Badger, California

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Badger is an unincorporated community located in Tulare County in California at an elevation of 3,038 feet. It has a population of 140. The zip code is 93603 and the area code 559. It is normally reached by California State Route 245.

It is in the Cutler-Orosi Unified School District; High-school-aged students who live in Badger must ride a bus for about 23 miles (37 km) to attend school.

Government[edit]

In the California State Legislature, Badger is in the 8th Senate District, represented by Republican Andreas Borgeas, and in the 23rd Assembly District, represented by Republican Jim Patterson.[1]

In the United States House of Representatives, Badger is in California's 23rd congressional district, represented by Republican Kevin McCarthy[2]

Popular culture[edit]

Badger was featured in an early 1970s McDonald's commercial in which it is claimed that a Visalia McDonald's served the entire population of the town for US$12.61.[3] The population was 15 at the time of filming this commercial.

History[edit]

In the 1970s and the 1980s, the controversial organization Synanon operated a residential compound on nearby Dry Creek Road. Badger was in the national news in October 1978 when the Los Angeles Police Department served a search warrant at this site in connection with a deliberate rattlesnake attack on attorney Paul Morantz who was critical of the organization. In 2020, the local newspaper reported that the former compound of the cult will become vacation rentals.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "California's 23rd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Hb4Yy5yxo
  4. ^ Ellis, Reggie (September 9, 2020). "Former Synanon compound to become site for vacation rentals". The Sun Gazette. Badger. Retrieved December 28, 2020.

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Coordinates: 36°37′53″N 119°00′47″W / 36.631389°N 119.013056°W / 36.631389; -119.013056