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Old 08-21-2008, 11:45 PM
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Girlfriend recently took a job in Westminster.. I may take one in Westwood/Brentwood... Not sure if its better to get a place in the South Bay and each of us commutes 20 or so miles/or is it better to get a place in Westwood/Brentwood and one person commutes to Westminster(Is traffic a whole lot lighter going south on the 405 in the morning 7am).
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:51 AM
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Traffic is very bad going toward LAX from either direction in the AM. So driving from Westwood/Brentwood to Westminster would be a *nasty* grind of a commute. Of course once past the LAX it would improve a bit. But to be fair to her I would recommend splitting the difference. You will both suffer *some* But not as bad as having one do all the driving - her in this case. That is just too far in LA for a daily commute IMO.

But don't just take my word for it. Try driving from Westwood south on the 405 during rush hour some time. It is not a pretty thing in either direction unfortunately. Coming from th South Bay into Westwood is also a double mess with LAX grid lock, then UCLA/Westside chaos. Sorry, but the traffic is just a part of daily life in LA.

My best advice after living in LA for 40 years is simply this - Forget having jobs so far apart really. Find the *Closest* jobs you can to where you want to live. Kamakazi daily grind commutes just aren't worth it no matter how much they pay you. It is a quality of life issue and LA traffic sucks, always has, always will - bottom line.

South Bay to Westminster shoudn't be too bad however. I used to drive from the South Bay to Long Beach and it was opposite the flow.
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:00 AM
Location: Cincinnati
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Boys and girls, can you say parking lot? I knew you could. One word answer: MOVE.
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