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Consultant deepwater drilling engineer when oil hits $30/barrel is pretty good. I had clients going bankrupt, so I didn't bother going to work. I'd go on extended rides all day and get paid nicely. Then they stopped paying me. Now working a consulting gig with 90-100% travel, have 2 young kids and a third on the way. It's the opposite of training/racing friendly. But that's due to trying to be a good parent when I'm home on weekends. Honestly, though, energy companies have a pretty strong track record supporting employees in this type of endeavor, with tons fielding teams for MS 150 rides and having work-organized training rides.
For the flats, just stick around palm springs/desert. Most of the famous climbs in so cal are a short drive away. Baldy, glendora, and palomar are all reasonably close and are staples of the tour of California. Probably the best, or easiest, way to find a climb worth doing in your neighborhood is checking out what Phil gaimon has been riding on strava.