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Looking for a production/entertainment accountant in L.A.

I'm making a feature film and I need an accountant to maybe handle payroll, but mainly to advise on tax matters for my LLC and me personally. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 7, 2013 - 9 answers

 

Dealing with future earthquakes in California

What do Californians think and feel about the possibility of future big earthquakes in that region, especially the so-called "Big One"? I'm looking for articles which really get into how those who dwell there handle that knowledge, respond to it, and so on. Articles about building standards or government response are fine, but I would like to know about individuals, groups, businesses and the like. [more inside]
posted by Thing on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

The mustard is off the hot dog: What's in store for L.A. basketball?

Until last season I was a more-than-casual basketball fan in general and Lakers fan in particular, but for various reasons last season completely fell off my radar. Help catch me up. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Israeli/Jewish tattoo artists in LA?

Getting some ink done in Los Angeles that has Hebrew lettering in it and I would like it if the artist were Israeli or at least familiar with Hebrew letters. Anyone know any artists?
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? on Jul 19, 2013 - 15 answers

What are the best taco trucks in Los Angeles?

What are the best taco trucks in Los Angeles? Not Twitter trucks or Kogi trucks or grilled cheese vans or mobile record stores or cheesecake-foie gras-waffle-popsicle high concept rickshaws. Those are all cool, but looking at trucks that sell straight up Mexican food like tacos and cemitas and tortas and seafood, what are your favorites? And what days/hours are they there? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Jul 8, 2013 - 10 answers

What constitutes "good set etiquette" in the porn industry?

I've been invited by a pornographer friend to watch the production of a porn movie on-set; the director told my friend they'd be happy to have me, provided we "have good set etiquette" and are generally not creepy or horrible. Which I can totally do! :) But I'm worried about the "good set etiquette" part. I assume most of it is commonsense, like "don't get in the way of people who are there to do their jobs," but is there anything special I should know about good set etiquette in the porn industry specifically? Anything that might not be immediately obvious? The last thing I'd want to do is make either my friend or the director regret the invitation.
posted by Televangelist on Jul 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Fun activities for a 12-year-old girl in Los Angeles?

My little sister -- an athletic, smart, totally awesome 12-year-old -- will be staying with me in the greater LA area in a couple weeks. I've been living here for a few years, but most of my spare time is spent on things like galleries/museums, strange, arty movie theaters, or experimental music shows (either watching or playing). This is the life for me, but I don't expect it to be enjoyable for my kid sister. So what are some fun things for a smart, conscientious pre-teen (tween? I don't know the terminology anymore) girl that likes to be outdoors or reading? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach on Jun 20, 2013 - 24 answers

The Californians

Angelenos, help me out: a family needs to get from the Valley to Long Beach Airport and back. This is like an extremely difficult word problem from a graduate-level course in Advanced Los Angeles Traffic. Help! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Funky, unusual, cheap accommodation in LA

We're going to do a couple days in Los Angeles for a mini honeymoon next Thur/Fri nights. Want to see the Getty Museum, Olvera Street and maybe some Hollywood. Looking for someplace cool and unusual to stay - we like retro, art deco, mid century, kitschy, cheesy stuff. Clean, basic, bedbug free, a fridge in the room would be nice. Suggestions? Thank you!
posted by Josephine Macaulay on Jun 7, 2013 - 14 answers

Where can I buy Cafe Du Monde coffee in Los Angeles?

Please advise. The closer to Hollywood the better. Thanks!
posted by MiaWallace on May 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Need an Employment Lawyer in LA

A friend needs an HR/Employment specialty lawyer in LA, preferably in the SGV, but no further west than downtown. Difficulty: Friend works at a law firm. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on May 9, 2013 - 1 answer

Is this plant the Brazilian Pepper tree, or something else entirely?

My friend in LA is wondering if she can eat this plant. [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on May 6, 2013 - 6 answers

snapbacks & tattoos

I want to buy a cap for summer. Five panel, fitted, snapback, whatever. Something like this, this, this, or this. I'm in Los Angeles this week and Portland next week. What streetwear shops should I visit? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Visitors to L.A: Was traffic better or worse than you expected?

I reply to a fair number of L.A. travel questions here and many of the answers (including mine) often contain dire warnings about traffic. This happens even if traffic isn't directly related to the question being asked. So, visitors to our fair city, how bad was the traffic really, and what information/advice can I give to newbie LA tourists who drive? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 29, 2013 - 60 answers

Recommend a Floor Refinisher in Los Angeles?

