I got my private certificate at AeroDynamic last year. Both my instructor, Jim Grant, and the school itself are excellent. All of the instructors there are real tailwheel instructors, not just instructors who happen to have a tailwheel endorsement, and most are aerobatic instructors, as well. You will learn stick and rudder skills. Heck, even I've managed not to ground loop yet.
PS: I'm from Humboldt originally, so I'd have to be feeling pretty generous to call anything south of Mendocino "Northern CA"