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Can you identify this plant?

Asking for a friend who found these in his Los Angeles backyard: The nuts start out green like olives, then turn. Inside is a hard shell. If you crack that open there is a strong smell my friend described as a cross between almond, macadamia and hazelnut, mostly almond. His dog chewed up the nuts so he's wondering if they're toxic at all.
posted by Hairy Lobster on Jun 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Unpaid Wages: small claims court or CA labor board?

Trying to get about $900 of missing wages paid. Should I go through small claims court or file a missing wages claim with California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 22, 2015 - 4 answers

raw sewage in bathroom - landlord responsibility in California

There is a pile of raw sewage in my bathroom due to a blocked pipe in the apartment complex I live in. The pipe is shared by multiple units. Landlord is refusing to properly deal with situation. [more inside]
posted by AtoBtoA on Jun 21, 2015 - 13 answers

Driving SF to LA... where to stay?

My wife and I are going to take a short break on the West Coast, visiting friends in SF and LA on consecutive weekends and taking the week to drive between the two along the coast down Route 1. We've not been to that part of the world before, so we'd welcome recommendations on cool places to stay and visit.
posted by 43rdAnd9th on Jun 16, 2015 - 20 answers

What Bird Is This?

I've heard this bird ever since childhood, but have never been able to identify it. [more inside]
posted by Jangatroo on Jun 9, 2015 - 8 answers

If SanFran slides into the Pacific, which apps will stop functioning?

With several major (many users) social media service providers being headquartered in, or near to, San Francisco in California, what would be the effect on these services of a catastrophe e.g. earthquake, tsunami, Godzilla etc laying waste to the city? Would these services still be able to function without a HQ, senior personnel and owners, and with all of the disruption caused by such a catastrophe to their HQ host city? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Jun 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Shipping car from Utah to CA: tips & recommendations?

Need to move my mother from SLC (Utah) to LA (CA). Don't want to risk driving her aging car on the highways in July for fear of a mechanical breakdown or worse. Moving company quoted us $900-1000 to add car to the moving experience. Uship.com finds quotes from many services who offer car transport for considerably less. Does anyone have any recommendations, particularly with car transport companies to trust (and others to avoid)? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on May 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me plan a chill Mid/Norcal vaycay!

Hivemind!, Previously, you helped me plan a killer trip up to Joshua Tree by pointing me to Kate's Lazy Desert (A+++!). Now I've got about a week before I start a new job and the lady friend and I are looking to make our way up the Cali coast in search of the perfect chill. There are plenty of travel guides, but I always prefer a personal touch. We'll be departing from LA and happy to see anything north from there! More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on May 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Identify this home decor product line from the 70s/80s?

Can anyone help identify this design (I know it was at least used on sheets and wallpaper, if not more products)? This is a design on a product line that has since been discontinued. I'd like to know who used to sell these products and how to find them. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dmalashock on May 24, 2015 - 3 answers

San Diego Vacation

I would like to take my wife and two kids ( 4 & 6 ) to the San Diego Zoo. Outside of that, what else is awesome to do in San Diego? We will rent a car. We will be going sometime in July. Where should we stay? Give me all the cool things we should do during a 5 day period.
posted by jasondigitized on May 19, 2015 - 15 answers

Your favorite winery in Paso Robles, CA?

We're going to Paso this weekend! There's some recs on the Green from 8 years ago but many tasting rooms have closed and opened since then. What's your favorite winery to visit in the Paso area? (If you have a favorite coffee shop in San Luis Obispo that would be great to know too!)
posted by rednikki on May 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Things to do north of SF?

I'll be driving north of San Francisco up the coast. I'll stay in Mendocino and Crescent City, and will stay in Redding on the way down. What should I do? Whales would be cool. I love oysters and seafood. I plan on seeing the redwoods, but haven't decided where. I'll also check out Lassen. But beyond that, I'd love suggestions!
posted by persona au gratin on May 15, 2015 - 27 answers

Marijuana use in Oakland

I have some questions about (medical) marijuana use in Oakland. (Primarily about legality, but also a bonus question about drug interactions.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2015 - 9 answers

RoRo's Big Adventure

Dearest Mefites of the USA, my 21 yo daughter is planning to galavant around your country this Northern Hemisphere summer, and we'd like your input! Any advice/recommendations for things to see, places to go, how to get there, accommodation, etc appreciated. We're yet to book flights, leaving everything pretty much to the last minute. We have friends in San Fran who will likely be her first stop, then after that, all is variable. [more inside]
posted by goshling on May 3, 2015 - 63 answers

ID this 1950s California poster?

