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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area / Griffith Park / Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains / Runyon Canyon, in the hills above Hollywood / Temescal Canyon in Pacific Palisades
Museums & Historical Sites
1. Richard J. Riordan Central Library. **** / 4-star. 630 W. 5th St. A great collection of resources here to learn about the city. Good for tourists.
2. Angels Flight. 351 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Downtown. Bunker Hill. Antique hill transport device. As with most of the historic sites downtown, you want to be in the southeast quadrant of the cross formed by the meeting of Hwy 101 and Hwy 110. (Some of the sites, though, are located just into the northeast quadrant - e.g., that is where one finds the Plaza, just north of Arcadia St. Also, much of the downtown is to the west, including many museums.)
3. Bradbury Building. 304 Broadway. Historic downtown building. Information provided to tourists.
4. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. 111 N. Hope St. Bunker Hill. Downtown. May be open to tourists. ? …Los Angeles was built through seizure of northern water. This department manages the aqueduct, etc. It is key to the city's history.
5. Los Angeles City Hall. 200 N Spring St. 'Icon.' Historic building.
6. La Brea Tar Pits and Hancock Park. **** / 4-star. 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Next to a county museum of art (LACMA). Downtown, close to West Hollywood. The tar pits have been there for centuries, and have preserved prehistoric mammal skeletons. A museum is on site.
7. Olvera Street. **** / 4-star. Part of Los Angeles Plaza Historic District (#19 below). Downtown. 'A Mexican Street of Yesterday in a City of Today.' Vendors. Also contains historic buildings of various cultural origins.
8. Italian Hall / Italian Musuem. **** / 4-star. North Main Street & Cesar Chavez Avenue. Part of Los Angeles Plaza Historic District (#19 below). Italian history is on display in the newly opened Italian museum. This building also contains the famous Siqueiros Mural, which, though from a Mexican artist, has been controversial in depicting a crucified native being attacked by an American eagle.
9. Union Station. 800 N Alameda St. Close to Olvera St. / the Plaza Historic district. Historic architecture, but this is still a major commuter hub.
10. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian. ***** / 5-star. 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Watch classic Hollywood films in the historic Egyptian theatre. L.A. as it was - but why does it have to be again? Well, who knows - buy some popcorn.
11. Music Center / L.A. Philharmonic. ***** / 5-star. A really great symphony orchestra, if I do say myself. And of course - I'm completely without bias.
Lots happening in the Music Center….
12. Mark Taper Forum. ***** / 5-star. Theatre unlimited. Try finding something like this in Fresno! [601 W Temple St., Downtown. (213) 628-2772]
13. South Coast Repertory Theatre. ***** / 5-star. Orange Theatre. Need we say more? [Orange County, (714) 708-5555].
14. California Science Center. **** / 4-star. It's really about science. Special events change all the time. Sort of a mixed bag, space, Archeology, Biology, etc.
15. Autry National Center. ***** / 5-star. 4700 Western Heritage Way. Contains the Autry Store, offers content on regional history. Exhibitions, lectures, seminars, etc. Dedicated to "the American West," or the Southwest. Very large collection of objects. Constantly changing content.
16. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Galleries. Their museum is still in the works, so check back after 2014. 'The Academy Museum will contain over 290,000 square feet of state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces.' Next to the LACMA.
18. Chinese American Museum. **** / 4-star. 425 N Los Angeles St.
19. Los Angeles Plaza Historic District. ***** / 5-star. 125 Paseo De La Plz. Downtown, near 101 & 110. Contains Olvera St., the historic Plaza of the pueblo, numerous other historic buildings and sites. A must see for any first time visitor to Los Angeles, who is interested in getting a rounded picture of the city's history. You want to be in the northeast quadrant of the cross formed by the meeting of Hwy 101 and Hwy 110. The district is northeast of Arcadia St., and southeast of the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts.
There is an Information Desk at the El Pueblo Visitors Center, located in the Sepulveda House. This is on Main St. Main St. is perpendicular to Arcadia St., and just northwest of Olvera St. The address is: 622 N. Main S. This is north of Arcadia St., away from City Hall.
An entrance to the Visitors Center from the Olvera Street side exists - go through a corridor close to Casa Flores Imports, opposite El Paseo Restaurant.
20. Getty Center. ***** / 5-star. 1200 Getty Center Dr. AKA 'The Getty' AKA the Los Angeles Louvre - though coming from private business wealth. Many key pieces of art have been hauled to this site from around the world, and the collections are great. Plus there are lectures, seminars, etc.
The Getty Center is somewhat removed from the rest of Los Angeles. It is accessible off the I-405, between the San Fernando Valley and the L.A. core. So it's just a bit north of Santa Monica.
21. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. **** / 4-star. 250 S Grand Ave.
22. Japanese American National Museum. **** / 4-star.
23. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. **** / 4-star. Weird light sculpture things, probably all junk. But whatever - it's LA! It must mean something. These are artists, by Jove, people of the Muse.
24. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. ***** / 5-star. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. (323) 857-6000. Okay, so perhaps it's gotten beat by the Getty, but this is still a fairly unique collection of art, with many important pieces. Has more early art than the Getty. Food trucks. Close to many other downtown attractions.
You can take San Vincente east almost all the way to the museum, or take Wilshire directly. It's about a mile west of Hyw 101.
25. Los Angeles Maritime Museum. **** / 4-star. Ship models on site.
26. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. **** / 4-star. 4800 Hollywood Blvd. This is more about local artists.
27. Los Angeles Police Museum. **** / 4-star. 6045 York Blvd. The Blue Shield is all that stands between you and the people of Los Angeles. Isn't this place worth a visit?
28. MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House. **** / 4-star. 835 N Kings Rd, West Hollywood. Amusements
1. Catalina Island Ferries. ***** / 5-star. There's several ferries you can take to Catalina Island. Try 800-481-3470.
And what is it that the West Coast is missing, besides more islands? So you will be glad to have one.