Can you recommend a floor refinisher in Los Angeles? It's for an elderly couple in a 1940s home very close to the intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax. [more inside]
posted by palliser on Apr 13, 2013 - 2 answers

I want to know the history of the city without a history

Please recommend some books about the history of Southern California. I'm specifically interested in the evolution of car culture and the L.A. area as a cultural incubator. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Apr 9, 2013 - 36 answers

Items to bring in a carry-on bag for a trip to Los Angeles

I'm visiting L.A. for a week this month. What should I bring in my carry-on bag? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Apr 7, 2013 - 33 answers

things to do in LA this weekend

So I find myself alone in Los Angeles this weekend, and didn't have time for much planning prior to the trip. Anyr of things to do & see this Easter weekend? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on Mar 30, 2013 - 32 answers

How can I make camping awesome?

We used to camp fairly often before kids, but our past couple of camping trips have been terrible. How can we love camping again? Give me your best camping tips. (Bonus if you have suggestions for spots within 4-6 hours of LA.) [more inside]
posted by biscuits on Mar 20, 2013 - 32 answers

Cost-effective strategies for moving from Hawaii to LA

I'm trying to plan our move from Oahu back to Los Angeles. We have too much for airline baggage, but too little for a shipping container. We're selling all the furniture and big items, and planning to buy used replacements when we arrive. We're paring down our belongings as much as we can bear, but it's still not going to fit in airline baggage. I'm talking medium-value, medium-sized things like baking pans, shoes, small kitchen appliances, and books. What's the cheapest way to ship all this little stuff? [more inside]
posted by lostburner on Mar 19, 2013 - 10 answers

what are these unbuilt areas around LAX?

I was flying into LAX and I noticed there are a few areas around LAX which seem to have been planned to be city blocks, but then were not built on (or the buildings were torn down). Does anyone here know the story? Here are some locations in Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/di2GP http://goo.gl/maps/6zMfc
posted by yticmic on Mar 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Specific Housing Search in LA

Moving in a few months within LA and need a place where music practice is tolerated - tips? neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by Red Desk on Mar 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Where to find a cinematographer for an indie feature film?

We're shooting a low-budget feature and are having trouble finding a cinematographer/DP. Where else can we look (details inside)? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Why is my Verizon DSL so slow?

My Verizon DSL is peaking at about 1 mbit/s. Our plan should be providing 1.1-15. Why is my internet so much slower than expected? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 answers

What's a nice thank-you trinket for a former Angeleno?

My friend, a former Los Angeles resident, was kind enough to have me stay at her place in New York City for several days recently, while I was visiting. As a token of my gratitude, I want to send along some kind of LA-specific trinket - you know, something you'd put on your desk at work or your bureau or fridge or whatever, that says, "Hey: Los Angeles" to someone who knows the place. Ten bucks or less is the range. What would you get, if you were in my position?
posted by kensington314 on Feb 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Where should I live if I work in Woodland Hills?

I just got a job offer in Woodland Hills. I live too far away so I need to move. I would like to live in a leafy, beautiful, walkable neighborhood with lots of young professionals (I'm in my 20s), although I suspect that is a pipe dream. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Feb 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Southern California Vacation w/Kids Ideas

Looking for a good spot in Southern California for an August vacation with kids. Specific criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Mid on Feb 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to eat in LA, super specific edition

Where should I eat this pizza? [more inside]
posted by bswinburn on Feb 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Los Angeles Loves Love

Half a day to be tourists in LA. What can I do with my parents and SO? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Feb 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Vintage fixed-gear bicycle store in Los Angeles

I once wandered into a store selling vintage steel road frames converted into fixed-gear bikes. I think I was in the Silverlake area, but it could have been Los Feliz or Echo Park (I had been exploring LA all that day with a free TAP Card and wasn't 100% oriented). Does anyone know what store this might have been, or where I could find a similar store in the LA area? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Jan 31, 2013 - 6 answers

Career Coaching recommendations please! (especially in LA)

I'm looking for a professional careers coach in LA to give me advice about changing careers (especially ones who are good at talking with MBA grads who don't necessarily want a typical MBA-type job). The variety of coaches available out there is a bit confusing and some of them are expensive - can anyone personally recommend one? And what criteria should I be judging them on anyway? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Jan 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Pasadena, CA area, is my gardener too expensive? $200/mo

We pay $200 a month for weekly service that includes all trimming, upkeep, lawn service for 3 lawns, significant pruning and leaf cleanup from 12 trees (citrus, pine, chinese elms, japanese maple, coastal oak, liquid ambars). Is this too much? What do you pay and what do you get for it? [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Jan 28, 2013 - 15 answers

Help identifying two Southern CA trees?

These two trees are in my friend's new Los Angeles backyard. Any idea what they are? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

What to see on Route 66, traveling to Los Angeles?

Hivemind, what sights are they are to see and/or photograph along the way? What should we not miss? What is a must see? What is out there that's unique? Ghost towns? World's largest ant? [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Jan 22, 2013 - 16 answers

I know that California is broke, but this is getting ridiculous.

