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Old 06-29-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I'm excited, but nervous as you can guess. How bike friendly is SM? How big is the Mexican immigrant population? How is the public transportation system? What social things are there to do? What's a good way to meet people when I move there?

Any other tips and things I should know about SM are welcome

I'm a 19 y/o guy, btw.
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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not many mexican immigrants within the santa monica city limits, but plenty in nearby neighborhoods of LA. it's also very bike friendly within the city limits, but not so great once you get into the city of LA. the big blue bus is also a very good system for getting around the westside if you don't have a car.
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:56 PM
 
Location: California
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Do you have a job there? That's one good way to meet people no matter where you live! Or school, if that's what you are going to do. Have fun
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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School (and hopefully a job soon enough), but that won't be until the end of August. I'd rather not be completely alone for more than a month :P
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:43 PM
 
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I worked in Santa Monica for three years. I really enjoyed it. You'll have to visit the 3rd St. Promenade area and Main Street.
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Also, what's the best movie theatre in the area?
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:10 AM
 
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Why do yo care about the size of the Mexican population? On a side note... If you are interested there is an old mexican californio cemetery above montana ave, in Santa Monica. A true gem of a city btw. Consider yourself lucky. Very lucky...great libraries, liberal , affluent, clean , lots of shopping, movies entertainment , culture and and tons of sunshine all year long.
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I'm from Mexico City, and my current city doesn't have many Mexicans my age. I'm just hoping I'll get to see more there
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:45 AM
 
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I'm from Mexico City, and my current city doesn't have many Mexicans my age. I'm just hoping I'll get to see more there
The Mexicans may not look Mexican to you, or perhaps I should say that they look a lot like the Mexicans of significant Spanish blood who live in Mexico City, only here we have Mexicans who are half German, Irish, and just about whatever. My word, I have come across a number of blonde, blue eyed, or freckled red hair folks who are half-Mexican, and they don't like the s**t that some people talk about Mexicans, but they hear it because nobody thinks they are Mexican. There is a population of Mexicans who do have more Indian blood and the brown skin, but they are in established neigborhoods like East LA, or cities like Montebello, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, even as far as Whittier, but these places are all EAST of downtown, and you are on the WEST side. However, you will find some Mexicans there, BUT . . .

The huge, poor, immigrant population here that many don't like or for whom there is a backlash are the Central Americans, and that is the dominant group in LA and all along to the WEST in Santa Monica. We're talking HUGE numbers of Salvadorans and Nicaraguans, followed by Guatemalans, Hondurans, I mean all of Central America. As you well know, many of them claim to be Mexicans, especially they claim to be from Jalisco, which is total BS. Of course, you won't be fooled, and I have found a number of "white" folk who can tell the difference, as well .

Anyway, I know how Mexicans feel about Central Americans: the same way Chinese feel about the Vietnamese, et al. and the same way the Swedish feel about the Finns. So, be prepared for Central America Central, but no matter who the other person is, always give them a chance no matter where they come from, and, maybe, someday we can put all this Swedes vs. Finns like stuff behind us.
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Old 06-30-2010, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I have NO problem with Central Americans, and I don't know any Mexicans who do. I don't know where you got that idea, but whatever. I've met a few central americans here, and they're super nice and hard working.

I'm one of those Mexicans that don't "look" Mexican. People are saying all kinds of crap about us without realizing I'm Mexican.

So there are "white" Mexicans in/around Santa Monica? Because to be honest, that's what I'm looking for. Not in a racist way, but because I've always been the only "white" Mexican in my current city. If what you're saying is true, I have a feeling I'm going to be happy in Santa Monica!
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