Catalina has its own hotels and restaurants for you, or even apartments. It's not that small an island.
There is an historic casino, but it has a museum and no gambling.
Plus - what a great ferry ride.
2. Disneyland. ***** / 5-star. The Magic Kingdom. A place in Anaheim. Space Mountain, the Matterhorn. Mickey Mouse. Does any of this ring a bell?
Anyway, once you get to L.A. there will be no end of brochures for you in the hotels, and Disneyland is definitely covered.
3. Knott's Berry Farm. 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park. Amusement park. Close to Disnyeland.
4. Six Flags Magic Mountain. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia. Amusement park. North of LA on I-5.
5. L.A. Harbor Boat Tours. Boat tours of the Los Angeles harbor leave from Ports O' Call Marketplace. (310) 548-8080?
6. Long Beach Harbor Boat Tours. Leave from Aquarium of the Pacific. (562) 432-4900.
7. Newport Bay Boat Tours. Depart from the Balboa Pavilion. (949) 673-0240.
9. Celebrity Helicopters. ***** / 5-star. 961 W. Alondra Blvd. Compton, CA 90220. (310) 618-1155. Fly in the sky, look at L.A.
10. Guided Segway Tours. **** / 4-star. (310) 358-5900. SEGWOW.COM. They give you a little push machine on wheels, and then it talks about the locales as you walk past.
11. Paramount Ranch Tours. **** / 4-star. 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills. (805) 370-2301. A ranch used for movie filming prior to 1980. Tours of the film history ought to be available.
12. Audiences Unlimited. ***** / 5-star. 801 S Main St, Burbank. (818) 260-0041. Attending filming of live TV shows - what could be more LA than TV? Here you get a once in a lifetime chance to watch Alex Trebek film Jeopardy! Although Alex is retiring in 2015, so I don't know what you will do after that. The number for the suicide prevention line is: (877) 727-4747.
13. Red Line Tours. **** / 4-star. 6708 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028. (323) 402-1074. They offers tours of historic sites downtown, etc.
14. Los Angeles Conservancy Guided Walking Tours. **** / 4-star. (213) 623-2489. It is best to look at their website: www.laconservancy.org/walking-tours
15. Dodger Stadium. ***** / 5-star. 1000 Elysian Park Ave. The Dodgers escaped New York owing to the increasingly decrepid nature of that city, and then went on to be much better than the Yankees. And by a lot.
If there are no baseball games, sometimes they have merchandise events or sales events or concerts, etc.
16. Staples Center / L.A. Kings. **** / 4-star.
17. Santa Anita Park. ***** / 5-star. 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia. Horse racing, a key part of L.A. history.
18. The Silent Movie Theatre. **** / 4-star. 611 N. Fairfax Ave.
19. Griffith Observatory. **** / 4-star. In Griffith Park. There are exhibits on the solar system.
20. Venice Beach. ***** / 5-star. The very best beach in the world, at least if you own a Ferrari.
21. Malibu Lagoon / Surfrider Beach. ***** / 5-star. I like this one more. This one is more L.A.
22. Zuma Beach. ***** / 5-star. Zuma is the classiest beach. It's, more enjoyable. Take Hwy 1 north.
23. Manhattan Beach. ***** / 5-star. It couldn't be Venice Beach, but still - it's really cool. Nice sand.
24. Will Rogers State Beach. ***** / 5-star. Another beach, and in L.A. Or Santa Monica - same difference, man, whatever.
25. Los Angeles Zoo. **** / 4-star. Where you don't belong. 5333 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park.
26. Psychiatry: An Industry of Death. **** / 4-star. 6616 Sunset Blvd L.A.'s long history of cultic activity, honed by L. Ron Hubbard's keen insights into the DEATH of Western Civilization.
It's a Scientology Museum about what a bunch of frauds psychiatrists and psychologists are - to give you an example, the last time I had to get my meds, it was $100, for ten pills. Now if that's not a fraud, what is?
Shopping 1. Westside Pavilion. 10800 W Pico Blvd #312. Los Angeles, CA 90064. **** / 4-star.
2. Westfield Fashion Square , 14006 Riverside Dr. in Sherman Oaks. THE Mall.
3. Things From Another World. 1000 Universal Studios Blvd #179, Universal City. Comics, Science Fiction, Toys, etc.
4. Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset Blvd. ***** / 5-star. Records, CD's, etc. The rock people rave about this place.
5. Book Soup. 8818 Sunset Blvd. I don't know what it is. It's a bookstore.
6. Skylight Books. 1818 N Vermont Ave. I think it's been there awhile. Do I list many more bookstores? No, I didn't think so.
7. WACKO/Soap Plant , 4633 Hollywood Blvd. A good attempt at Rocky Horror marketing.
Many shops, at the junction of Glassell Street & Chapman Avenue in the city of Orange.
Rose Bowl Flea Market the second Sunday of the month at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Little Tokyo (near Bunker Hill)
Avalon / Viper Room / King King / Rage / Greystone Manor / Create Nightclub. 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (323) 463-3331. "New" / Zanzibar. Not New.
1. Das Bunker. 4067 West Pico Boulevard. Fridays from 10pm?
2. Club Red Light. 801 West Temple Street. 2nd Friday of every month 9:30?
I don't know what to tell you. I'd say, if worse comes to worse, just drive around Westwood and Santa Monica until you find a place that looks right. Things change all the time. Ask your friends where to go. Why do you want to go out at night anyway? Don't you know that's dangerous?
