How long have you lived in Southern California?
Since birth.

What impact, if any, do you feel living in Southern California has had on your writing?
Maybe the vast amounts of car time have contributed a bit  of meditative time (so scarce in our rushed era) and to being able to listen to books on tape–being read to, hearing poems and prose while driving is pretty amazing and helpful for the writing ear and mind.

Please list three objects/events/phenomena that you feel best represent Southern California.
Kick ass Mexican food from various regions, kick ass tequilas from various regions, skunks and possums and raccoons and coyotes roaming neighborhoods.