I'm born and raised in California (Bay Area) and went to DC for undergrad. I came back afterwards and I'm likely to leave again for law school. I may return after that. Nothing is permanent. You can always come back to California if you want to try something else for a while.
Having said that... I will be heartsick over California when I leave. I love it here.
As someone who went to Community College, I can say that I honestly don't think that it matters much. As long as your years there are strong and you transfer to a decent school and do well, you'll be fine.
I remember a while back someone posted a list of questions that you should ask when visiting law schools. Does anyone know where I can find this? I can't find when I search. If nothing else, what are you planning on asking when you visit?