What does your lease say about disputes?
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I agree with the previous answer and you can hire a lawyer in California to represent your interests and begin the lawsuit. Bear in mind you will be responsible for the fees unless the statute or your lease has an attorney's fee provision. You should be able to find an attorney in the jurisdiction on this website.
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Both previous answers are not correct. Your landlord can be sued in GA because she owns property in GA. You sue here and serve her in California. If you win, you can get a judgment lien against the property. There may also be a way to serve the agent in GA and that could be good service on the landlord. See OCGA 44-7-3
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What state is the property located? I am not familiar with Georgia's civil procedure rules but generally if the property is located in Georgia and the landlord has a personal representative in Georgia then you should be able to bring the suit there. You should speak to a local attorney who can advise you about the procedures. Also, for a fee, you can ask an attorney to send a demand letter on your behalf which may be more effective then sending a demand letter yourself and save you the trouble of bringing a lawsuit. Again, you should speak to a local attorney.Ask a similar question