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February 25

Dealing with threats on public transit

A few days ago I had one of the worst experiences of my life on public transit, and would like to get some feedback on how I should have handled it, and what other people have done in similar situations. [more inside]
posted by aerotive around Los Angeles, CA at 5:13 PM - 27 answers

February 23

Newport Beach Walkability

I'll be attending a conference in March, and staying at Newport Beach (Specifically the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa). I'll be interested in checking out the beach, getting a few good meals, and getting beers after the conference. Is that sort of thing walkable, or should I consider renting a car? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla around Newport Beach, CA at 9:47 AM - 8 answers has best

February 15

Hotel near Los Angeles: Jacuzzi & Wheelchair Accessible

Can you recommend a wheelchair accessible hotel near Los Angeles with in room jacuzzi? [more inside]
posted by kidbritish around Los Angeles, CA at 10:06 PM - 1 answer

January 30

Best public transit route from Berkeley to Menlo Park, CA

I'm in Berkeley right now (near the Ashby BART station) and am headed down to Menlo Park this afternoon/early evening (today, Friday). It looks like there are two ways I can go: through San Francisco via rail the whole way, or along the East Bay via rail and then via bus across the Dumbarton Bridge. What's the easiest and/or quickest way? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 1:41 PM - 10 answers has best

January 29

Loading Docks in San Francisco

I'd like to make a list of all the outdoor loading docks in San Francisco. Here's an example loading dock on 2nd Street at Mission that shows an integrated ramp leading back to ground level. I'm looking for docks that are around 30 inches tall. Bonus points if you can use Google Street View to show me the location or if you know the height of the dock.
posted by jeffhoward around San Francisco, CA at 8:43 AM - 5 answers

January 28

Big Bear, CA, Fun?

Just came back from a weekend at Big Bear with a bunch of kids and not sure it was fun? [more inside]
posted by silsurf around Big Bear, CA at 12:28 PM - 7 answers

January 25

Advice about Costa Del Sol, Andalusia, and North Africa

We're trying to plan a honeymoon and are broadly looking for something that may take us from Madrid to Casablanca. Any travel advice, pointers, or warnings? [more inside]
posted by Raichle around San Diego, CA at 2:11 PM - 6 answers

January 23

Why don't drivers use their turn signals?

Why don't drivers at least in California don't use their turn signals? [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert around California at 10:05 AM - 62 answers

January 20

A Cluster of Logistical Miniquestions for an Upcoming First Trip to L.A.

My wife and I are heading to L.A. for the first time later this week, and we're stoked to see all the gnarly rad things (people talk like that in L.A., right?). But we have a few nuts and bolts questions. [more inside]
posted by the phlegmatic king around Los Angeles, CA at 7:24 AM - 23 answers has best

January 19

Can I rent a car at SFO and return in the city the next day after 6 PM?

I am traveling to SF in a few weeks, arriving mid-afternoon on Thursday at SFO. I am planning to drive to Davis the same day, spending the Friday at UCD, and drive back to SF around 6 PM, where I'll stay. Ideally, I would not have to drive to SFO and shlep back to downtown, but return the car in the city that same Friday evening, or first take a cab downtown upon arrival to a local rental company that does offer (somewhat) later returns. To my surprise, it appears to be impossible to return a rental car in SF after 6 PM to a company that offers pickup at SFO. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by gijsvs around San Francisco, CA at 1:59 PM - 8 answers

January 10

Anything worth seeing/doing near the Staples Center before a Laker game?

Tomorrow night I will enjoy my first home Lakers game against my beloved Trailblazers. Is there anything in particular I should know in advance to prepare me for this? Is there anything in particular I should see or visit nearby in LA Live or the vicinity? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 around Los Angeles, CA at 12:43 PM - 18 answers has best

January 5

Former Residents of Snowland seek Snow in California

My husband and I would like to do a 4 or 5 day trip up to the (Northern California) mountains in the next couple months for some relaxing and playing in snow which neither of us have seen a few years. Access to skiing not needed or desired. We're looking for recommendations of towns or even of specific AirBNB/VRBO listings that we can use to have some Winter this year. [more inside]
posted by brainmouse around San Francisco, CA at 10:57 AM - 13 answers

December 23, 2014

ISO Inexpensive Parking at SF's Fisherman's Wharf

I'm looking for inexpensive over-night parking in or near Fisherman's Wharf for Christmas night. We'll be taking 2 cars, but our hotel only allows parking for one. [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze around San Francisco, CA at 8:13 AM - 4 answers has best

December 18, 2014

Flying into LAX on Dec 25th, with kid, long layover: argh. Advice?

My family including young kids (aged five and up) is flying into LAX on Dec 25th, arriving at around 6:30 AM after a fifteen-hour flight from Australia. We have a seven hour layover. What should I expect from LA traffic on that day? What, if anything, will be open? How easy will it be to call cabs? Any recommendations for kid-friendly things to do, bearing in mind the time constraints, possibly-grumpy kids?
posted by a post by a post posted by at at around Los Angeles, CA at 9:09 PM - 12 answers

December 12, 2014

Is it safe to drive to Daly City tomorrow?

We were planning to go to Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace tomorrow, but...y'know, Stormageddon happened. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon around Daly City, CA at 9:56 AM - 6 answers

November 24, 2014

Hotels in San Diego over Thanksgiving weekend?

Please share your good experiences with hotels in San Diego!! I'm looking for recommendations for family (two adults and a three and half year old) that will likely be visiting this weekend. [more inside]
posted by pseudoname around San Diego, CA at 6:34 PM - 7 answers

November 21, 2014

Chico/Paradise/Lake Oroville: off-the-grid camping spots to recommend?

Hi folks, we have a tradition (this is year six!) that every Thanksgiving we take our boys camping (and cooking) over the holiday break. It's been an awesome tradition, and we've recently relocated to the Bay Area from SoCal and are looking forward to the first year of a new range for our Thankscamping. Your insight about the area would be very helpful! [more inside]
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel around Paradise, CA at 9:10 PM - 3 answers has best

What is Thanksgiving in Los Angeles like?

My wife and I (from Toronto) will be in Los Angeles all next week. Being Canadian, we only realized yesterday that this means we'll be there on Thanksgiving weekend. [more inside]
posted by renderthis around Los Angeles, CA at 5:54 AM - 17 answers has best

November 17, 2014

What should we do in LA on Thanksgiving?

My girlfriend and I are going to LA for Thanksgiving week and since we're not going down to join in any particular gathering, I wanted to query the hivemind for good things to do on Thanksgiving day. Are there any cool restaurants or events we should be booking now? [more inside]
posted by Cogito around Los Angeles, CA at 8:51 PM - 4 answers

November 14, 2014

Tips on planning the perfect disneyland trip on a budget

2 adults, 3 girl kids (2,4,6) want to venture to Disneyland for Christmas, because: 1. Frozen 2. No family nearby to spend the holidays with 3. One kid turns 6 on Christmas eve 4. Frozen Please help me plan the perfect trip on a budget. [more inside]
posted by ramix around Anaheim, CA at 11:47 AM - 20 answers has best