I was refused alcohol on my 21st birthday at my local liquor store. How is this legal? [more inside]
I'd like to go camping for 2-3 days after New Year's on the Northern California coast (just south and/or north of the Bay Area) and would love your recommendations for sites. [more inside]
Help me plan a 3-day trip to Joshua Tree (CA). Or alternatively, suggest another really cool natural area to check out in Southern California in late January. I am in my cousin's wedding in the L.A. area and am coming with my girlfriend. We decided to take a few extra days--she's never been to California and I've only ever kept my visits to family time, usually in the OC area. We're renting a car, so we'll have transportation. Is late January a good time to go? Do you have any recommendations for gear rental (doubt I'll be able to climb, unfortunately)? I have gear at home in Michigan, but I'd like to travel light. If you have alternative suggestions--they can be around L.A.--I'd love to hear them. Thanks.
Am I entitled to a half-day's pay in California when my employer cancels my shift due to weather? [more inside]
SiliconValleyThriftStoreFilter: Looking for a replacement TV remote control. Would like to paw through bins of very cheap, old remotes. Where can I do this? [more inside]
Any ideas for gifts from California (or US in general perhaps)? The gift will be for an American (not Californian) living long-term in Europe. Has family with babies. [more inside]
Where can I find quality, affordable mental health care in San Diego? [more inside]
Where to stop, hike, and camp on the way from LA to Big Sur? [more inside]
Charged with a felony in California, arrested, spent two weeks in jail, but charges were dropped and the case dismissed. Will this show up on a criminal record search? [more inside]
Please look inside for a few questions about an inguinal hernia, particularly pertaining to surgery recovery, and being on disability. [more inside]
Was there a single event that happened on or shortly before September 7th, 2010, that caused Brown's poll numbers to start to rise and Whitman's numbers correspondingly fall in the current gubernatorial race for US state of California? [more inside]
Looking for some suggestions for camp sites in the vicinity of Southern California for a camping trip this weekend. Amenities-wise the basics would work fine - water, a fire pit, and level ground to pitch our tent. Anything above and beyond that is icing. The campsite must allow dogs (we plan on bringing our pug, Hoggle). We really enjoy trail hiking and solitude and we most likely won't be doing any kind of water-related activities, although picturesque lakes and streams are a plus. Past places we've enjoyed camping at: -Coral Pink Sand Dunes - outside of Kanab, UT -Tanner's Flat Campground - UT -Fernwood Lodge - Big Sur, CA -Joshua Tree State Park -Malibu Creek State Park This is going to be a weekend trip so the driving distance has to be manageable. So, please, no recommendations for Redwoods National Park or Zion or something like that.
How can I seek treatment for possible depression while I'm unemployed? [more inside]
Are employers in California required to offer registered same-sex domestic partner health benefits if they offer benefits to married partners? [more inside]
Get Me Out Of My Travel Rut: My tour takes me to the beatific city of San Fransisco soon and while I visit about once a year, I usually end up going to same places/doing the same things. What's terribly new in SF? What are the fresh must-see shows, restaurants, nightspots, stores, or Things To Do. Ideally I'm looking for things/places that have opened within the year. Will have a car and able to make day trips out into the environs. [more inside]
Find me a romantical restaurant in Monterey plz [more inside]
Help me plan this last minute trip! West coast and the south west... [more inside]
A good friend is moving to Santa Clara, CA in a couple months. Help me get him something that doesn't rhyme with "rift bard." [more inside]
What is the most relevatory, shocking, mindblowing modern art gallery or installation or museum in Los Angeles? [more inside]
What are the basic requirements for an out of state CPA to be licensed in California? [more inside]
I am volunteering for Jerry Brown's campaign for Governor in California - mostly phone calls and door knocking. Here's the problem: I'm campaigning against Meg Whitman in my mind . . . but I need to know how to campaign for Jerry Brown as well. [more inside]
Where, within a two-hour drive of Torrance, California, can I camp for one or two nights? [more inside]
Need help finding relevant California Tenant law information. [more inside]
California filter: Do I need a license if someone just wants to gift me a gun? [more inside]
I'm stuck in Adair, Iowa (pop 800) with a probably unfixable car which was towing a trailer hauling all my possessions. OMG help. [more inside]
A question about our security deposit in the state of California. [more inside]
San Francisco for 3 months to be creative and check out awesomeness. Low budget, Bangladesh passport. Possible? [more inside]
Please help me find information on Svenningsen, a Southern Californian painter who favored trains, active in the 70s. [more inside]
Does anyone have experiences with the California Low Cost Auto Insurance (CLCA) program, and/or any advice for applying? (Anonymous because the program is only for individuals dancing with the poverty line, and I'd rather not make my financial circumstances known) [more inside]
Commuting to San Diego from Orange Country: Any insights? [more inside]
Feed me, Seymour! I'm a hard-core foodie who's going to be spending a long weekend in Palm Springs, California, and I don't want to waste a single eating opportunity. Additionally, I need a place to eat after my plane lands at 10:30 p.m. on a Friday. [more inside]
Where can I buy a high quality California state flag? [more inside]
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!
