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Eight California cities made it onto the 2008 US City Sustainability Rankings from SustainLane, a media network company based in San Francisco. Of the eight, four made it into the top 25 leaving the other four in the bottom 25. And it's no surprise that the bottom 25 list includes Central and Southern California cities with Northern California cities ranking at the top (full list here):

2. San Francisco
9. Oakland
13. Sacramento
21. San Jose
26. San Diego
28. Los Angeles
37. Fresno
44. Long Beach

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In specific categories, Los Angeles came in second to last out of 50 for air quality (Long Beach got 47, Fresno was 50) and housing affordability (Long Beach got 47, San Francisco is last). Los Angeles ranked with the worst metro street congestion and despite our award winning water in regards to tastiness, our water quality is apparently the worst. However, Long Beach came in number two for one thing: waste management (San Francisco received the top ranking), although they did fail in city innovation and knowledge base.