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Seven hours to kill in Los Angeles - how to occupy our time? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by liquorice on Jul 13, 2014 - 18 answers

It's Always Sunny in L.A. (Dermatologist needed and more LA questions!)

So we moved to Los Angeles four days ago (in what I think is Mid-Wilshire-- the closest landmarks are the tar pits and the Grove) and while I've been eagerly reading past archives of LA lifehacks and tips, I could use some further advice. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Jul 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Things To Do In Los Angeles When You're Twelve

Family -- including my preteen cousin -- is coming to visit me in Los Angeles and I'm not sure where to bring them. Special personality snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 21, 2014 - 33 answers

Would you pay an extra $1K/yr to be able to choose your own doctors?

How much is it worth to you to have (relative) freedom of choice? Enrolling in health insurance and I'm debating between an HMO and a PPO (both under Blue Shield of CA). The difference in cost is roughly $1,000. I'm a 26 year old female but I'm not exactly "healthy". I have mysterious, debilitating, chronic joint pain all over (undiagnosed as of yet), a couple car accident-related injuries that flare up every now and then, and I need to get a pap smear every 3 months due to a recent scare. So acupuncturists, chiropractors, internists, rheumatologists, and gynecologists must all be within easy reach for me. [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Jun 19, 2014 - 23 answers

Where should my family rent a house in July (driving distance from LA)?

I've got a wife, two small kids, a dog (although the dog doesn't always come with us), and an insatiable urge to get the hell out of LA in July. Where should we go? We'd like to rent a house in an area that's not too pricey but still nice and clean. Has to be within, say, a 4 hour drive of LA. Near the beach is a plus. Maybe not completely swamped with people is a plus. Are there any hidden gems, or should we just go to Santa Barbara like everyone else?
posted by malhouse on Jun 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Mountain Biking between Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

I'm having brunch in Santa Barbara this weekend, and then driving back to Los Angeles where I live. After brunch I'd like to drive for a while into the wilderness, park my car, and then ride my rigid frame mountain bike on some scenic single track (or fire roads, sure) for a few hours before heading home. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Museum jobs in Los Angeles: tips, suggestions, advice?

Pretty basic: my partner and I are relocating from the East Coast to Los Angeles in July; I am hoping to find a job (or jobs) in one of LA's many fascinating cultural institutions. Primarily looking for positions in research, outreach, or education. I am looking for any suggestions as to listserves, forums, job posting boards, or other places where I can start looking for posted positions, as well as any local groups like the EMPs that I might be able to join once there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2014 - 6 answers

things to do in LA with an 11-month old?

my 11-month old son and i are tagging along on my husband's business trip to LA. staying in seal beach and looking for things to do! [more inside]
posted by sabh on Feb 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Didn't someone sleep through the stop for Winslow, Arizona?

Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up! Great resources on the early history of Hollywood? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 27, 2014 - 27 answers

The job market in LA

I'm making plans to move to Los Angeles and I very likely will have someone else accompanying me who is also feeling the desire to move to Los Angeles with me as well (he went with me on a week long vacation - please note the previous AskMeFi for better reference [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Sourcing Spanish language materials in California

I am traveling to California for the holidays, and I am slowly learning Spanish. I'd like to use this trip to motivate my learning. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Dec 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Moving to LA

I've just recently come back from a week-long vacation to Los Angeles where I got to stay with my aunt and we had a great time seeing things and visiting places. The weather was amazing and I realistically thought it was the best vacation I have ever been on. She really wants me to move there. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 4, 2013 - 27 answers

Where to see the stars (the space ones) +/- 2 hours from LA?

Good news: After a long period of being broke as a joke, I fell into a little bit of cash. I'd like to take the lady friend on a trip. She recently mentioned that she'd never seen a real night sky. I'd like to change that. Where, say, plus/minus 2 hours from Los Angeles can two young folk go see a sky full of starts? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Sep 13, 2013 - 19 answers

What is a certified kitchen?

