Unless you're independently wealthy, Southern California is no place for guys just starting out.
I left there 10 years ago... I felt hopeless.. I was stuck in a crummy apartment, and all my money went into housing, insurance, and car repairs.
For what I paid for an apartment in Torrance, I have a house in Phoenix. No, the weather is not as nice in the summer, but my standard of living is a lot higher.
Compared to San Diego, the wages in Phoenix are on par. The cost of housing was less than 1/2 that of San Diego when I moved here.
So, Southern California (San Diego, Aneheim, Los Angeles) is an area where the wages do not justify the cost of living, so you'd be much better off someplace else, unless of course, you like being artificially impoverished.
Statisticaly, people from California are moving to Arizona, if they're younger, and Nevada, if they're older.
So, if you like the relatively low wagers, high taxes, and high housing prices, and if you decide to stay... take some courses in Spanish. You'll need it.