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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Please help me figure out how to contest a moving violation in California (Alameda county) [more inside]
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]
Historical Photo / Daguerreotype Gurus, how might I download or purchase this particular panorama of San Francisco in 1851 in extreme hi-resolution? [more inside]
Are there comparable grad programs to NYU's Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) on the west coast? [more inside]
Need advice for trip to Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CA. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Corp-to-Corp computer consulting in CA- what's the deal? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm going to Los Angeles for 5 days. What should I do there? [more inside]
Which grad schools in the Bay Area are open to interdisciplinary approaches, especially with regards to creativity & sexuality? [more inside]
Transitioning from car-free East Coast existence to Southern California sprawl. What's the most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
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]
I just moved to California. Tell me every automobile-related thing I should know. [more inside]
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?
gf is currently experiencing what appears to be an audit from the California EDD. What to expect? How screwed are we? [more inside]
Kingdom of Fungi. Do people who live in the Pacific Northwest have more yeast infections, mold in their houses, and mushrooms in their woods?
What is the best route to drive from Berkeley, CA to Leo Carrillo State Beach, just above Malibu? [more inside]
Looking for songs about or featuring California falling into the ocean. [more inside]
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]
Movin'-to-California-Filter. Taking a car edition... [more inside]
Selling my car (in California); am I getting screwed? [more inside]
How can two people legally swap car ownership with minimum fees in California? [more inside]
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]
[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]
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]
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]
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!
Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
Bug identification filter: what is this insect found inside my parents' home in Northern California? [more inside]
I'm trying to move to a different state. How do I get an apartment without a local job or local cosigner? [more inside]
I'd been wanting to form a corporaton for a long time. So many benefits it seems:
track business expenses for income-tax deductions
protect assets against law-suits
gain credibility for certain transactions
But all the gory details are getting me down... [more inside]
Tell me all you know about living in Carlsbad, CA. [more inside]
How to sell my car? I just moved from VA to CA and want to sell my car that still has a loan on it (though it should sell for substantially more than I owe)... how does that work? [more inside]
Looking for unique/unusual/off the beaten path things in the Orange County, CA area. Ideas? [more inside]
Looking for fun things to do/stop overs between San Francisco and Humboldt County CA. Party includes a 6 yo. (mid next week if that matters). [more inside]
My birthday is on the 18th and I plan on taking Monday off to make it a long weekend. But that happens to be the weekend of Carmageddon. Which, if you don’t live near Los Angeles, is when all hell will break loose because 10 miles of freeway will be closed for a Saturday and a Sunday. Truly the end of the world. [more inside]