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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

Is there hope for my brother?

Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2011 - 12 answers

What is this black winged insect?

Bug identification filter: what is this insect found inside my parents' home in Northern California? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Jul 21, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I get an apartment without a local job or local cosigner?

I'm trying to move to a different state. How do I get an apartment without a local job or local cosigner? [more inside]
posted by stuffedcrust on Jul 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Is it worth forming an LLC and in which state?

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
  • privacy
  • But all the gory details are getting me down... [more inside]
    posted by markhu on Jul 18, 2011 - 20 answers

    What do you know about living in Carlsbad?

    Tell me all you know about living in Carlsbad, CA. [more inside]
    posted by Opal on Jul 17, 2011 - 16 answers

    Help me sell my car!

    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]
    posted by alaijmw on Jul 7, 2011 - 9 answers

    Looking for unique activities in Southern California

    Looking for unique/unusual/off the beaten path things in the Orange County, CA area. Ideas? [more inside]
    posted by bodgy on Jul 6, 2011 - 9 answers

    From the Hills to the Trees

    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]
    posted by edgeways on Jul 6, 2011 - 7 answers

    What to do for my birthday, during Carmageddon?

    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]
    posted by sweetmarie on Jul 5, 2011 - 9 answers

    Professional, non-quacky pediatric nutritionists on the Central Coast?

    A friend of mine is looking for someone (ideally a professional someone) to help deal with her 6-year-old son's eating issues. What sorts of professionals are best suited to addressing this sort of thing? Is she likely to find what she is looking for locally (she lives in central California)? [more inside]
    posted by aecorwin on Jun 30, 2011 - 7 answers

    If you're in the Eastern Sierras, you have GOT to see...

    Things to do in the Eastern Sierras and Mono / Inyo counties, California! Your favorites? [more inside]
    posted by jnnla on Jun 30, 2011 - 13 answers

    Help me make the most of my Northern California trip.

    What to do on my Northern California road trip? [more inside]
    posted by breakin' the law on Jun 29, 2011 - 18 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

    Looking for good books about the political/cultural milieu of California

    I want to find books to read about the following issues: 1. Voter initiatives origins and modern day status (i.e. is it all like California?) 2. The conditions/plight of immigrants: Mexican, Korean, Hmong, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, etc. 3. The increasing segregation of whites and non-whites in CA 4. Open to suggestions [more inside]
    posted by maykasahara on Jun 18, 2011 - 5 answers

    Road Trippin' questions. Driving from Denver, CO to Blue River, OR, down through California and back to CO. Here's the link to my tentative map.

    Road Trippin' questions. Driving from Denver, CO to Blue River, OR, down through California and back to CO. Here's the link to my tentative map. [more inside]
    posted by no bueno on Jun 18, 2011 - 17 answers

    Yes I'm fat, but you're corrupt.

    Is it legal for a doctor in California to be hawking weight loss and dietary supplements out of her office? [more inside]
    posted by thehandsomecamel on Jun 16, 2011 - 9 answers

    San Francisco here I come!

    Traveling by myself. How do I get from Santa Clara to San Francisco and back? [more inside]
    posted by SoulOnIce on Jun 16, 2011 - 18 answers

    My Beautiful Folded Laundry

    Wash, iron, and fold shirts in the San Francisco Bay Area? [more inside]
    posted by FLAG (BASTARD WATER.) (Acorus Adulterinus.) on Jun 14, 2011 - 13 answers

    Robert Irwin installation locations

    I'm traveling to southern California soon and am wondering where I can see some work of artist Robert Irwin. [more inside]
    posted by victory_laser on Jun 7, 2011 - 2 answers

    What's the simplest way I can fill this requirement?

    I completed a web project for a California institution and am being paid as an independent contractor. On a form I must fill out is the following question: [more inside]
    posted by jsturgill on Jun 6, 2011 - 8 answers

    Where should I explore on the west coast?