I'm heading up to the northern California coast over Labor Day - will I need to book accommodation ahead of time? (Also, what shouldn't I miss along the way?) [more inside]
I need to learn web design - more likely coding - where in the Berkeley Bay Area can I do this cheaply? Are community colleges my best bet?
What kind of protection is there for employees when money goes missing? [more inside]
I just moved to northern California 6 months ago and I’m *still* finding it somewhat difficult to make friends with people who want to do outdoor activities together (hiking, camping, rafting, road trips). What can I do to improve this? [more inside]
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]
So I am soon going to be driving from Tucson, Arizona to Los Angeles, California. The drive is long, and will most likely be boring, So I have come here to metafilter to ask if there are any natural features, roadside attractions, interesting things I can stop and see along my route.
Got any tips for family fun for 24 hours in Sacramento, CA in July? [more inside]
I'm looking for help negotiating my second year lease renewal monthly rate. How should I hold myself during the negotiation? What should or shouldn't I say? Should I actually go through the trouble of negotiating a lease with an apartment complex across the street, or is it sufficient to quote their price from the advertisement? Also, for a current rent of $1999 and a quote for next year at $2299 what chance is there that I can negotiate $0 increase, $100 increase, $150 increase, etc. [more inside]
Car camping on the California coast with sciatica? Help us find things to do that won't exacerbate the pain. [more inside]
A friend of mine, who cultivates an image as a mensch, is really a charlatan. He will do anything to be in favor, even if it means betraying his true nature: a gay man who is afraid of ridicule and exile. He moved to a very gay friendly city and his family followed him, to his misfortune. He is relying on me, his best open-minded friend, to set things right. I need some help. [more inside]
Any recommendations for good moving companies for a move from L.A. to the S.F. Bay Area? [more inside]
San Francisco: help a young, single guy relocate to the Bay Area who wants San Francisco lifestyle, but works in Pleasant Hill... [more inside]
Applying for Obama Health Plan Emergency High Risk Pool for State of California. [more inside]
I am in California and the startup I founded is bust. I want to know how to make the best case for my eligibility for unemployment benefits. Complicating factor: I took no salary from my startup, only stock. My last regular job prior to this startup fiasco was in Fall 2007. [more inside]
I'll be traveling around the states with my family in August and I'm looking for a good hotel in California, somewhere around LA and San Francisco. It has to be close to, or more preferably own a good beach. I was looking at some resorts in Santa Barbara, but maybe there are some other nice places to stay in.
How do I get from LAX to Santa Barbara on Sunday? [more inside]
Heading to Milpitas Monday with my husband. Next Friday afternoon, we're planning to drive up to South Lake Tahoe, where we have a hotel, and then explore the Yosemite area Saturday and Sunday before driving back Sunday evening. Doable? Suggestions, recommendations? And what clothes should I bring--I want to pack one bag and get the most wear out of it for the entire week.