Between 2005 and 2006 over 413 thousand acres of farmland was developed. This land was turned into housing or retail establishments, near the larger cities and suburbs. Land is very expensive no matter what region of California it is in.
Students need to understand that it is worth putting in the effort to develop professional connections and gain relevant career experience, even as an undergraduate. Do everything you can while you are in school to build your resume because graduating with professional experience is valuable.