L.A. does have many nightclubs and cafes, like in Westwood and downtown. Also if you drive around Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, maybe you will see some nice places on a Saturday night. History
The city of Los Angeles was incorporated in 1850. Its name comes from the 1781 Spanish settlement, "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciuncula." This means, "the town of Our Lady of the Angels of Porciuncula." Thus the name refers to the Maddona, i.e. Mary, mother of Jesus. As far as "Porciuncala" goes - this old name for the Los Angeles River refers to Porziuncola, a church within the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. This is the site where the Franciscan movement began in Italy. Thus, noting also the origin of the name, "San Francisco," we see that in California, it all goes back to the Franciscans, who work in the monastic order founded by Francis of Assisi: by tradition, a preacher to men and animals alike. (The most notable Californian Franciscan is Junipero Serra, founder of California's mission system.)
Despite its Catholic pre-history, the American municipality of Los Angeles went on to become the most Protestant major city in America, and perhaps kept this distinction all the way into the 1980's. The area has since become, once more, a majority Catholic one.
Prior to the Spanish settlement, the area was inhabited by various Native groups. Historians mention names such as "Tongva people" and "Gabrielinos." I suppose also many other native groups may have been in the area, such as Chumash, Aztecs or even visiting Navajo, Apache, Esselen, or Salinan. Also it is speculated that Chinese would sail to California, and that eventually they established a trade in seaweed and shells.
The Spanish period saw much migration south from Natives to the north - and also saw many Native revolts against the "missionaries." Some of the Natives became part of mestizo groups, while others stuck to their roots. Conflict between Spaniard and Native was complex and endemic.
Subsequent to the Spanish period, the Los Angeles area experienced twenty-five years of Mexican rule, starting in 1821. The population at this time is often reported as being 1,000 to 3,000.
In 1846, the Bear Flag was raised against the Mexican foe, and Los Osos attacked the Mexican troops, citing a principle of republican government and mistreatment by the Mexican authorities. The California Republic was born, though it did not receive official recognition until 1850, when California became a U.S. state. However, recognition at least of some of the claims of "the Troops assembled at the Fortress of Sonoma" occurred already in 1846, owing to U.S. declaration of war on Mexico (as tied to the Texan situation). Plans to send in Federal troops to California were executed. The U.S. Navy had had ships deployed in the Pacific, e.g., in Hawaii, and some of these had been brought to California in expectation of coming war. When the war began, most of the ships were the Monterey Bay, and the Navy landed at Monterey, invaded, and captured the town. Having captured Monterey, the process was repeated in San Francisco (then called, "Yerba Buena"). Next, the troops of the Bear Flag joined in with the Federal troops, and the new unit set sail for San Diego.
After capturing the settlement in San Diego - the unit landed, August 13, 1846, in the "Pueblo de Los Angeles." Commodore Robert Stockton was the senior naval officer, with Major John Fremont in charge of the ground forces. The invasion is said to have occurred 'without a shot being fired.'
On Sept. 9th, 1850, California became a U.S. State. At this point, Los Angeles was not the leading city and was not selected to be the capital. For many decades, Los Angeles had to play second fiddle to San Francisco in state affairs, and likewise Sacramento provided much competition. Thus, it was really a case of "third" or perhaps "fourth" fiddle.
Nonetheless, 1850-1900 was a period of tremendous growth for Los Angeles. One might even say - Los Angeles did not come to exist until 1890, so great was the change from previous years. It is above all else a story of white Protestant industrial expansion, fueled, obviously, by railroads back to Chicago and back to the Northeast. There was also a question of railroads to the gold mining areas of the north.
Los Angeles for some time existed as a dream of a tabula rasa, a kind of America's America where, for example, "rational planning" could finally be expressed. All manner of dreams and hopes felt to be stymied by Europe, the East Coast, or Chicago were projected onto Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Spiritual cults blossomed alongside the conservative Protestants and the Catholics. Eventually, too, the "dream factory" of the movie industry settled upon Los Angeles as its American base.
The factors in play by 1900 continued on till WWII. Local oil wells fueled massive industrial growth, while good weather and the abundance of California agriculture ensured a steady supply of cheap labour.
In 1929, John Porter was elected Mayor of Los Angeles, serving for three years. This is a kind of testament to the Protestant character of the area - Porter was a senior leader in the Ku Klux Klan. By no means was Los Angeles Chicago or New York, or even Irish Boston, but was something all its own.
At the same time, the election of such a controversial figure must signal a reaction to external events. Los Angeles, by the end of the 20's, was becoming less Northern European and less Protestant, serving especially as a haven for African-Americans. Moreover, the city would eventually go on to have the largest Jewish population in the U.S. after New York city, and Jews were everywhere to be found in the growing film industry. Nonetheless, the majority continued to be of the Protestant ethnos, and was largely of Northern European origin. Moreover, discrimination in housing was severe well into the mid-20th century, despite other changes in law that favored notion of equality.
Los Angeles swimming pools were desegregated in 1931. Ironically, this event occurred not too long after the expansion of the Los Angeles aqueduct system and the 1926 "water wars."
The ability of Los Angeles to press its political demands for water, despite pain caused to northern farmers, proved to be a turning point for the development of Los Angeles county, both in terms of its growth and, as a function of "growing together" - of its unity. "Los Angeles," as a "city" that is greater than the mere "City of Los Angeles," is thus created in this 1920's diversion of water.
The Great Depression arrives…. It is famous in California for bringing the "Okies" to Los Angeles, swelling the population along with many other new arrivals. California was known as a place to make a new start, perhaps with a new name. (Los Angeles, 1870-1970, was a city of self-invention, both collectively and individually.)
WWII did much to grow Los Angeles, which became the nation's premier hub for the arms industry. Possibly it is then WWII which allowed Los Angeles to overtake San Francisco as the state's economic and cultural centre, until the rise of San Jose and Fresno leave California somewhat center-less. In any case, the post-war boom is enormous, corresponding with the growing prominence of film in global life, and with the Golden Age of Television. …Did The Twilight Zone put Los Angeles on the map? In any case, the Golden Age gave us Dragnet, one of the finest testaments to Los Angeles ever produced - and a fine source for insights into the Los Angeles of this time.
