I know you aren't from a foreign country.
It's just another reason why the job market for LVNs is so so dismal these days, and why contacting the board governing LVNs is a *****, although it was never all that great to begin with.
Here's the website you need to find all about how to endorse for California.
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
. . .and to find out how to bridge to RN . . .
Board of Registered Nursing
California has traditionally been a place with higher than average pay, but as with all things the demand for jobs has had a downward pull on wages. I made $18.00/hr in private duty in 2004. It has pretty much stagnated since then.
You may be hired at an acute care hospital, as I was very close to being hired at the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital in 2005. The stickler was that my acute care experience wasn't recent enough for the supervisor there. It's that your odds aren't on your side there.
I would strongly suggest you get at least your BLS, get IV certified as well. You can find lots of IV cert classes online as well. Good luck!