If I were you I would seriously consider taking a travel nurse position to get where you want to go. There is a lot of money to be made traveling in California, plus if you use a good company, they will reimburse your license cost, give you travel money, plus find you a free private apartment and pay utilities except phone. That way you are only commited for the length of your contract if you hate the place.
Traveling is wonderful. If nurses new how great it was, no one would stay a staff nurse
There are some good companies around. PPR is mine, and Vanessa Donaldson is my recruiter. HRN is great, RN Network, Bridge Staffing, and there are plenty more. Check over on delphiforums at the Travel Nurse and Therapists message board.