While the white Protestant community was large, the diversity among other groups was quite extensive in California, including Los Angeles. In particular, there were Native and Asian influences not found in such numbers on the East Coast, and also sizeable Russian and Armenian populations, etc. The Mexican population was also notable in size, to American eyes, and many Latin American or Latino populations grew at a steady pace after the war. 1960's changes in housing laws and changes in immigration laws rapidly altered the character of Los Angeles, and, furthermore, some saw in Los Angeles a city free of some of the uglier histories of the East Coast and the South.
Still, Los Angeles remained much as it was for some time, but then one man changed all that - Ronald Reagan. President Reagan's staunch belief in the work ethics of the Latino-American might be cast as a factor here; in any case, his Presidency saw a total demographic transformation of Los Angeles, unprecedented in world history, to give us the city as it currently is, a majority Hispanic community with sizeable Asian populations. These demographic shifts correspond with a move from film and TV production being a Western phenomenon, to being a global one, merging with rock, youth fashion, sports, and, eventually, electronic culture, to create something totally new - with Los Angeles as the capital of it all? Well, in its dreams, at any rate. I suppose the story on all that is still being written….
In any case, the period of 1950-1980 cast Los Angeles as the centre of a new youth-consumerist culture, where youth, or at least removal of excess body fat, is the new gold standard. The sun glasses used to keep out the California sun soon become a global icon, and the type of Parisian decadence found in many cities, is marketed by Hollywood to the public as ordinary culture. Indeed, while one might debate whether the films of the 50's are of a higher quality than those of earlier years, there seems little doubt that the influence of Hollywood soared to magnificent heights in that decade - and showed little signs of stopping prior to the late 70's (when it all dies, right?). The national and international markets for Hollywood products was very large, and Los Angeles's desire to be at the centre of the lime light, apparently without limit.
1950-1980 also marks a period of time where Los Angeles acted as a hub of the counter-culture, in concert with San Francisco, New York, London, and many other European cities. San Francisco perhaps led the way in this case, and Los Angeles was increasingly associated with political conservatism and all kinds of other forms of conservatism as well. Nonetheless, home-grown and imported San Francisco influences both combined to create many's finest memories of the city, all VW buses and surf boards, beads and tie-dies, etc. Cults abounded, as did attempts to market 'the new' to outsiders for a tidy profit.
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I would suggest getting a Los Angeles map. For example, you could get one from Amazon.com. You could also pick one up at a gas station once you arrive.
Sunscreen can be a good idea. You will need extra clothing and general toiletries. You may want to bring a suitcase or duffel bag.
A backpack is useful to carry things from your car or when shopping. Or you could use some cloth bags.
If you don't have a laptop -- bring a Kindle Paperwhite. $139 from Amazon.com.
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey. ***** / 5-star. 4375 Admiralty Way. Marina del Rey, CA 90292. A five diamond hotel in the heart of the city.
2. St. Regis Resort. ***** / 5-star. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629. Five diamond hotel.
3. Ritz Carlton. 1 Ritz Carlton Dr. ***** / 5-star. Dana Point, CA 92629. Five diamond hotel.
4. Montage Laguna Beach. 30801 S Coast Hwy. ***** / 5-star. Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Five diamond hotel.
5. Island Hotel Newport Beach. ***** / 5-star. 690 Newport Center Dr. Newport Beach, CA 92660. Five diamond hotel.
6. The Resort at Pelican Hill. ***** / 5-star. 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd. Newport Coast, CA 92657. Five diamond hotel.
7. Disneyland Hotel. **** / 4-star. Four diamond hotel. This is a clean and famous hotel, with renovated and contemporary rooms. It's got its own ambiance and is basically a good value. Although - it's not the Ritz. (714) 778-6600.
8. W Hollywood. **** / 4-star. Close to Hollywood sign. Four diamond hotel. (323) 798-1300.
9. Hotel Palomar LA Westwood. **** / 4-star. Four diamond hotel. (310) 475-8711.
10. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. **** / 4-star. Four diamond hotel. (310) 228-1234.
11. Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City. **** / 4-star. Four diamond hotel. (310) 284-6500.
12. Luxe City Center Hotel. **** / 4-star. Four diamond hotel. (213) 748-1291.
13. Omni Hotel Los Angeles. **** / 4-star. 251 S Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90012. Luxury. Four diamond hotel. (213) 617-3300.
14. Ritz Carlton Los Angeles. **** / 4-star. (213) 743-8800. Four diamond hotel. Probably deserves a fifth star at this point.
1. The Standard Downtown LA. 550 S Flower St. Los Angeles, CA 90071.
2. Motel 6 - a vast collection of L.A. locations. Call 1-800-466-8356. All things being equal, try Motel 6 Los Angeles. 1738 Whitley Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028. (323) 464-6006.
3. Super 8 North Hollywood. 7541 Laurel Canyon Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91605. (818) 765-9800.
4. 5533 Huntington Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90032. (323) 221-8828. Bargain / Cheap.
If you are looking around, I'd suggest getting something in Hollywood, North Hollywood, Studio City, or Santa Monica. Then you will be centrally located and not in a really bad area. Other good places to stay include Pasadena, Alahambra, Orange, and Dana Point.
Hilton and Crowne Plaza are good brands for L.A.
Westin Hotels are also good choices.
Food & Supplies
Fast food restaurants are in abundance. Carl's Jr. is based in Los Angeles. Wendy's is also a good choice for burgers. Burger King offers its Whopper, which is a decent value. McDonald's is better than in years past, and seems to have good French fries. In & Out Burger is another choice available in the area, which some seem to find to be above average - it's difficult to determine.
Pizza Hut & Pappa John's are pizza restaurant chains in the area, and there is Godfather's. Also, there is Domino's Pizza, which has a reputation for being low-cost. All these chains seem to be fairly good in recent years.
