se. But again, we should not automatically assume literal English-to-Spanish translations. Zzyzx11 (talk) 08:56, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

Nomination of Portal:History of California for deletion

A discussion is taking place as to whether Portal:History of California is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The page will be discussed at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Portal:History of California until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the page during the discussion, including to improve the page to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the deletion notice from the top of the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Northamerica1000 (talkcontribs) 01:30, 31 March 2019 (UTC)

A new newsletter directory is out!

A new Newsletter directory has been created to replace the old, out-of-date one. If your WikiProject and its taskforces have newsletters (even inactive ones), or if you know of a missing newsletter (including from sister projects like WikiSpecies), please include it in the directory! The template can be a bit tricky, so if you need help, just post the newsletter on the template's talk page and someone will add it for you.

– Sent on behalf of Headbomb. 03:11, 11 April 2019 (UTC)
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