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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

Mold? Mildew? Fungus? Pod Person?

Name That Infestation-Filter! What's growing on my in-laws' wall? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me get out of this terrible living situation

How legitimate is this lease? (California) [more inside]
posted by garuda on Jan 20, 2012 - 15 answers

i left my heart on catalina

Is it possible to buy or build a house on Catalina island outside of Avalon? [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jan 18, 2012 - 4 answers

How to sell a car in Colorado with an expired California registration?

I recently moved from California to Colorado, then acquired a new car. Meanwhile, my California registration on the old car expired. I want to sell the old car in Colorado, but it has no current registration and was never registered in this state. How can I take people on test drives? Just risk it? Is signing over the California title sufficient, then it's their job to get the car registered? Headache city, any advice is much appreciated.
posted by rzperllian on Jan 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Where (nearish San Francisco) can I sit under a beautiful star-filled sky in a hot tub, or similar atmosphere?

Live in San Francisco and have 12 days to spend at the end of this month (January). I want to sit in a hot tub and stare up at a beautiful sky. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by davezor on Jan 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Gun ownership rules for a permanent resident in California

Does a permanent resident (green card holder) living in California have the legal right to own a gun? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Jan 7, 2012 - 6 answers

New Year Renewal

I'm looking for a mediation/yoga retreat in the Pacific Northwest or Northern California. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Dec 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Where can I get my cowboy on in OC?

Where can I get my cowboy on in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by eddydamascene on Dec 29, 2011 - 2 answers

On the road. Scenic places to go along Cali coastline on a roadtrip?

I'm in the middle of a road trip and going to be in California (for the first time ever!) this week. Looking for some recommendations for places to hit along the coast, specifically beaches along the southern end, and scenic places to stop and eat/drink further north. [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Dec 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Cost of fumigation?

What's a reasonable estimate for tenting and fumigating to remove dry-wood termites from a single story, two-bedroom house in the Bay Area in Northern California? [more inside]
posted by fartknocker on Nov 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Instead of arresting you, how about some pepper spray?

I'm having an online discussion (which I am trying to keep civil) with a group of people who claim that the police in California have the right to pepper spray anyone who does not obey a police order. How in the world can this be true? I'm not a lawyer - but my gut tells me that there has to be case law to the contrary. Help me out!
posted by dirtmonster on Nov 20, 2011 - 18 answers

Guilty even after proven innocent.

How can I prepare for an upcoming hearing for which we don't have a lawyer and where I'm desperately hoping for dropped charges or an acquittal. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Nov 16, 2011 - 11 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

Eligible for Unemployment?

I am teaching at a college in SF. I have SIX weeks off without pay between semesters. I am eligible to collect unemployment during this time? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Nov 11, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I locate the apartment that is safest in a big earthquake?

Moving to the (north) Bay Area of California: How do I best ensure that I (and my assets) survive The Big One unharmed? Eg. What should I look for in an apartment (and why), in terms of geology, design, construction, location, building codes, corner-cutting, etc. to best handle a massive earthquake? Expert or engineer advice would be great. (I'm more interested in how to find an earthquake-proof building and area, than in how to earthquake-proof my stuff once it's inside a building.) [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Nov 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Advice for a recent college graduate dealing with depression

I'm a recent college graduate and long time depression sufferer. Now I've suddenly been cast out into the "real world" with no directed day-to-day course of action and I'm feeling lost and needing help. Currently near by the San Francisco Bay Area, I'm needing to settle down soon to make some money and also receive the mental health care that I believe I need. The problem is that I'm totally broke. Any practical advice on breaking a stubborn depression when you're not made of money would be sincerely appreciated. [more inside]
posted by robobrent on Nov 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Califlutie Dreamin

Can anyone find or transcribe the alto flute solo from The Mamas & The Papas California Dreamin? My google-fu, torrent-fu, and commerce-fu have failed me :( This would help achieve a life-long dream of mine.
posted by Mach3avelli on Nov 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Should I fight this ticket?