In the 'diner' category, the leading contender is Denny's, a chain of restaurants which provide salads, burgers, pancakes, and other diner food at lower-than-average prices and at later-than-average hours. The main competition is 'IHOP,' the International House of Pancakes, which is slightly more upscale and, indeed, has much more besides pancakes.
SUBWAY sandwich shop has some cheap yet caloric offerings, with the meatball sandwich being an especially good valuable when its available. Quiznos is a competing sandwich chain that has lots of good offerings.
Unfortunately, America does not seem to have much in the way of sushi restaurant chains, but if one walks around Santa Monica or Hollywood, one is likely to run into many sushi restaurants with sushi bars.
Grocery shopping provides possibilities for getting cheap, already made salads and packaged fresh and dry fruit. Also, here you can stock up on juices - many of the hotel rooms have refrigerators, and in fact, usually these are an option at booking if one is not automatically included.
Vons and Albertsons are the major grocery chains. Also, there is Ralph's and Pavilions. Walmart, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's provide additional choices, along with many smaller chains and stores.
Drugstore chains include Rite Aid and Walgreen's. Target is a department store that has similar goods.
The main convenience store chain is 7-Eleven. However, grocery stores will provide larger quantity goods at lower prices, and also, fresher food. Circle-K is another convenience store chain, and then the gas stations have their own brand-stores.
For basic clothing, Sears, Target, and Walmart are good options. And Ross Dress for Less does seem to be for 'less' cost.
1. Westside Pavilion. 10800 W Pico Blvd #312. Los Angeles, CA 90064. This centrally located mall, built in 1984, provides a good site for various basic food and supplies, including books and clothing. However, it might be a little light on books. See Shopping (below) for bookstores, or go to 1201 3rd St., near the ocean, where there is a Barnes & Noble. A Smart & Final grocery store is at 11221 W Pico Blvd., a few blocks west, toward the ocean. There is a Walmart at 4101 Crenshaw Blvd., which is also an exit off the I-10 freeway. Head south once you leave the freeway (a right on Crenshaw if you are going east, away from the Westside Pavilion).
2. Raya restaurant. **** / 4-star. Dana Point. Four diamond establishment.
3. Culina Modern Italian restaurant. **** / 4-star. Four diamond establishment. (310) 860-4000.
4. Patina restaurant. **** / 4-star. Four diamond establishment. French. Downtown. In Walt Disney Concert Hall. (213) 972-3331.
5. Studio restaurant. At Montage Laguna Beach. **** / 4-star. Four diamond establishment. (949) 715-6420.
6. Melisse restaurant. ***** / 5-star. Four diamond establishment. Santa Monica. (310) 395-0881. Corner of Wilshire Blvd. & 11th St.
7. Valentino Santa Monica restaurant. ***** / 5-star. Four diamond establishment. Santa Monica. (310) 829-4313.
Also - do check the hotel restaurant, even if not listed above. Look for a high diamond rating from AAA, e.g., three or four diamonds. Or if it seems like a good thing - placement in the hotel is a good sign.
There are no doubt some great sushi restaurants in the city - but what makes for great sushi? It is a spiritual matter. Private. Maybe look in Frommer's or something.
Little Tokyo does have sushi places. It is located downtown near the intersection of Hwy's 101 & 110, right next to Bunker Hill.
Many LA businesses are playing a dangerous game with their intellectual property. With the idea that they can save money by not hiring a lawyer, they put off evaluating their intellectual property, figuring that they can do it later when they have more money. The fallacy here is that later when they have more money, they will be a much larger target for predatory lawsuits. Los Angeles is a hotbed for both law and IP. Nevium Intellectual Property Consulting is one of the foremost firms for establishing the value of your IP. I highly recommend that you contact them or a similar firm. The following should help you build your understanding about the processes that establish Intellectual Property value.
There can be little doubt that Intellectual Property (IP) is an economic resource, but realistically, IP has little monetary value to the owner of the IP unless he/she either can (Commercialise) develop the intellectual property into a concept/product or sell the exclusive right for a negotiated payment, or license those rights in consideration of receiving either a one off' licensing fee or an agreed royalty payment for the use of the IP. A company owning valuable IP which generates regular income by licensing could (in good economic times) use IP as security to raise investment capital or obtain a bank loan. However, in most cases, before Intellectual Property can produce any revenue for its creator, it will need to be developed or processed into a product which must contain an element of commercial application before it can be valued or quantified. In other words, the IP must have a beneficial or practical use to those who may wish to utilize them.
To simplify that last statement, if you were an author, you would need to write your book before being able to claim the copyrights thereto. It would be a pointless and costly exercise to spend vast sums of money on filing numerous patent or design registrations, or indeed, defending your Intellectual Property against infringement in a court of law if indeed, your IP has limited shelf life or has limited commercial value!
Companies with a sizeable portfolio (or mixed bag) of Intellectual Property, such as patents, designs, trademarks, copyright, which may well include any fees being earned from licensing know-how', trade secrets or discoveries etc., would be advised to optimise and audit their IP from time to time, in order to establish their value in monetary terms and/or audit the amount of income earned from IP. This exercise would not only have a desired effect upon enhancing the bottom line, but would be a guiding factor to justify or quantify the value of goodwill whenever a company is sold with assets that include Intellectual Property. But of equal importance, a company with a well-managed portfolio' of Intellectual Property, which the company has granted commercial licenses for the use thereof in consideration for a licensing fee or some other revenue agreement, could effectively use those agreements as collateral in support of commercial loans with bankers.
In order to protect unregistered Intellectual Property against plagiarism- all disclosure of confidential information made to companies relating to ideas, know-how or trade secrets, etc. should only be disclosed by means of using a Confidentiality (Non-disclosure) Agreement (NDA). Any unauthorized disclosure of confidential information by the receiver would constitute breach of privacy.
