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!
Best place to buy women's suits in Los Angeles or San Francisco? [more inside]
Is romance alive and well in Los Angeles? Help me romance a queer girl in LA. [more inside]
Name that bird of prey! (Photo #1, Photo #2). Seen today in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, near the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains (Hollywood Hills).
What places in Los Angeles County fit the following criteria: 1) striking indoor design or architecture, 2) open to the public, and 3) it wouldn't be unusual or prohibited for someone to go sit there and write for a few hours? [more inside]
How can I best help a friend who appears to be suffering considerably from bipolar disorder? [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]
I'm looking for industrial, outdoor, military, technical, and specialty fabrics in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
I hate my big corporate bank that rhymes with "face". They keep screwing up, it's impossible to talk to someone on the phone who can fix their mistakes, and they have an aggressive campaign to screw over their customers with overdraft coverage. I'd like recommendations for a better bank or credit union in the Los Angeles area, for basic checking/savings accounts (and possibly an auto loan). Even better if it will work with Mint.com.
Quickie Tourist Query: I have a 2 hour layover at Los Angeles/LAX this Sunday, 7/11. Is there anything I must not miss while there? Never been there before, and likely will never be again... [more inside]
Which is the best beach in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Los Angelino MeFites: Are there supposed to be fireworks at the Echo Park lake tonight? Any suggestions on where to catch fireworks on the Eastside tonight? [more inside]
Any recommendations for good moving companies for a move from L.A. to the S.F. Bay Area? [more inside]
I need help finding gift ideas for my parents' 36th anniversary. I want something cooler than the usual restaurant gift certificate. Maybe some type of event or show. The problem? They live across the country, and have very, very busy schedules. [more inside]
I moved into a house with a large, dead backyard garden. The garden's soil is hard as rock, and there are no weeds. Bad, right? I'd like to plant herbs and vegetables, but I don't know how to start. [more inside]
Nifty keen anniversary ideas while visiting L.A.? Bonus points for cheap, tasty, and/or geeky, especially if it's on the east side, in the San Gabriel Valley area. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for a psychiatrist in Los Angeles, preferably on the westside. Someone who can treat depression and anxiety. The catch is, we don't have health insurance so an MD who works on a sliding scale would be best. (Do such people even exist?) [more inside]
Wintering in LA / Austin / other? I want to be a 27 year old snowbird! [more inside]
Where should I go in LA if I like art, bookstores, and nightlife? [more inside]
L.A. Mefites: What time do you need to get to Dockweiler Beach to guarantee having a fire pit? [more inside]
Help me enjoy 5 weeks of California endulgence after living in the Middle East! [more inside]
Los Angeles East Side? Girlfriend got a job at USC's medical campus, which is here, east of the 5 and north of 101. Where should we live? Neigborhoods, etc.? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend non-profit or even just non-shady house cleaning in Los Angeles? [more inside]
SoCal Cycling: What's the best way to continue through Palos Verdes from Torrance Beach? [more inside]
Where to find electroluminescent wire in Los Angeles? Burners, hope me! [more inside]
Moving from the Los Angeles area to Tucson, Arizona. Will I die of boredom? I'm a nerd who doesn't get out much any way, though. [more inside]
I just joined Kaiser in Los Angeles. My primary facility will probably be the complex at Sunset and Vermont. I need a primary care physician, and I need a shrink. [more inside]
I've heard that a person can acquire a property for which the property taxes are in default by paying the back taxes. This seems fishy, and morally questionable, but is it true? In Los Angeles? Are there other tricky ways to acquire property?
Help me find a restaurant in Los Angeles for an upcoming birthday dinner! [more inside]
I'm planning a roadtrip for my 30th birthday. Origin: Los Angeles. Destination: Seattle or Cabo? [more inside]
Recommendations for learning Japanese in Los Angeles that go beyond the basics? [more inside]
Can you help sell me on Los Angeles? [more inside]
I want to go out dancing/clubbing in Los Angeles, but none of my friends are interested. Where can a 24 year old girl go dancing at night, and walk back alone to her car without much worry? Also, other than randomly walking up to people and awkwardly trying to nudge my way into their circle, how on earth do I expand my horizons and meet/make friends with similarly minded people?