I live in California and cannot, for the life of me, find any documentation, web site, or book that defines this. I know that foods for public consumption (for the most part) have to be produced in a certified kitchen. Are there certain fixtures or appliances REQUIRED in a certified kitchen? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Aug 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Dealing with future earthquakes in California

What do Californians think and feel about the possibility of future big earthquakes in that region, especially the so-called "Big One"? I'm looking for articles which really get into how those who dwell there handle that knowledge, respond to it, and so on. Articles about building standards or government response are fine, but I would like to know about individuals, groups, businesses and the like. [more inside]
posted by Thing on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

I want to know the history of the city without a history

Please recommend some books about the history of Southern California. I'm specifically interested in the evolution of car culture and the L.A. area as a cultural incubator. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Apr 9, 2013 - 36 answers

I need a short term solution to homelessness of a four person family (2 adults, 2 children) in the Los Angeles area?

My family (self, fiance, and two children, ages 4 and 7) is currently homeless in Los Angeles. We are at a complete loss here... can anyone provide any insight, advice, anything at all to help us figure out what on earth to do? [more inside]
posted by chasethecarrot on Nov 5, 2012 - 69 answers

What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic (Santa Monica)?

What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic in Santa Monica? Are there any specific trails or routes I should be paying attention when hunting for housing? Any specific intersections to be avoided? [more inside]
posted by minedev on Aug 21, 2012 - 6 answers

What should 22nd century California be like?

I'm writing a series of time travel novels. Since my first one is scheduled to be published in November, I've been debating what my next one should be. One idea I have is for a young woman in San Francisco or Los Angeles to find herself 100 years in the future (in 2110 or so), but I need some help imagining a realistic future. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Jun 14, 2012 - 29 answers

Making a beer fan six long necks at a time

Best BOTTLED beers for a beer newbie in California? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Apr 14, 2012 - 17 answers

L.A. Mefites, I have a only couple of hours in your city. What should I do?

L.A. Mefites, I have only a couple of hours in your city. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by justgary on Apr 2, 2012 - 14 answers

You and your wife have teeth alive, now haven't you?

Refreshing an old question: dentists in Los Angeles (specifically West L.A./Santa Monica). [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 23, 2012 - 10 answers

What do you do when you're hit by someone without a driver's license or insurance?

My car was rear ended last night and it's starting to look like the guy who hit me does not have a driver's license or insurance. So I'm not really sure what my next move is. [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Nov 13, 2011 - 20 answers

Need advice for trip to Palm Springs and maybe Los Angeles.

Need advice for trip to Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CA. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Oct 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Grind down our lead painted windows?

Conflicting problems with both non-closing windows and likely lead paint in a Los Angeles rental. Maintenance plan to grind them all down later this week and I'm pregnant and worried about the dust. I would deeply appreciate some advice on how this might play out and how to handle it (yes, not legal advice) especially advice from those who know about California and LA rental issues. [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Sep 7, 2011 - 4 answers

L.A. for 5 days. What not to miss?

I'm going to Los Angeles for 5 days. What should I do there? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Sep 6, 2011 - 16 answers

Get me and my stuff from Point A to Point B (possibly via Point C?)

Transitioning from car-free East Coast existence to Southern California sprawl. What's the most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 28, 2011 - 17 answers

What's that annoying noise?

[SoCal Filter] What is that static that interferes with my car ipod player around Long Beach and Mojave? I use the kind of ipod adapter that transmits from ipod to car radio on FM, and it works very well other than this. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 on Jul 31, 2011 - 8 answers

Help needed for my last minute Cali trip

Going from SF to Pasadena via public transport -- is this possible? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Jun 29, 2011 - 21 answers

Southern California with a 2.5 year old.

Southern California with a 2.5 year old. Tips for things to do in and in between SD and LA. [more inside]
posted by gaspode on Mar 2, 2011 - 20 answers

LA Car Chases...