The headline is "Better Not Start Anything", and it's shown in this photo from this book, California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties. [more inside]
posted by a halcyon day on Apr 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Public transit between SFO and Middletown, CA

Is there any public bus, or other form of public transit, to get me from SFO to Middletown, California, and back again?
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2015 - 6 answers

Need Health Insurance, Will Travel

Leaving California for a while for life on the road. Health insurance only covers me in CA, and not very well. What are my options for changing insurance? I do not qualify for any subsidies under the affordable care act. [more inside]
posted by justjess on Apr 5, 2015 - 1 answer

What should I do about my expired license plates?

Why does it cost so much to renew vehicle registration? This is bullshit. How much trouble could I get in if I don't do it? Is there some sort of loop hole to register more cheaply? This question involves California and Oregon. [more inside]
posted by peachpie on Apr 1, 2015 - 47 answers

How Do You Find Art by Obscure Artists?

Recently we purchased a watercolor by an artist, who we discovered was originally from Wisconsin. During the 1930s he spent time in California working as an artist before returning to Madison, Wisconsin, where he spent his final years (1940s-1970s). We really like the artist's life story and artwork and would like to find more of his paintings. But, he's very obscure, help? [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Things to do in Newport Beach CA

Looking for suggestions for cool/quirky places to see in an afternoon at Newport Beach (history, nerdy, technology, walks/views, etc.). I'll probably head down towards the beach, and take it from there. Bike rental is a possibility. Cheap-ish (non-fancy) seafood and Asian places would be appreciated. I could also stand a $20-25 cab ride each way to somewhere interesting. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by carter on Mar 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Miss Spiteful and Pipeworks brewing in Chicago, how can I ship them?

I moved to the Bay Area a year ago and have no complaints about the weather thus far. On the other hand I really miss the Chicago breweries that aren't available in stores out here. I'd love to get my hands on some of their new releases, particularly their stouts and porters. Anyone know if it's legal and possible to ship beer to CA for personal consumption and how to go about it?
posted by Carillon on Mar 10, 2015 - 3 answers

How to ride a bike across California?

What do I need to know to do a bike tour from the top of California to the bottom? [more inside]
posted by morninj on Mar 8, 2015 - 11 answers

LA + baby + travel = SUPER GREAT, right?

The husband, the baby and I are flying to LA for a week on very short notice (Saturday). I'll be busy for most of the days; he'll be bopping around with the kid (and is familiar with the area). We'll have one full day for fun together. Ideas and tips? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Mar 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Last chance vacation in the West: California or Vegas?

We are moving to the East Coast at the end of the summer. We currently live in the West (Canada). This summer will be our last chance to vacation on this side of the continent. Help me decide whether to pick Las Vegas or somewhere in California in the last week of July. Difficulties: must be super fun for our four-year-old daughter. No Disney (too expensive). [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Mar 3, 2015 - 24 answers

What plant is this? filter.

Help us identify this plant! [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Feb 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Newport Beach Walkability

I'll be attending a conference in March, and staying at Newport Beach (Specifically the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa). I'll be interested in checking out the beach, getting a few good meals, and getting beers after the conference. Is that sort of thing walkable, or should I consider renting a car? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Feb 23, 2015 - 8 answers

California unemployment now or later?

I just got laid off at work (position eliminated) and need to file for unemployment/EDD. Three complicating factors: Wedding, severance and a freelance gig. Need advice on timing. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Feb 20, 2015 - 11 answers

What happens if you can't replace your drivers license in California?

I lost my California driver's license. I mean I physically lost it, it wasn't revoked or suspended. Due to DMV backlogs, I can't replace it for another six weeks. What will happen if I'm pulled over? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Jan 12, 2015 - 18 answers

Furniture consignment or resale in East Bay?

Before I can finally move from the 'burbs to Oakland, I need to shed some (all?) of my furniture. It's decent quality and was fairly pricey when initially purchased but none of it is antique or unique. (Think Restoration Hardware and Room and Board.) So I would like to sell it if possible. But my job and travel schedule mean that I really can't do it myself. Hopefully the hivemind can recommend someone that can help!
posted by susiswimmer on Jan 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Now this is a story all about how...

I am looking for SoCal music, the newer the better. It doesn't have to be from there necessarily but it has to evoke it. No Eagles. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Dec 14, 2014 - 34 answers

Getting a CA ID quickly.

I was stupid and put off getting a new ID (after a cross-country move, to the bay area in California) after my old one expired. I have a flight on the 18th. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by wayland on Dec 8, 2014 - 22 answers

Relocating to Sacramento - advice needed re furniture & dogs

I just got a new job in Sacramento and will be relocating there next month from Washington. (Yikes! That's soon!) Should I bring everything (furniture-wise) with me or is there a good furniture consignment place there? Also, anything a dog owner should know? [more inside]
posted by knolan on Dec 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Outside the circle of fire.