Looking for a cello teacher in Los Angeles for a beginner. Or is there a string instrument instructor you know who might recommend a cello instructor or a cello player who might want to earn a few bucks, or bargain his or her time? [more inside]
How and where does a chick in her late twenties meet guys in Los Angeles? I'm single for the first time in eons, and I'm just starting to come out of my shy shell, too. I'm looking forward to the casual dating scene, except I'm clueless as to where to go (and what to do)! I *don't* want to try anything internet-related (not even meetups) this time. The internet's always been a crutch for me, and I want to overcome that. I will sometimes be with other friends, but sometimes I'm going to be on my own. Which I'm excited about! ...but a total n00b. Help me figure out where to go and how to attract some attention without desperately clinging to a friend's arm. [more inside]
Web design firm recommendations in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
I live in northern Virginia, however all of my family lives in the Los Angeles area. At work, I have to keep my web browsing to a bare minimum and restricted to my lunch break. As such, I'm worried about the Big One hitting the LA area, and not knowing about it ASAP, especially if LA's phone lines and cell towers get knocked out. Is there any way I could arrange for a text message to be sent to my cellphone, for every earthquake that hits the LA Basin? I realize this may turn out to be excessive, but am willing to experiment.
As an enormous fan of American craft beer visiting New York, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where should I go to partake of the finest brews? Do any local breweries offer tours of their facilities or tastings? Are there any beer happenings going on in the period between the 10th and 20th of April this year? [more inside]
I'm thinking of going to LA for the first week in May. I've never been there before, don't have a full driver's license, and am low on funds. A director has expressed mild interest in my writing (read one of my screenplays, doesn't want to buy it, wants to discuss my writing in general)--he's in Venice Beach. Where should I stay? Also, what kind of license would I need to rent a Vespa type scooter? [more inside]
Where are the art and craft galleries in the Los Angeles area? I'm looking for galleries that sell art, jewelry, pottery and so on that's not mass-produced, but not crazy expensive fine art either. I'd love to find something like Portland's Real Mother Goose. Nice stuff, not too experimental or edgy and perfect for buying gifts for my parents.
Need to find and buy iron polysaccharide vitamin supplement in Los Angeles. Help? [more inside]
Where do LA-based sculptors go to buy/sell used equipment? [more inside]
Where can I hold auditions on the L.A. Eastside? [more inside]
I'll be alright visiting Watts Tower in the middle of the day, right? [more inside]
Los Angeles filter: I saw these placards on utility poles, opposite sides of town (first is in Highland Park, n. of downtown. Second is in Lomita, near the beach.) I'm sure there are more of them - but what in heck are they? Highland Park / Lomita
How do we put my wife on our home title if she's not on the loan? [more inside]
I want to stay at a hotel in my own town. Where in Los Angeles is the best place to do this? As befits an impulse, I want to find someplace near me (within a half-hour's driving time of downtown) which has an opening today, at a reasonable price, which I figure is about 200 bucks a night. [more inside]
What's the name of those tiny salty-sweet dried fish sometimes served as banchan in Korean restaurants? Where can I buy some for home consumption in Los Angeles? Are they healthy/unhealthy?
Thanks to riding Chicago's L system so often I can sense my stop in my (literal) sleep, I think I'm finally ready to tackle Los Angeles' underutilized & unappreciated Metro & Metrolink system for some day trips between Ventura County and LA proper. What are some can't miss attractions that are A) easily accessable by rail in a city of cars and B) fairly safe for a tiny semi-lost solo female and C) totally awesome? [more inside]
How can I eat healthy on the go in Los Angeles? [more inside]