Update: found a tiny but fully-furnished one-bedroom apartment in Pasadena. It's located in the same, leafy neighborhood where they filmed the movie Halloween. It's just blocks from the Rose Bowl and I can look out my bathroom window and see snow-capped mountains.
My new neighbors all raise chickens, I can hear flocks of parrots (yes, parrots) flying overhead and the lemons in the yard are the size of grapefruits. But they have to coop their chickens at night because the coyotes come out.
I also have a couple of promising leads on jobs I can do temporarily while building up a fitness clientele.
I could be out their permanently in four to six weeks. Just have some loose ends to tie up before I go.