I'm a field recordist and a solitude-lover. I'd like to camp in the most sound-rich environment possible for New Year's. I'm in Southern California. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 8, 2014 - 2 answers

How do we holiday?

Boyfriend and I are at a crossroads after 6 years. He's in Chicago and I just left to move to San Francisco. After several months apart not speaking much, we plan to spend our December holiday making some big together-or-not decisions. He'll fly to SF and after that we have 10 days and around $2000 between us for a trip. Where would you suggest we focus our resources for a holiday? Tahoe? Yoga retreat? Bicycle trip? Surf School? Bit of a wide open question but all suggestions and specific recommendations welcome! [more inside]
posted by gillianr on Nov 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Chico/Paradise/Lake Oroville: off-the-grid camping spots to recommend?

Hi folks, we have a tradition (this is year six!) that every Thanksgiving we take our boys camping (and cooking) over the holiday break. It's been an awesome tradition, and we've recently relocated to the Bay Area from SoCal and are looking forward to the first year of a new range for our Thankscamping. Your insight about the area would be very helpful! [more inside]
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel on Nov 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Pacific Northwest road trip

We want to drive from Contra Costa County, CA, to Anglicon 2015 in Seattle. We'd like an interesting drive up and back down that balances sights and time, and would like to hit Portland along the way (and maybe tiptoe into Canada after Seattle). We have lots of specific requests, so we'd love some help. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Nov 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me double-check that all my car-buying-ducks are in a row?

Sweetie and I are in the market for a used car in California. We found, via a used car display agency, a car that we both like. Difficulty level: Private seller, plates and registration from South Carolina. Can you help us figure out what our fees will be and how they might differ if the car were registered in California? [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Nov 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Contact lenses in California

Is a lens fitting a requirement in California? If so, how much does one typically cost? [more inside]
posted by null14 on Oct 30, 2014 - 15 answers

A Bay Area DIY writer's retreat on the cheap?

Help me discover a place in the greater Bay Area I can go for a few days to focus on a writing project. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Tour de Northern California

We are (likely) headed to northern California for March 7-14. What should we do, and how should we divide our time? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Oct 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Can a software company in California insist employees limit drinking?

Can a software company in California insist that employees participate in a system that limits drinking after hours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Breast pumping rights in California?

Is there a right to breast pump in private businesses in California? There is a right for breastfeeding in CA Civil Code S 43-53, but it doesn't mention breast pumping. If there is, what is the best way to lodge a complaint about being disallowed from breast pumping?
posted by Joe Chip on Oct 6, 2014 - 14 answers

recs for vets accessible by public transport?

So I am about to adopt my first cat (specifically this one, yay Mefi!). I'm looking for a vet for regular wellness checks in my area (Emeryville, CA, near Ashby Bart) - the catch is that I'm reliant on public transport, and I don't have a ton of money. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 30, 2014 - 13 answers

California WIA/WIB re-training question.

Anyone with experience with re-training approval through WIA, I need some advice. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos on Sep 24, 2014 - 0 answers

Things to do in Yosemite

Things to do in Yosemite when you only have one day and also the park is on fire! I'll be in Sequoia, finishing a backpacking trip on Tuesday, 9/22 around 10am, and was planning to drive up towards Yosemite from there. I want to be in San Fransisco by the evening of 9/24. I've never been to Yosemite and I'd love to see it, but not sure specifically where to go and what to do. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Seafood restaurants in Monterey? Special snowflake requirements ho!

Seafood restaurants in Monterey? Special snowflake requirements ho! [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Sep 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Safe to bring California bay laurel/pepperwood to Arizona?

Can I bring California bay laurel branches to Arizona without potentially causing an ecological problem? [more inside]
posted by pony707 on Sep 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Going to California near Huntington Beach in October. Need ideas.

We'll be in CA in Oct. for a week w/ husband and son. We need ideas on what to do beyond Disney/Legoland. [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Sep 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Take the 5 to the 5 and then just stay on the 5.

I've noticed that it's been a trend since at least the 90's to complain about the Californians moving to your city and buying up all the property at inflated rates. But is this really a real thing? [more inside]
posted by annie o on Sep 6, 2014 - 14 answers

California security deposit question

Our landlord was late returning our security deposit (past the 21 calendar day limit) and lost his right to withhold deductions. After we sent a demand via certified mail he sent a check for our deposit less some deductions. If we cash the check he sent, do we give up our right to pursue return of the full amount of the deposit? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Sep 5, 2014 - 11 answers

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