Here is a list of the products I've considered (I have a similar problem to OP, except I don't have AWD):
Spikes Spiders http://www.spikes-spiderusa.com/: Basically you attach a hub contraption to your car at the begining of winter, and then the spikes spiders themselves just snap on when you need them, and snap off again. About $500-$600. I actually bought a set. The one and only time I tried to use them, they came off, and one went to parts unknown. Probably bad hub installation on my part, but I'm loath to try another time.
Thule K-Summit http://www.thule.com/en/US/Products/SnowChains.aspx Appears similar to Spikes Spiders except you don't need to preinstall a hub and they are supposed to go on without any tools. Amazon reviews were mixed--some people really loved them and others had problems with them coming off.
Autosocks: promising, but they can't be used on dry roads, and the tirerack.com website says they aren't for use where there are chain controls.
Snobootz: http://www.snobootz.com/ Actually considering plunking down money on this: $250. Basically rubber and metal cleats that attach to your wheels with velcro and fabric. Consumer Reports had difficulty putting them on and other reviewers had a great deal of difficulty taking them off. Consumer reports said they were excellent on ice and hard packed snow, but not as good as all season tires in loose snow. Supposedly can be driven on dry pavement for short periods.
The Snobootz website says they're legal in CA, but that's not quite the same thing as saying they'll satisfy chain control requirements.
Hope this helps.