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How can I minimize the cost of a public transit only trip to LA?

I'm planning a solo trip to Los Angeles for a week this coming February and will only using public transit... [more inside]
posted by danlewis84 on Dec 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Los Angeles Very Small Business Taxes

I have a very, very small business (a blog; it gets decent traffic and I made some money advertising). I have some questions, and I'd like to speak to a tax professional or attorney for probably less than 30 minutes. I'm in Los Angeles, CA. Can you recommend someone and give me a ballpark cost? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Dec 18, 2013 - 3 answers

I mug L.A.

Where can I get an iconic Los Angeles-centric coffee mug? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Dec 17, 2013 - 19 answers

The job market in LA

I'm making plans to move to Los Angeles and I very likely will have someone else accompanying me who is also feeling the desire to move to Los Angeles with me as well (he went with me on a week long vacation - please note the previous AskMeFi for better reference [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Making friends in Los Angeles

Making friends in Los Angeles [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Dec 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Sourcing Spanish language materials in California

I am traveling to California for the holidays, and I am slowly learning Spanish. I'd like to use this trip to motivate my learning. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Dec 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Moving to LA

I've just recently come back from a week-long vacation to Los Angeles where I got to stay with my aunt and we had a great time seeing things and visiting places. The weather was amazing and I realistically thought it was the best vacation I have ever been on. She really wants me to move there. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 4, 2013 - 27 answers

Where to find exotic chocolate in San Diego/Los Angeles

This winter I'll be going to a holiday party to which I'll need to bring the most exotic chocolate I can find. Apparently some guests to this party start their search for exotic goods six months in advance because of reasons, but as I am new to this universe I'd like to at least attempt to bring something of note now that I've been allowed to join the inner circle as it were. Where in San Diego, Orange County, or Los Angeles could I get delicious but intriguing chocolate? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Dec 4, 2013 - 12 answers

An incredibly convoluted - possibly dumb - travel dilemma

I am headed to Los Angeles for work. My wife is in the NYC-area (where we live). We can meet somewhere for our anniversary: Where should it be? [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel on Nov 25, 2013 - 26 answers

best places to live working in west covina (los angeles?)

I'll be working in West Covina, CA in the Los Angeles area for two months early next year. (I currently live in DC). I'm trying to figure out where to live. [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Nov 18, 2013 - 22 answers

Where should we stay in LA?

What part of LA should we stay in for a long weekend trip of exploring and eating, preferably without a car? [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Nov 14, 2013 - 36 answers

Looking for a support group in Los Angeles

Looking for a support group in Los Angeles for girls/women with depression [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking For Good Evening Spots In Los Angeles for Photo Shoot

I will be doing a photo shoot for my men's surfwear line Friday night. Nightlife theme of "Surfing the Lights of the City" I am looking for some good spots for the shoot with great well lit. backdrops. Either of the city or streetlife. Public spots or rooftops would be great. Some suggestions given by friends include the Arclight Theatre, old apartment rooftops in Franklin Village near Hollywood and roof tops downtown. Any suggestions???
posted by goalyeehah on Nov 6, 2013 - 7 answers

"Can't miss" food and relaxation options in Los Angeles

I recently moved to the Los Angeles metropolitan area. I am looking for recommendations of your favorite low-key restaurants and food options as well as great "relaxation" spots. [more inside]
posted by jayder on Nov 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Los Angeles, Hollywood Forever, Dia de los Muertos: walkup tickets?

Any know based on previous years whether the Dia de los Muertos event at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles is likely to have available walk-up ticket sales during the evening? Or, do they typically sell out? (All their official communications channels appear to be swamped, and I don't know anyone who's been there late in the day.)
posted by eotvos on Nov 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Reverse-geotagging: Where is this furniture store in LA?

A friend recently posted pictures from a fairly-fashionable (potentially used?) furniture store "somewhere in LA," but won't spill the beans about where it is! I'd like to find it and pick up some of this goodness. Hoping that one of you might know where it is. Thank you!! Pictures: 1 2 3 4 [more inside]
posted by raihan_ on Oct 31, 2013 - 7 answers

Best options for airbender temporary tattoos/clothing in LA?

I'm trying to create an pretty good airbender/air nomad costume for halloween. In particular I'm looking for advice on people I might turn to in Los Angeles to temporarily give me the iconic arrow tattoos. Do I want body paint? Henna tattoos? Something else? What do I need to be aware of if I've never done anything like this before? Also interested in any tips for putting together the red/yellow outfit -- either pieces I could buy off the shelf (over the internet or locally) that are close, or people I could go to.
posted by weston on Oct 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Where to find pineapple tamales in Los Angeles?

Where can I buy sweet pineapple tamales in Los Angeles WITHOUT raisins or nuts or anything else mixed in? Ideally, I wouldn't need to buy at least a dozen or order them ahead of time. Thanks!
posted by fozzie_bear on Sep 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to see the stars (the space ones) +/- 2 hours from LA?

Good news: After a long period of being broke as a joke, I fell into a little bit of cash. I'd like to take the lady friend on a trip. She recently mentioned that she'd never seen a real night sky. I'd like to change that. Where, say, plus/minus 2 hours from Los Angeles can two young folk go see a sky full of starts? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Sep 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Not permitted in LA County: How do I make it right?

We've done some remodeling without permits in Los Angeles County over the past two years. What should I know and how should I prepare before attempting to get after-the-fact permits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2013 - 11 answers

What is a certified kitchen?

I live in California and cannot, for the life of me, find any documentation, web site, or book that defines this. I know that foods for public consumption (for the most part) have to be produced in a certified kitchen. Are there certain fixtures or appliances REQUIRED in a certified kitchen? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Aug 26, 2013 - 13 answers

LAFilter: On the hunt/looking for a comeup/where is fucking awesome?

A friend and I are planning to go thrift-shopping in LA in a fewweeks. Neither of us have been thrift-shopping out there, though we're both pretty hardcore about thrift-shopping in general. So, tell me your secrets, LA MeFites, for finding the good stuff. Here's what we're interested in... [more inside]
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Aug 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Where to watch Breaking Bad tonight in Los Angeles?

Are there any bars / cafes / parking lots in the Los Angeles area showing Breaking Bad tonight? The usual googling hit a dead end.
posted by the jam on Aug 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Dream opportunity for a machine design engineer?

Help a business-illiterate engineer formulate an approach for evaluating an exciting business/career opportunity. [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry on Aug 14, 2013 - 5 answers

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

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