I got my dog from Von Falconer's in Bonny Doon, CA - santa cruz county, about 3 hours south of you. Here are some photos of our girl, 2 1/2 years old.
She is working stock, very large for a female 84-88lbs, the breeder expected her to be more in the 75lb range. Her sister is smaller like that but her brother is huge. If you are interested, I would really speak with someone there about the temperament you want in a dog. They also do training and focus on protection work. Our dog and her sister, seemed to be very high drive, independent dogs, needed a lot of training and work. My dog hated obedience training, all she wanted to do was go on agility equipment. Things are definitely better now that she is older, great with our cats. Fun loving but protective personality. Her brother was very sweet and seemed easier to control. I know two other people in the area that have males from this breeder and they seem to be fine. My husband's friend has 11 year old black make, 125 lbs, very good dog - even around his new baby, but this dog got a two week intensive training course when it was younger. This man also had a female from him that died of cancer when she was 9 or 10 that was more intense than his male.
Also I had an issue in not getting my AKC papers, but everybody else I spoke with has not had an issue with that. Their dogs come with a good, comprehensive booklet about puppy care, training hand signals, commands in different languages, and 4 free training sessions which would be hard since you are far away.
My mother lives in Davis and I've gone there and back in a day.