Damages and costs could be recoverable upon a successful action. Damages are usually assessed by the courts upon the actual (proven) loss to the plaintiff and not the potential loss*.
The court may, however, take into account that although there had been a breach of confidentiality, such a breach would not have prevented the plaintiff from marketing his own product, which may affect the size of any damage award.
A feast for lawyers
Depending upon the nature of the claim, it would always be wise to make every endeavor to settle out of court' by granting a license to the alleged abuser. Many times, the courts will order the conflicting parties to pay their own legal costs, which can often amount to substantially more than the award of damages!
The award of costs are not always disclosed or made clear to the respective litigants by their lawyers, until it's usually too late to withdraw from the action. Furthermore, a litigant who does withdraw from action, for whatever reason, will most probably be liable for the other party's legal costs. So, don't make claims which you cannot substantiate or prove. Always regard litigation as being a feast for lawyers'; they get paid whether you win or lose. It's not their home on the line, but it could be yours!
Be mindful that even if you engage the services of the best lawyer money can buy, his/her chance of success will still be only 50%. I think it is unsafe to rely upon any lawyer's advice should he/she tell you that you have a 75% chance of winning your case. Mindful, if there are just two parties involved, the odds are 50-50, which is not quite the same odds is it? In the final analysis, it's the judge or appeal courts who are the final arbiters. The process of valuing Intellectual Property is not quite as straightforward or simple as it sounds. The methodology of valuing IP is not dissimilar to the general principles of valuing real estate.
But in truth, its much less complicated and simpler to value real estates as indeed, valuers or surveyors are able to compare the prices realized in that particular area and use such previous valuation as a benchmark' to assess the current market value of whatever real estate they are endeavoring to value - and for whatever purpose! We have to accept that, despite you own the Intellectual Property of a thing' it's not worth a bean unless it has a commercial application. That means, the thing' somehow must be capable of generating revenue for its owner.
A factor to consider wherever valuing Intellectual Property, is that the product does have a natural shelf life and products do become obsolete. Therefore, when no revenue is being generated from the so-called product, the value of your IP diminishes rapidly or becomes worthless. Just because you have a patent on a thing' for 20 years, it could be worthless if you can't make any money from the use of that patent!
A brilliant idea may need an investment of a million dollars before it become a commercial reality. In short, despite I may have said that ideas per se don't have a value, I am prepared to accept that some ideas do have a commercial value, but in order to protect the Intellectual Property you do need to develop the idea into a potential product. In other words, show or prove that the idea is workable. For example, if you had an idea for a new TV reality show, you don't need to develop every little detail before you can make a disclosure under notice of confidentiality.
You could write to the agent of, for example, Simon Cowell and in your letter say that you have a great idea' for a potential TV reality show, and would he be interested in commercially evaluating it under a notice of confidentiality. Assuming all confidentiality notices are signed by both parties prior to any meeting, at the meeting he may suggest other features he would like to include in the proposed show.
If that's the case, you must not be intransigent to his suggestions' otherwise he may lose patience with you. Any agreed modifications does not diminish your copyright to the originality. Be wise, his suggestions may be the pearl' which gives your potential show that bit of excitement' which you may have overlooked.
So it's a win-win situation for you both if he thinks the format could be sub-licensed in many countries and you both end up making fortunes from your idea! Just remember, assuming you don't have the finance or experience to DIY, you'll need him more than he needs you.
So don't get too cocky!
Use a professional to negotiate your deal!
High profile celebrities do have huge egos and like to promote the impression that the new television show was their own creation, thus elevating their own genius or bankable status! It would be normal for a celebrity or their agent to say, "Well, where do we go from here?"
All you need say is "I'm seeking to grant a license to my format." Never say, "I want to sell my idea!" But if you don't want to be bothered in licensing, you can make it clear that you want to the sell the exclusive' rights to your format. If you reach this stage, it would be the right time to pass negotiation over to a more professional negotiator such as a licensing practitioner or commercial lawyer who specializes in negotiating contracts or structuring agreements. There are of course many patent agents/attorneys who have equal negotiating skills and are able to structure your agreement so you have a wide choice of professionals to call upon. If you do get to this stage, I urge you not to try and negotiate the deal yourself. You may be out-of your depth' and probably taken to the cleaners, or the last person to receive any payment from the deal. But large corporations simply don't like dealing with lone' inventors.
But if you do, be wary and don't sign any document without consulting your lawyer first.
Indeed, if you did, there could be clauses in your contract which you may not understand. In your eagerness to do the deal, you may overlook a clause which gives the other party the right to top shelf' it. This clause may give the other party the right to choose the time for production. In other words, they may not want to start producing it just yet because it may conflict' with their other shows (or products if you are an inventor). That said, your practitioner/lawyer will most certainly include a Performance clause which places an obligation on the party to start production' by a certain date or face a penalty for breach of contract. In most cases, large corporations never like to negotiate with lone entrepreneurs or inventors, and prefer to negotiate with their appointed professionals. Remember, a seasoned entrepreneur or businessman should never show any excitement whilst negotiating a possible successful deal. This would shift the bargaining power over to the potential buyer who will note your eagerness to make the deal.
However, no one more than me dislikes the Arthur Daley' types who are forever trying to screw' us to the wall whenever we sell our cars or other personal effects. I also don't agree with a certain panel member of the TV show Dragon's Den, who'd like us to believe that if we are to become or call ourselves entrepreneurs, we must have the killer instinct' and beat everyone to a pulp whenever negotiating a deal or buying a pound of apples!
Successful deals may not always be attributable to your negotiating skills, but more attributable to timing'; being in the right place at the right time and probably negotiating with a person who is desperate to sell or on the verge of bankruptcy.