Please help me figure out how to contest a moving violation in California (Alameda county) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2011 - 21 answers

Can I smoke on the stairs across from my apartment?

There are some nice stairs with some sculptures on them across from my apartment (leading up to a parking garage), open to the public. People and security guards sit there and lounge and smoke cigarettes frequently (I can see from my apartment) However when I sit there or smoke cigarettes there, a security guard always tells me it is closed (no matter what time, most recently 4:30PM on a Saturday, sometimes after work like 6:30 on a Tuesday) and I cannot sit there. But isn't it public space? [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Oct 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Hi Res History, San Fran in 1851...

Historical Photo / Daguerreotype Gurus, how might I download or purchase this particular panorama of San Francisco in 1851 in extreme hi-resolution? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Oct 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Grad school programs like NYU/Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program

Are there comparable grad programs to NYU's Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) on the west coast? [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Oct 20, 2011 - 5 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

What should I see on my roadtrip?

What should I stop and see while traveling between Ashland and Las Vegas via I-5, Hwy 89, Hwy 44, Susanville, CA and Reno, NV? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Oct 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Dealing with same-sex couples' taxes in community-property states: Could it be any more Byzantine?

You are not my tax advisor, but... We're a same-sex married couple in California, trying to make heads or tails out of the (confusing) IRS tax-filing pickle that is in effect for the 2010 tax year. We have to combine our community income, split it in two, add any individual income to the respective partner's form, and then create two separate forms for the IRS for each of us, but check the "single" category for filing status. Here's the dilemma: He gets a W2 (salaried employee). I freelance (several 1099s and a Schedule C). Do I have to duplicate the entire Schedule C across both forms, and put half of each deduction on my form and half on his? :-0 Or do I do the full deductions on my form and fill in something on the adjustment line (line 21, I think it is) on his 1040 form as a way of evening out the reporting? [more inside]
posted by kentk on Oct 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Does CA EDD care about my no-income 'job' at my S-Corp?

Terminated from a job in California, applying for unemployment. And I am an officer at a shambling, revenue-free California S-Corp. I have never taken a salary or distributions from it. The company has no employees or contractors. Do I still list the S-Corp on the unemployment application for Q. 33 Unemployment History? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 - 2 answers

No. Not Half Dome.

Yosemite trip with my parents: what not-ridiculously-hard hikes are best for my parents, who are in their late 50s? We're going this weekend (early October.) [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Internet communities for the California Gold Rush?

I have an interest in reading about / discussing the California Gold Rush. Are there any good communities devoted to discussing/researching this on the web? Mailing lists, websites, it doesn't matter.
posted by entropicamericana on Sep 30, 2011 - 9 answers

Corp-to-Corp computer consulting in CA- what's the deal?

Corp-to-Corp computer consulting in CA- what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 29, 2011 - 3 answers

Moving from SF to Silicon Valley - need advice on cars and housing

So I've lived in beautiful San Francisco, California since 2005, but I've recently started a job down in Sunnyvale. I can take Caltrain down there, but it's an hour's trip plus half an hour on either end to get from home/work to the Caltrain station in question. This is not sustainable, so I'd like to move south. I'm 31, single, and a city boy from way back, so moving to The Suburbs gives me pause. Also, I sold the only car I've ever owned back in '05 shortly after I moved here. So I have two questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 - 10 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

Masters in Creative Sexytimes

Which grad schools in the Bay Area are open to interdisciplinary approaches, especially with regards to creativity & sexuality? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 31, 2011 - 8 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

How safe is the Cleveland Heights neighborhood in Oakland, CA? Advice needed!

