How do you mess up a bagel?
It's not really about messing up the bagels, as there's just not the same kind of culture here. You don't see bagel, pretzel, hotdog, etc cart vendors around here (like at all). So you can pretty much only get such things at either chain stores (which are pretty bleh), or "upscale" "trendy" specialty bakeries (ie: expensive). On the flip side, we have tacos, burritos, and tomales all over the place. I'm not sure if "guy selling home made tomales out of the back of a van in a mall parking lot" is quite the equivalent of a bagel cart, but there you have it.
I spent 7 years there and was happy we had Base Housing, because then our water came from California Canal system. I spent 3 months living off base and my ex would fill up jugs of water on base and bring them home for me to use for drinking and cooking. When my 1 month old would let me have time to take a shower, I had to hold my nose and get in and out before the smell of sulfur made me sick.
How long has it been since you lived in the area? Not sure which part of California you were in, but I distinctly (very distinctly) recall there was a period of time in the early to mid 80s, where the water quality in San Diego was really really bad. Like hold your nose bad. Like you could smell the sulfur in the pipes when not even running them. You could smell it on your clothes after washing them. Yeah... bad.
Hasn't been like that for 30 years or so though. Not sure what they did, but they significantly improved things. I have no issues just drinking filtered fridge water.