I've looked at old election maps, political districts and precinct maps of the state in the past and found that the electorate and elected officials of the California Democratic Party in the years following world war II was much different than it would eventually become.
It seems that a lot of the major democrats of the time were sort of "Scoop Jackson Democrats" if that's what you want to call them. Guys I would be thinking of would be Cecil King, Chet Holifield, Clyde Doyle etc. Their constituencies were often middle and working class communities of migrants who came from points east. They were traditional FDR-era populists. But they also tended to be very hawkish as their districts depended on continued production in the aerospace industry and were just as dedicated a cold warrior as any republican. So you could say they were your standard "tax, guns and butter pols".
My question I guess is what happened to this type of democrat in CA? It seems that Glenn Anderson of the South Bay was the last of that mold.