An alternative to conventional chains:
A bit spendy, but you don't have to worry about taking out a brake line or hitting any suspension components with a chain wrapping around the inside face of the tire.
I also just found these:
Not sure if they would qualify in California, but they seem to be pretty well respected (and have been in business for quite some time).
Funny story about tire chains (at least for me):
I was in the Army (Military Police) in the early 80s posted in Seoul, South Korea. We had a snow storm and I had to go down to the motor pool to check out an M151A2 for my patrol shift. Due to the snow the tech on duty said that I had to put chains on the vehicle before they would let me leave the motor pool.
I looked at him and said, "Chains? Your going to have to show me how to put those on."
He asked, "Where are you from?"
I replied, "Wisconsin."
He then asked, "And you don't know how to put chains on?"
To which I replied, "Hell no, we know how to drive in Wisconsin!"
I got a good laugh out of him.