Have there been any books/papers/movies/theses/etc. done on the pathology of high speed chases particularly as they relate to Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Feb 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Gimme dem points

Starting a new traveling sales job. At what hotel chain should I throw all my business to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 - 20 answers

V-Day in LA

I'd like to do something cool with my wife for Valentine's Day. Difficulty: we'll be away from our home base in Riverside, CA (near Los Angeles). [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Feb 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me buy a Toyota Truck and get it on the road in LA

I want to buy a Toyota Hilux and get it licensed to drive in LA, CA. I have two questions: What mechanical problems should I look for when buying this specific truck (2WD, 22R engine, early 90's model)? What should I look out for when trying to license it in California? I'm shopping on Craigslist. [more inside]
posted by fake on Jan 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Loading up the truck and move on to Bev-- er, Oxnard.

I'm considering a move from middle America to the northern Los Angeles, CA region. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2011 - 28 answers

Destinations near LA and Tucson...

Help me plan this last minute trip! West coast and the south west... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Oct 13, 2010 - 5 answers

Socal Weekend Camping

Where, within a two-hour drive of Torrance, California, can I camp for one or two nights? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Sep 12, 2010 - 5 answers

How to find PacBell switching stations around LA

I am looking for a list of Pacific Telephone/Pacific Bell switching stations that were built before the 1980s around Los Angeles County. I want to do a series of photographic portraits of them. It seems like this information may be "suppressed for reasons of homeland security" but if anyone had any suggestions of where I may be able to dig it up archivally, it would be much appreciated!
posted by refractal on Aug 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Catching up between LA and Yorba Linda?

An old friend is visiting my vast metropolitan area and we'd like to meet up for lunch tomorrow. What's a good, infant-friendly spot to grab a bite of lunch, sip a beer (maybe shoot some pool?), somewhere between Yorba Linda, CA and downtown Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jul 16, 2010 - 3 answers

LA-Oakland move, need moving company recs

Any recommendations for good moving companies for a move from L.A. to the S.F. Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by kaiserin on Jul 3, 2010 - 5 answers

♫ You could travel the world, but nothing comes close to the golden coast...

Help me enjoy 5 weeks of California endulgence after living in the Middle East! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jun 17, 2010 - 9 answers

En danseuse jusqu'au sommet / Pedaler en grand braquet.

SoCal Cycling: What's the best way to continue through Palos Verdes from Torrance Beach? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on May 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Sell me on the City of Angels.

Can you help sell me on Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by fake on Apr 7, 2010 - 36 answers

Where do Southland sculptors shop?

Where do LA-based sculptors go to buy/sell used equipment? [more inside]
posted by Scram on Mar 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Light Rail in the City of Angels

Thanks to riding Chicago's L system so often I can sense my stop in my (literal) sleep, I think I'm finally ready to tackle Los Angeles' underutilized & unappreciated Metro & Metrolink system for some day trips between Ventura County and LA proper. What are some can't miss attractions that are A) easily accessable by rail in a city of cars and B) fairly safe for a tiny semi-lost solo female and C) totally awesome? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Feb 2, 2010 - 6 answers

3 different rooms so 3 different rents?

I'm in the hunt for some new roommates in this house, and I'd like suggestions on how best to divvy up rent based on bedroom size and amenities. Also, how should I go about listing the rooms for rent here in central Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 15, 2010 - 11 answers

What do you do when the court has no record of your "crime"?

I received a traffic ticket for driving without headlights on in Los Angeles, but now the court has no record of my citation. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Looking for the ideal hangout in South Bay/Long Beach...

Looking for a good bar/coffee/food place in the South Bay/Long Beach, CA that works for an unknown number of people with a wide variety of tastes... [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Sep 8, 2009 - 1 answer

Southern California recommendations for art/culture/history nerds

Southern California recommendations for art/culture/history nerds in our late thirties/early forties? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Aug 26, 2009 - 20 answers

Seeking recomendation for immigration attorney in Los Angeles for Italian citizenship by descent case

Please recommend an attorney -- preferably one in the Los Angeles area -- for an unusual Italian citizenship by descent case. Looking for one with knowledge of complicated 20th Century treaties regarding the former Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey, Italy, and Greece, and experience dealing with a lack of some typical primary citizenship evidence. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Jun 19, 2009 - 9 answers

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