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Old 04-06-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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When taking a left turn with lots of oncoming traffic, I do that whole positioning yourself in the middle of the intersection thing. Waiting for the light to turn yellow so I can squeeze by.

But I always wondered if that was completely legal? Trying not to lose my license so I'm actually interested in the rules of the road now...
yes, it is. once you are in the intersection, you are obligated to complete your turn, so you don't block cross-traffic. contrary to what some people believe, the amber light does not mean "slow down." it is there to alert you that the light will soon turn red. whether you stop or proceed is a matter of safety, and stopping is not always the safer option.
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:18 PM
 
Location: FULCI LIVES!!!(but not in Indiana)
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Any more advice you forumers have??
what have you learned since your move here?
what would you advise to newcomers?

*this really proves that people in the Los Angeles forum don't really know much about the city

*please respond if you actually live in Los Angeles City.
I have learned that life in the big city is great, but it takes alot of adjusting and requires sacrifice. You must be willing to give up the comfort and convenience of midwest life or else your gonna get here and be mad...really mad.

My advice is to listen to others closely. Others who live in the city your moving to and listen to everyones opinions. You may not want to hear what they have to say, but trust me, just listen more.
A couple months ago I was on top of the world thinking I was this and that, in that little time I have grown more than I ever have. When your in the midwest it's very easy to get a big head because you want to be heard and you want to see your dreams come true. You dont want to be like "them." So you move 2200 miles away to give it a shot. Then you realize how small you are, how your one of millions of others with that same goal. It's rough, but have NO REGRETS. I will try and keep trying and thats what YOU gotta do, keep going and remember it's a HUGE change when you move far far far far far far far from home. That's my advice.
PS- Just the palm trees alone make it all worth my while
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Old 04-07-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles-213.323.310.818/San Diego-619.858.760
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Don't be afraid to explore the city at night. It's a completely different enviornment in my opinion. Plus, the traffic is clear so it won't be a hassle unless you are driving towards downtown. By doing this, you'll get to see another side of Los Angeles and many more sides, which aren't noticeable during the day.
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:37 PM
 
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My wife and I moved to LA in October 2007, I moved to help open regional office for my organization. We rent in Pasadena which is a really nice city. Couple of caveat emptors to anyone considering moving to LA. We knew it was expensive but the extent of the high costs were much worse than expected. We owned a house in Washington DC, what we could get comparable here is really depressing, even with prices dropping. There are many many really bad neighborhoods in LA, and a good number of really great expensive ones, but not a lot of affordable good neighborhoods. Most of the suburbs are awful. Everything costs more, gas is the most expensive in the country, our car insurance tripled, sales tax is high, food is expensive. And everything is crowded, the roads, the restaurants, the stores and pollution is often visible. That being said, it is a really fun city with loads to do and see and weather and beach are really nice. My bottom line: If you're young and carefree, come here and rent and have a blast, enjoy the beach and the lifestyle and then move on. If you're rich, move here and enjoy all the city has to offer. If you're middle class (less than 200k per year) run like hell. Any pay raise will be wiped out by cost of living. Just my thoughts and remember I've only been here 6 months, so my opinion of the place could get better....or worse. We're planning 2008-2009 departure if we can find work elsewhere in this economy.
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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My wife and I moved to LA in October 2007, I moved to help open regional office for my organization. We rent in Pasadena which is a really nice city. Couple of caveat emptors to anyone considering moving to LA. We knew it was expensive but the extent of the high costs were much worse than expected. We owned a house in Washington DC, what we could get comparable here is really depressing, even with prices dropping. There are many many really bad neighborhoods in LA, and a good number of really great expensive ones, but not a lot of affordable good neighborhoods. Most of the suburbs are awful. Everything costs more, gas is the most expensive in the country, our car insurance tripled, sales tax is high, food is expensive. And everything is crowded, the roads, the restaurants, the stores and pollution is often visible...
In the age of the internet, City-Data, realtors, etc, how could any of this not been anticipated? You had access to real estate, crime, traffic, and gas price data.
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:51 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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200K, 150K is middle class? wow! i thought more like 70K in LA was. i know many people that do it with that. even on way less.
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles-213.323.310.818/San Diego-619.858.760
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^^A single man or woman, making 70k in Los Angeles is not bad at all. Once you have a family or dependants...you will have to double or even triple that amount.

-Another piece of advice.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I make $60K a year, and although I'm doing okay, I'm certainly not well off. Actually, I'm only okay if I stay in my rent-controlled two-bedroom apartment. If I move, I'll have to compromise on living space or being in a semi decent area.

I've lived here for eleven years, in this same apartment. This is what rent control does to a person.

I wish that people who drive slow on the freeways would either get over in the right two lanes, or exit the freeway altogether. I can't tell you how many times the freeway bottlenecks simply because stupid drivers can't seem to figure out that they shouldn't go 50 mph in the fast lane!
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Home of King Willie the not so great
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Do you mean rent controlled as in you can't make over a certain amount? We have some apts like that here. Please explain. Your 60k would go very far here in Memphis and you spoke of speed on the freeway. Whats the typical freeway speed limit? Here its normally 65 no higher than 70 which is rare. Went to Miami last yr and dang near got ran off the road...my driving adjusted then got back here driving like a bat out of hell. Guess i could adjust in LA as well.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:15 AM
 
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Rent control in LA means that the landlord cannot raise your rent over a certain amount each year. He/she must wait until a tenant moves from the apartment to be able to readjust the rent to current market levels.
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