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In New Episode of California City Podcast, A Former Employee Tells All

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In this new episode of the LAist Studios podcast "California City," it’s the end of an era: a judge has approved the sale of Silver Saddle Ranch.

For the first time in over 30 years, the remote property is no longer a tool to sell overpriced vacant desert land to unsuspecting people. Instead, the new owner is a man who once sold medical cannabis in L.A.

Plus, a former Silver Saddle employee comes forward with a disturbing story.

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In "California City" host Emily Guerin, a familiar byline for LAist readers, tells a story of money, power and deception. Deep in the Mojave Desert, there is a little town with a big name and a bizarre history: California City. For decades, real estate developers have sold a dream here: if you buy land now, you’ll be rich one day. Thousands of people bought this dream. Many were young couples and hard-working immigrants looking to build a better future. But much of the land they bought is nearly worthless.


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