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March 17

Would you pay a small fee for a street cleaning alerting service?

Parking fines in San Francisco during street cleaning hours are steep in San Francisco ($71). Because parking is tight, my vehicle is not always parked on the same block and I usually just try to remember street cleaning schedule for the street I'm parked on. Obviously not very successfully. [more inside]
posted by vintya around San Francisco, CA at 12:05 PM - 35 answers has best

March 14

Super bloom, super traffic

I'd like to try to go see the California desert wildflower "super bloom", but due to my work schedule, I can only go on the weekend. But the traffic is apparently so horrible that there are hours-long delays getting into and out of Borrego Springs! My question is: how can I optimize my schedule/route to avoid the traffic as much as possible? I've never been to Borrego Springs before. I'm coming from San Diego. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough around Borrego Springs, CA at 2:43 PM - 7 answers

March 11

Driving from North Bay Area to San Diego. Important route / trip tips?

I am planning to leave Monday at around 4 a.m. from the Santa Rosa area, driving to San Diego. Car full of kids. Are there any routes I should avoid? Anything else to know about? I've never made this trip before and have only flown to SoCal once. Thanks!
posted by circular around San Diego, CA at 1:36 PM - 10 answers has best

Open meadows in the East Bay?

I'm located near the Berkeley hills (SF Bay Area). There are lots of great forested trails around here, but I have a desire to wander in more of a wide-open meadow setting. Any recommendations nearby?
posted by aws17576 around Hayward, CA at 9:45 AM - 16 answers has best

March 6

What to do and where to stay in San Francisco in early April

My best friend and I will be taking a vacation together to San Francisco in early April. Neither of us have ever been before. We will have pretty much 2 entire days in the city. Where should we stay and what should we do? [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz around San Francisco, CA at 11:21 AM - 21 answers

February 17

Visiting Santa Monica March 1-3

I've always wanted to visit Santa Monica. I imagine good music and kids skateboarding into a palm-tree-specked sunset. I imagine drinking beers and listening to live music on open patios near the ocean. That's how it is right? What should I do to experience Santa Monica for a day without shattering my romantic notions of it?
posted by jander03 around Santa Monica, CA at 4:23 AM - 15 answers

February 10

Activities for Toddler - Palo Alto Edition

Traveling to Palo Alto with 2.5 year olds twins this Spring and will be on my own with them for several days. I will have a car. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by anya32 around Palo Alto, CA at 11:16 AM - 12 answers

Traveling to Palm Springs with a toddler

Spring break is coming up in March and I'm craving a vacation where I can sit by a pool and relax. Sadly, I'm going to be 6 months pregnant at that point and most places I'd like to visit are off-limits due to Zika. A friend of mine suggested that I look at Palm Springs and it looks like it could be an option - but I'm a bit overwhelmed and need recommendations and advice for where to stay and what to do. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi around Palm Springs, CA at 8:48 AM - 9 answers

February 7

LAX to Duarte, CA -- How?

Los Angeles mefites: I am flying into LAX from SEA and need to semi-expeditiously get to Duarte, CA. How would you do so? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton around Los Angeles, CA at 9:14 AM - 22 answers

February 4

Work near the beach in San Diego

Where can I get some work done near the beach in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by raspberrE around San Diego, CA at 12:39 PM - 5 answers has best

January 27

Trying to find a tire traction device for a Crosstrek

I'm planning a journey in California, in an area where chain controls might be in place due to snow. So I need to purchase some kind of traction device, but I have never purchased (or needed) tire chains before, and I'm having trouble understanding what to look for. [more inside]
posted by gin and biscuits around California at 6:56 PM - 12 answers has best

January 26

San Francisco Recommendations: comics, fashion, food, and more

My Girlfriend is visiting San Francisco next week and has some questions that could do with some local knowledge about social enterprises, ethical fashion, comics and eating. [more inside]
posted by MT around San Francisco, CA at 11:43 PM - 13 answers has best

January 21

Is anyone around South Lake Tahoe right now who can tell me the weather?

My family is supposed to drive up to Heavenly from SF tomorrow morning. Anyone in that area right now who can tell me how bad it's going to be? [more inside]
posted by olinerd around South Lake Tahoe, CA at 9:39 AM - 10 answers

January 14

Stranded in a prius and need a jump start

I'm stranded in a drained Prius after a night of car camping stupidity and am not sure what step to take next. [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont around Shasta, CA at 7:58 AM - 15 answers has best

January 5

How to get a middling amount of stuff from LA to Washington

I'd like to get a small amount of stuff from Los Angeles to Washington state this spring and am looking for affordable options. [more inside]
posted by Death and Gravity around Los Angeles, CA at 5:42 PM - 9 answers

December 8, 2016

Travel to Willits, California

I live in Portland, Oregon. I may need to travel to Willits, CA for a funeral in the coming days. Whats the easiest way to do this? If driving isn't an option due to snowy passes at Shasta, what would be the most efficient way to get there? [more inside]
posted by efalk around Willits, CA at 5:19 PM - 25 answers has best

November 26, 2016

Nice places in Palm Springs

Whst are nice places in Palm Springs for a small (6 people) ceremony? [more inside]
posted by k8t around Palm Springs, CA at 8:56 AM - 5 answers

November 25, 2016

Recommend a San Diego brunch/dinner cruise?

I'd like to do a brunch or dinner cruise for two in San Diego, can you recommend a company? Most important would be relaxing and at least somewhat romantic. Cost, alcohol not important. Relatively quiet, decent food, table for two, nice views more important. Loud music, fighting for a nice table/lack of reserved seating/group seating, crowded are minuses that I don't see much about on yelp reviews. Possibly I am mostly thinking of ferry crossings and none of these negatives actually apply. Suggestions for a specific company or recommended cruise? Thanks!!
posted by lemonade around San Diego, CA at 7:36 PM - 2 answers

November 11, 2016

Stunning places in California

Seeking comfort and beauty. Can you recommend beautiful spots to visit in California? I'm looking for excessively, stunningly beautiful places. Bonus points if they are peaceful. [more inside]
posted by sweetjane around California at 10:37 AM - 38 answers

November 7, 2016

Spending time at Disneyland Vs Universal Studios

Our family of four is going to California in less than two weeks. Our mission is basically to see Disneyland and Harry Potter World/Universal Studios. We have 2 little girls, one in Kindergarten and the other a Fifth Grader. We have six days to spend between these parks. We are thinking about 4 days at Disney/California Adventure and 2 days at Universal/Harry Potter world. Does this seem like the right allocation of days in these parks? [more inside]
posted by Artw around Los Angeles, CA at 9:00 PM - 11 answers