I have an extra $15.00 tacked onto my library fee. This is apparently a collections agency processing fee. Is there any way to not have to pay this exorbitant processing fee? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jan 21, 2013 - 23 answers

Low cost medical diagnostics? MRI/CT/Xray/DNA Sequencing?

I want to better understand my body. So, I want data - baseline data. Going to sign up for 23andMe, and I'd also like to get some imaging done. In particular, I'd like an MRI of my body (head and torso) and any other medical diagnostics I can buy. I'm interested in your suggestions for cheap medical imaging, and also for your suggestions on other ways to collect hard data about my body and its condition. [more inside]
posted by fake on Jan 19, 2013 - 36 answers

Looking for a therapist in Los Angeles.

Can anyone suggest a therapist specializing in anxiety disorders in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2013 - 2 answers

¿dónde están los tacos de pescado en la playa?

Mexican restaurant on a beach in southern Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jan 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Overnight dog friendly hiking trip?

Where can myself, a friend, and our dogs go for a sweet overnight trip near LA next week? We'd like to do some hiking and some casual beer drinking, and we'd like to be able to get a cheap hotel room and not drive more than 3 hours or so. Also, although we're both in good shape, his dog is 12 years old and mine is a wimpy shih tzu so the hike should be fairly easy and would ideally have some access to water. I think it's too cold to camp, but if there's somewhere warmish we're open to that. Lay it on me, mefi!
posted by justjess on Dec 21, 2012 - 7 answers

I want to get on my own two feet. I need a plan of attack.

The Short: I'm a single young adult with a college degree and student loan debt. I live in a sterile small city with limited job prospects. I want to move out and get an entry-level or temporary job in a coastal U.S. city (NYC, LA, SF, Seattle). Please walk me through the logistics and help me devise a plan, as well as offer any advice you have on making it on your own in a new city (essentially, how to be an independent, self-sufficient adult). [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Dec 13, 2012 - 19 answers

It looks great but could you make it a little bigger?

I bought a print of a painting I love in the only format available: A full bleed art show poster on glossy 11"x17" bond. The painting reproduction is approximately the top half of the poster, say 10"x8". I can clearly see the grain of the canvas in the print, and it is entirely possible that the original painting is not much larger than the reprint. So my question is, is it feasible to have this print blown up to twice or thrice it's size without sacrificing quality? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Dec 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Tips for a Winter Trip to LA

We're spending the 20th-27th in LA, where I haven't been for almost a decade. Please give us your recommendations for wondrous and strange and delicious things to do, see, and eat! [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Dec 6, 2012 - 12 answers

rainy LA

I'm visiting LA for the first time. It's raining today and for the rest of the week. I have no car. What should I do and where should I go? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Nov 29, 2012 - 16 answers

crazy birthday adventure in los angeles

My fun-loving, adventure-seeking sister is turning 35 this weekend! It so happens she'll be visiting me in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving at the time. Help me think of something memorable and uniquely weird to do over the weekend to make it a great birthday! [more inside]
posted by captainawesome on Nov 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Because finding a job is a job.

How can I hit the ground running looking for a job? [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Nov 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Which downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers can you easily go up in?

Which high-rises in downtown Los Angeles can you easily get to the top of (or pretty high up in)? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Things to do in LA Tuesday evening

I am flying into LAX for work Tuesday and have the afternoon free. 3:15 arrival. Is there something really cool I could do that is 1) open, and 2) accessible considering traffic? (I have a car.). Maybe a museum or a scenic spot, ineresting historic site, or a trendy market area? I am not interested in bars or expensive restaurants. Bonus points if near Oxnard.
posted by tracer on Nov 11, 2012 - 13 answers

What was behind that door?!

LA / Simi Valley friends, please help! I'd like to surprise a friend of mine with info / pictures of a couple things from his childhood that came up in a recent conversation--one concerns the Los Angeles Children's Museum, the other concerns Rancho Park in Simi Valley. More detail inside. [more inside]
posted by ElCuadrangular on Nov 6, 2012 - 1 answer

I need a short term solution to homelessness of a four person family (2 adults, 2 children) in the Los Angeles area?

My family (self, fiance, and two children, ages 4 and 7) is currently homeless in Los Angeles. We are at a complete loss here... can anyone provide any insight, advice, anything at all to help us figure out what on earth to do? [more inside]
posted by chasethecarrot on Nov 5, 2012 - 69 answers

Killing time at LAX

I am going to be at LAX for 7-8 hours on Wednesday, November 14, from about 2-10pm, before I fly overnight from California to Virginia. I have never been to Los Angeles. Is there anything you would recommend me doing during that time? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Nov 4, 2012 - 13 answers

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