Obviously, you must try and get the best deal for yourself. But how many times have we all tried to be a clever Dick' and it's backfired on us or we have been told to sod off' by some vexed person we offered peanuts for their business. When the tables are turned on us, we get irritable and offended if some one dares to take us for a ride. So it pays dividends for us to put ourselves in the same position to that of the seller. Instead of being aggressive, try a little sweet talk' and usually a deal is done and both parties are happy.
That said, if you believe the Dragon's Den advice is just great for you, then by all means, follow it to the letter and see how many people or traders will be eager to do business with you again. If traders are aware you are a greedy bastard and a person who denies them making a small or moderate profit, why should they be eager to negotiate with you? What we often overlook is that shop or business proprietors have heavy overheads' and staff to pay for. Many buyers on the other hand, want to purchase goods for less than the seller has paid for it. Be fair and equitable with those you wish to trade or do business and they will offer you fair deals! Try and screw them down for the last penny, and you will be the loser in the long term.
Although I advocate that we ought to always play fair' whenever negotiating deals, there are certain signs nonetheless which are probably more related to psychology or human behavior', which we can always use to our advantage if we know just how to interpret those signs.
For example, when you are house hunting' never show signs to the seller that you are keen to buy it. Sometimes, you must bite your tongue because if you do disclose (overly) interest, the reaction you will get from the owner is "We have been swamped with offers!" They are unlikely to reveal the actual price of the offer; it could be drastically lower than their asking price. So do nothing for a few days and they will come to you and inquire if you are interested in their home. If you get such a call, it's an obvious sign they don't have any significant offers. If they reveal they have already settled on a property, then they are eager' to do a deal! Obviously, if you are house buying and spot a potential building plot or development potential which the owners may not be aware of don't pussyfoot about; keep silent on your observation, make them an offer very close to their asking price and guarantee them a quick sale!
Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is the most populace city for California, for the West Coast, and for all of the American Southwest. L.A. offers a diverse set of cultural and economic elements which, if perhaps not quite keeping pace with its vast population size, nonetheless are in favorable proportion to it. Also cities in the developing world can be large and L.A. increasingly bears some visual similarities to many of those cities - yet Los Angeles is no developing world municipality and is, rather, one of the most technological and economically advanced areas in America. Its economy is larger than that of most countries and is the second largest for an urban area in the U.S. Moreover, for many years, Los Angeles benefited from California's reputation for being a cultural leader, and indeed was the driving force behind that reputation in the 20th century.
Much of what has made Los Angeles interesting is what is close to it. It is in some respects, the world's major shipping hub, with the world's busiest cargo container ports. Moreover, Tijuana, Mexico is just down the road, and at least for many decades, Mexico was a major draw for Los Angeles residents. About six hours drive to the north, one finds San Francisco, and about four hours to the east, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Plus the rich heartland of California begins right on Los Angeles' northern border.
Within the Los Angeles area itself, there is a fascinating driving environment, the world's first 'freeway city.' A new public transportation system has been developed in order to deal with the terrible traffic jams, but Los Angeles is a city meant to be experienced by automobile. Amazing sights are available.
Culinary delights are also in the extreme, with offerings far out-pacing anywhere else on the West Coast, or anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere, apart from New York City. On the other hand, hotels are not L.A.'s strong suit and in general, housing prices tend toward absurdity. But this later fact perhaps indicates the economic and cultural vitality of the area, and, even if one might expect somewhat grander and cheaper hotels, there are some fine choices available. Moreover, short-term apartments are an available choice.
What sets Los Angeles apart is less its restaurant and hotel scene, and more its cafes, nightclubs, and events.
Los Angeles has long been a very musical city and if competition from other cities may have diminished that focus, still in comparison with the rest of the West Coast, this is a place that seems to care for a good night out with tunes. Possibly, L.A. is America's electronica Mecca - it's somewhat difficult to determine both what is happening in L.A., and what is happening say, in Ohio, but that's an impression one might readily form. The city in any case has a long rock history, taking in acts such as: The Doors; The Byrds; Buffalo Springfield, The Monkees; Crosby, Stills & Nash; The Eagles; Neil Young; Wang Chung; and Jane's Addiction. LA-based record labels include Rhino records, Elektra, Capitol records, MCA Records, Warner Brothers, and Reprise Records.
Along with the music industry, there is of course the film industry, which generates much café and nightclub traffic, and contributes mightily to the realm of 'special events.' There are also some attached theme parks, such as Universal Studios Hollywood.
No doubt Los Angeles further offers 'shopping.' Electronic stores provide many of today's goodies and are ubiquitous, but then there are also cars, watches, furniture, art, wine, memorabilia, etc. For some things, one really has to go to either Chicago, New York, or - Los Angeles. Plus it has its own unique offerings, such as film memorabilia or other items related to the film industry. L.A. perhaps has a bit more than Chicago in general, when it comes to shopping - there are more eccentric personalities, closer ties to Asia, and perhaps closer ties to the Arab world. All this contributes to the shopping offerings.
Los Angeles is somewhat light on museums for its size, yet given how large the place is, that still translates into quite an impressive set of museums. Then there are also special cultural happenings, commensurate with being a 'world class city,' when it comes to academic and religious lectures. In this regard, Los Angeles offers little compared to Boston or New York, yet is still going to far outpace a state such as Texas, or a city such as San Francisco.
The Los Angeles area also has a few 'special attractions,' the main one being the Disneyland park, the first of its kind. …Either one knows already what this amusement park is, or, I would suggest, it is imperative that you find out. In its own way, it is a kind of museum of mid-20th century America. L.A. further has some famous beaches and surf spots. Moreover, LAX, the airport, serves as a kind of travel hub for flights to South America - and to some Asian and antipodal destinations.
The coastal center of Los Angeles is the Santa Monica pier, a structure dating back to 1909. It is located in the eponymous neighborhood, 'Santa Monica,' officially, an incorporated entity. Santa Monica provides a good base for exploration of Los Angeles, as does the more famous area of Hollywood, located about ten miles northeast of Santa Monica. Hollywood contains many film studios and nightspots.
