RE: Coal Fired Brick Ovens in Calif.?
There's gotta be. Such places are common in NoCal. There's even a chain, Amici's, with outlets in Dublin, Mountain View, Redwood Shores, San Francisco (2), San mateo and San Rafael. Maybe they're in SoCal too.
Maybe the best-known independent place is Tommasso's which claims to have one of the first wood-fired brick pizza ovens in this country. And you may get Francis Ford Coppola cooking your pizza (you SoCal types appreciate these celebrity connections, I think)--he's been known to work out such skills in their kitchen.