I'm looking for unique gifts/souvenirs from California for my sisters and girlfriend (all in their 20s) and for my parents. I'm traveling the length of the state so almost any location would work. I would prefer to spend $50 or less on each gift but I have some flexibility. Local/unique items or something specific to California would be perfect! Food can work but must be nonperishable as I have lots of driving to do.
I'll be visiting Monterey, CA for a weekend getaway soon (most likely the end of June), and I'd love some suggestions for what to do. I've been countless times with visiting relatives so have already done all the basic touristy stuff and chain restaurants, but don't know what else the area has to offer. [more inside]
Northern California trip planning help please! I'm attending a wedding in the Sonoma region this summer and would like to plan a week-long Northern California trip ending in Geyserville. I'll be with family and need to stay in hotels or B&Bs, (not camping or not motels.) I'd love help with itinerary ideas, especially national parks/forests that might be fun for trips in the area. If you have stayed in nice hotels or B&Bs in Northern California, please share your suggestions. Kid-friendly ideas also appreciated. I've got a full week- would like to stay in maybe 2 or 3 locations (not necessarily moving every night).
We are going on a trip to the Northern California Coast and Oregon. I want to stop in Walla Walla Washington on the way to Portland because of the onions and wine tasting bars downtown. Is there any other local food worth a detour on a road trip vacation? [more inside]
Traveling in California for five weeks--but without a car. Where should/can I go and what cities/places should I absolutely not miss? I'll be starting in Northern California and working my way down. [more inside]
Non-American who occasionally travels to America wants a Southern California phone number (Los Angeles area) that has data and that my friends can text to. My phone works on all USA carriers. What's the cheapest permanent solution? A web-based (or other non-cell) solution is also welcome as long as people can text to the number. [more inside]
We are selling our condo in California, and we got an offer at our asking price, we emailed our agent and said that we wanted to have another open house to see if we got any other offers. She agreed, and then emailed us a contract accepting the the bid with the message "sign this", which my wife did. As far as we can tell this means we have now sold our place, and cannot accept any other offers. Is that correct? If so, is what she did bad practice or something else, or are we just missing something here? Do we have any recourse? (There was another open house yesterday, and an agent tour tomorrow).
My employment history is a crazy jumbled mess. Help me file for unemployment, Hive Mind! [more inside]
San Francisco Bay Area (and CA) - can you think of any mysterious, or interesting or secret places? Legends/myths? Strange rewards for a bit of driving, or walking, or an ExpeditionTM of Discovery, etc? Difficulty: not looking for woo, or establishments of commerce, no-matter how good hole-in-the-wall-food may be :) Examples inside... [more inside]
Best BOTTLED beers for a beer newbie in California? [more inside]
We're going to be road tripping this summer from San Francisco to Los Angeles (Disneyland, specifically) and need your best tips!
We're going to be road tripping this summer from San Francisco to Los Angeles (Disneyland, specifically) and need your best tips! [more inside]
Do you have experience getting a California teaching credential as a private school teacher? How different is it from the typical university-based credential path? Any pitfalls to watch out for? How easy/hard is it? [more inside]
Going out of town for 4 days. Can any cat owners living in Oakland, CA recommend a good cat-sitting service?
I'm going out of town next month for about 4 days for a work trip. I'm doing some research on pet sitters who can come over to look after my kitty. [more inside]
L.A. Mefites, I have only a couple of hours in your city. What should I do? [more inside]
Oregon to Texas Roadtrip: which is the better route, down through California/AZ/NM or through Utah/NM? [more inside]
Does anyone know a good vascular surgeon/varicose vein specialist in the Bay Area? [more inside]
Asking for a friend. I need a recommendation to a GREAT divorce attorney in Los Angeles, California. And by great I mean: Knowledgeable, Strong Advocate, Fair-minded, and with an excellent "bed-side" manner. The last bit is most important. Please Memail your suggestions, or provide resources in-thread! Snowflakes inside.... [more inside]
If I collected California unemployment benefits while living in New York, do I have to pay taxes to New York? [more inside]
As a Canadian, can I do freelance design work in the U.S. if I move there? [more inside]
Need help understanding the community college funding models. I have recently heard about the 'Contract Education' model at community colleges in CA where you pay the school for an accredited course or program to be taught off site. Does anyone know how this process works and how expensive it is? i have searched online and cant find the info. Thanks!
Travelling through California to Las Vegas, and I want to know how to take the best possible pictures with the camera equipment I have. [more inside]
Adventurous couple looking for (guided) fun w/in 1 hour of Los Angeles on Monday and Tuesday [more inside]
Traveling from Seattle to Southern California with three dogs... looking for places along the road where we can stop and play! [more inside]
Places not to miss roughly between San Francisco and Vegas? [more inside]
I’m leaving Tucson, AZ tonight for a last minute solo road trip to San Francisco. I have 7-8 days to drive, so obviously I’ll be taking the scenic route. Where should I stop? What route should I take? What should I do? What should I eat? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are moving to San Francisco for his work. I'm in the middle of a second bachelor's degree in biochemistry/fulfilling premedical requirements. I'd like to enroll at the City College (community college) for a year and then transfer to a university after I've established residency. This will be fine, right? Have I missed anything that might enable a California university to deny me in-state tuition? [more inside]
Lying under oath: what would a likely penalty be for a plaintiff who commits perjury? [more inside]
I need to find a book/article/website on the history of teaching Adult ESL in California. [more inside]
How do I rationalise opening up an office in a particular neighbourhood of San Francisco? You can bet there's
Are there any maps/resources to illustrate the neighbourhoods that Silicon Valley VC/PEs and tech companies are located in? [more inside]
I'd like to spend this year working my way up to getting a refereed beat down. How do I get started?
Working my way up to getting a refereed beat down. How do I get started? [more inside]
I've booked tickets to San Francisco for a 4-day trip in mid-March. I am looking for advice on: (1) what Northern California area would be best to visit for a good mix of interesting activities and romantic/luxurious atmosphere (wine country? coast? city?); (2) good places to stay in $200-500 per night range; and (3) interesting things to do or places to visit. [more inside]
My husband and I will be leaving our current town in about a year and a half, and we’re starting to think about where we might like to go next. We have several requirements (explained inside), and I’ll probably be posting questions about this more than once! We are thinking about taking a couple of weeks to explore some cities in California this spring or summer, and I’m hoping some of you can suggest some California towns that might be a good fit for us so we can start planning the exploratory trip. [more inside]
Valentine's Day filter: My girlfriend has a relatively specific request for Valentine's Day: "an outdoor restaurant at a vineyard... that has an attached hotel." A somewhat cheaper version of this would be the idea. Ideally, it'd be $300/night or less and somewhere within ~2 hours drive of Palo Alto, California. Any ideas?
Where would a couple of quasi-broke thirtysomething bohemians have dinner in Temecula, CA on a Sunday night? [more inside]
It looks like we should file taxes on/for our in-home nanny, but we're not sure where to start learning about all we need to know. We're in California, and our nanny started in January, 2012. More details inside. [more inside]
Refreshing an old question: dentists in Los Angeles (specifically West L.A./Santa Monica). [more inside]
Name That Infestation-Filter! What's growing on my in-laws' wall? [more inside]
How legitimate is this lease? (California) [more inside]
Is it possible to buy or build a house on Catalina island outside of Avalon? [more inside]
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.
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]
Does a permanent resident (green card holder) living in California have the legal right to own a gun? [more inside]
I'm looking for a mediation/yoga retreat in the Pacific Northwest or Northern California. [more inside]
Where can I get my cowboy on in Southern California? [more inside]
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]