Location: Los Angeles
From the very beginning, The California Club was known as the stuffiest of Los Angeles' elite clubs. The old saying went, "The people who run Los Angeles belong to the Jonathan Club. The people who own Los Angeles belong to the California Club." In this case, "stuffy" also means racist. The first Jewish member of the club (Harold Brown, President of California Institute of Technology) wasn't admitted until the late 1970s. Somehow, in a city that prizes youth, the stodgy California Club continues to thrive. Though they have been forced to get on the right side of history in terms of diversity, you still can't get in unless you're wearing fancy leather shoes and have enough money to afford several closets of them.