    One month. Three states. Countless options. One girl, one dog. Where to go? [more inside]
    posted by youcancallmeal on Jun 6, 2011 - 10 answers

    How do I do the smog test to register my California car out of state?

    For the California folks: I go to school out of state, and I accidentally let my vehicle registration expire. I'm trying to figure out how I can get it done quickly and remotely. My primary concern is the smog test - I'm due for one this year. Searching the internet has given me mixed responses, with some saying you have to go back to CA to get smog tests, and others saying you can waive it in absentia. I need to drive as soon as possible, so I'd really appreciate a prompt response! Thanks!
    posted by howgenerica on May 30, 2011 - 5 answers

    Best hikes from SF to LA?

    My partner and I are in the early planning stages for a three-week vacation to California this November, and we need help with the hiking parts! [more inside]
    posted by sabotagerabbit on May 30, 2011 - 19 answers

    here I go again on my own

    Good place for a solo Big Sur getaway? [more inside]
    posted by eugenen on May 25, 2011 - 12 answers

    Where in California should we live?

    Help me find the new hometown of my dreams: quiet-but-not-dull coastal northern California community with a slightly hippy-and/or-artsy vibe and awesome schools. Alternatively, convince me that my desires are self-contradictory and the place I'm looking for does not exist. [more inside]
    posted by ook on May 25, 2011 - 25 answers

    Trailer drivin'

    What are your tips for driving with a trailer for (relatively) long distances? Plus other ID-to-CA driving questions inside. [more inside]
    posted by cobain_angel on May 21, 2011 - 9 answers

    California Gurls.

    San Francisco to San Francisco in 7 days. [more inside]
    posted by brynna on May 19, 2011 - 21 answers

    Failed California smog today. Running out of options.

    Went to get my smog test done today. I almost passed it. The problem was that my engine is running a TINY bit too rich. There were more hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide coming out of my car's tailpipe than C.A.R.B. would have liked. The guy that was working at the smog test place was nice enough not to red flag my car for not having my pre-cat. [more inside]
    posted by RaDeuX on May 12, 2011 - 16 answers

    What can I build on a mining claim?

    Looking for information on buying mineral rights claims in California. What can or can't you do with the land? [more inside]
    posted by kdar on May 9, 2011 - 1 answer

    Where to buy a barong tagalog shirt in San Francisco area?

    Where to buy a barong tagalog shirt for an 8-year old's First Communion in SF Bay area? [more inside]
    posted by ao4047 on May 7, 2011 - 4 answers

    Help me plan a 10-day late September northern California getaway for my parents?

    Help me plan a 10-day late September northern California getaway for my parents (who are 60 year olds from the South) ??? [more inside]
    posted by buckaroo_benzai on May 6, 2011 - 9 answers

    Where to stay in San Diego?

    Where should I stay on my trip to San Diego? [more inside]
    posted by londonmark on May 4, 2011 - 13 answers

    What are some helpful tips for planning a beach wedding in La Jolla, CA on a budget?

    My fiance and I have been together for almost four years. She wants to get married in her home town, probably on the beach in La Jolla. I've never been married before, and neither has she, and I guess what I'm wondering is... What are some resources I can use to estimate the cost and planning necessary?
    posted by anonymous on May 2, 2011 - 13 answers

    "When the evenin' train goes by..."

    I'm heading up to Chatsworth, CA tomorrow night to record some train whistles. How far away from the tracks should I be to get that nice, misty, dreamlike faraway sound? And is there a particularly quiet/desolate part of town where I can sit for a few hours and gather said recordings? (Recommendations for other desolate, train-heavy spots within a two-hour drive also welcome.)
    posted by mykescipark on Apr 29, 2011 - 11 answers

    Preparing for my grand exit

    Can anybody recommend a good estate attorney in San Francisco? We want to set up a will, and we undoubtedly need the whole estate-planning package (power of attorney, living trusts, etc). [more inside]
    posted by Quietgal on Apr 28, 2011 - 4 answers

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