I'm considering an apartment in the Cleveland Heights area of Oakland, CA, specifically near Hanover Ave, not far from Lake Merritt. I'm new to the area and I'm wondering what the general safety of the neighborhood is? [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Aug 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Car stuff -- moving to Cali

I just moved to California. Tell me every automobile-related thing I should know. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Aug 20, 2011 - 24 answers

Driving in California with an Out-of-state drivers license a criminal offense?

I was recently pulled over for having expired tags. The police officer gave me a fix it ticket for the tags, but he also gave me a ticket to schedule a court date for a misdemeanor charge of driving in California with an out-of-state drivers license. I looked up the legalities, and the California DMV does state that you need to get a new drivers license after 10 days of being in the state of California. I have been driving with my Idaho license here for over a year. I have scheduled the court date and now I am worried. Is there anything I can do to get out of this? What would be my best course of action?
posted by digdan on Aug 19, 2011 - 8 answers

unemployment question

gf is currently experiencing what appears to be an audit from the California EDD. What to expect? How screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Aug 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Kingdom of Fungi

Kingdom of Fungi. Do people who live in the Pacific Northwest have more yeast infections, mold in their houses, and mushrooms in their woods?
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on Aug 13, 2011 - 16 answers

How to get from Berkeley to Malibu?

What is the best route to drive from Berkeley, CA to Leo Carrillo State Beach, just above Malibu? [more inside]
posted by simbiotic on Aug 9, 2011 - 9 answers

Songs about California falling into the ocean.

Looking for songs about or featuring California falling into the ocean. [more inside]
posted by eyeballkid on Aug 6, 2011 - 27 answers

I need a hotel or resort in Oregon or northern California with an ocean view

So we're driving down the Oregon/California coast in September and we're looking for a hotel room with an unobstructed ocean view. Yes, this is a followup to last week's question. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Aug 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Make my car Cali legal

Movin'-to-California-Filter. Taking a car edition... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Aug 3, 2011 - 30 answers

Go Go Gadget Car

Selling my car (in California); am I getting screwed? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Aug 2, 2011 - 4 answers

How to swap cars with someone?

How can two people legally swap car ownership with minimum fees in California? [more inside]
posted by harwons on Aug 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Finding Web Nerds in Northern California and Oregon?

I'd like to explore the local web/tech nerd and geek scene in small cities and towns between San Francisco and Portland. How and where do I find the right folks? [more inside]
posted by polexa on Aug 1, 2011 - 9 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

What is the best and most useful dental insurance for an individual living in California who is anticipating getting all his upper teeth pulled and falsies put in?

What is the best and most useful dental insurance for an individual living in California who is anticipating getting all his upper teeth pulled and falsies put in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 - 3 answers

Help us fill in the blanks on our road trip from Seattle to San Francisco

West Coast Road Trip! Mr. desjardins and I are flying into Seattle in early September, renting a car and driving to San Francisco. What do we do in between? We want places to stay and things to do. Amazing scenery is a priority. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 25, 2011 - 26 answers

Driving in heavy CA traffic

I am a 52 y/o woman with a perfect driving record but for the last 20 years I have only driven in Idaho--Boise is the biggest traffic I have seen in the last 20 years. We may be moving to the Fresno area and I will want to drive the freeways to LA and SF and be confident about it. I need advice because I have really developed some anxiety when I think about it. Last weekend my husband and I rented a car and drove from the Fresno airport to a smaller city nearby and I was even nervous as a passenger when he had to use the GPS to find our ways on the freeways. We had to keep up our speed even when we did not know when/where to turn off. The Hertz GPS magellan was not that good but it still looked nerve-wracking to me! What advice can you give me? I would love to be able to take off from Fresno and drive to LA for the day sometime. How will I get confident about this type of driving? It seems the traffic goes much faster than I am used to and people are changing lanes faster and with less notice too. I would be smart enough to know not to head to LA during the rush hours but even in lower traffic I am experiencing anxiety even thinking about it! Thanks for your help!
posted by seekingsimplicity on Jul 23, 2011 - 21 answers

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