Santa Monica is on the beach, bound by San Vincente Blvd. to the north, and by a line about a mile south of I-10 freeway. Hollywood is inland. If you take the I-405 north from LAX airport, Hwy 2 west goes to Santa Monica and Hwy 2 east goes to Hollywood.
South of Santa Monica, along the coast, one gets various well-known beach areas, such as Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Eventually one hits Long Beach, which is industrial in character and also has a gigantic port. South of Long Beach, one hits more resort-focused areas, including Laguna Beach and Dana Point.
Directly to the east of Santa Monica, one finds Culver City, which is divided from Hollywood by downtown Los Angeles. Also to the east, e.g. following Wilshire Blvd, is Westwood, which is similar in quality to Santa Monica and might serve as a good base of exploration. Heading further east from Hollywood takes one to Pasadena, home of the Rose Bowl and CalTech University (the California Institute of Technology). Heading further east from Hollywood, along the route to Las Vegas, one enters a more desert-like environment that includes San Bernardino, and also, to the south, Riverside. On the other hand, going north from Hollywood - takes one to North Hollywood, a separate neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. In between Hollywood and North Hollywood, one finds Studio City and Universal City. Next to North Hollywood sits Burbank.
To the north of Santa Monica, a short drive on Hwy 1 leads up to Malibu.
Going south, inland from Long Beach, one hits Anaheim and other Orange County areas. Disneyland is located in Anaheim, but also many major company headquarters and religious institutions.
There is a distinction between the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. However, usually the only way to tell whether one is in incorporated Los Angeles, or only Los Angeles County, is to look on the map…. There is a somewhat byzantine collection of municipalities present, with few natural boundaries. Let us emphasize: it is all, "Los Angeles."
Likewise, "Los Angeles" extends into Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County. Of course, the locals might object to that concept - but who really cares? I know Net Guides Press doesn't, which must be author's main consideration…. In any case, "Los Angeles" is a confusing idea. It is not as such "the Greater Los Angeles area," if that includes Ventura County (to the north) - because one thing is for certain,Ventura is not part of L.A. That would be like saying, New Jersey is part of New York City. It's just not true! Let's hear no more of that.
But to suggest Disneyland isn't in Los Angeles, just because someone drew a line on a map, 'this is Los Angeles County and this is Orange County' - this is merely an Orange way of thinking. If you are from Orange County and that's what you need to believe, then alright, but otherwise, it goes without saying that Disneyland Park is an important Los Angeles tourist destination….
More information is provided about each site under its respective heading, "Rated Lodging," "Shopping," "Historical Sites," etc. This is just a bare list of the 5-Star sites, keeping in mind that many sites could not be rated.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Museums & Historical Sites)
Getty Center (Museums & Historical Sites)
Los Angeles Plaza Historic District (Museums & Historical Sites)
Hammer Museum - Art Museum (Museums & Historical Sites)
Autry National Center - Museum of the Southwest (Museums & Historical Sites)
South Coast Repertory Theatre (Museums & Historical Sites)
Mark Taper Forum - Theatre (Museums & Historical Sites)
Music Center / L.A. Philharmonic (Museums & Historical Sites)
American Cinematheque at the Egyptian (Museums & Historical Sites)
Skylight Books (Shopping)
Amoeba Music (Shopping)
Santa Anita Park - Horse Racing (Amusements)
Dodger Stadium (Amusements)
Audiences Unlimited - Visit Live TV-Show Recordings (Amusements)
Celebrity Helicopters - Tours (Amusements)
Catalina Island Ferries (Amusements)
Melisse - Restaurant (Food & Supplies)
Valentino Santa Monica -Restaurant (Food & Supplies)
St. Regis Resort (Rated Lodging)
Ritz Carlton - Dana Point (Rated Lodging)
Montage Laguna Beach (Rated Lodging)
Ritz-Carlton - Marina Del Rey (Rated Lodging)
Island Hotel Newport Beach (Rated Lodging)
The Resort at Pelican Hill (Rated Lodging)
Venice Beach (Amusements)
Malibu Lagoon / Surfrider Beach (Amusements)
Zuma Beach (Amusements)
Manhattan Beach (Amusements)
Will Rogers State Beach (Amusements)
The routes are numerous. I-10, I-15, and I-40 are all relevant east-west roads. Hwy 101 and I-5 are relevant north-south roads.
The I-40 connects to I-15 north of Los Angeles, near Barstow. The I-15 connects with the Hwy 210 west of San Bernardino: Hwy 210 west then connects with I-5 in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles International Airport, LAX, is one of the world's busiest airports and is located directly in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles the entertainment capital of the world. It has every type of site and experience imaginable. We are going to list the top ten most popular attractions in the city.
Let's start with Hollywood Boulevard with the famous Walk of Fame. You have seen this place many times on T.V. So you cannot miss it when you visit the city right? There's plenty of shopping and restaurants and as you can expect, you can also find here many movie based attractions, not to mention the high art of Hollywood and celebrity spotting.
Attraction number nine is Beverly Hills where you find perhaps one of the most well known streets in the world. Rodeo Drive is a haven for anyone who has a passion for fashion. These short three blocks are concentrated with an overwhelmingly a range of designer labels including the likes of Giorgio Armani, both Henri Cartier Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Escada, Guchi, Prada, Valentino Isa and more.
Number eight must see attraction is the farmers' market which features more than one hundred restaurants, vendors and tourist shops. The farmer's market is located just south of C.B.S. Television City. A farmer's market in Los Angeles is permanent, that is open seven days a week.
Attraction number seven is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, featuring one hundred thousand objects dating from ancient times to the present and it's the largest art museum in the western U.S..
At sixth place we have Santa Monica Beach. This is a great place to take the kids to. It leads you to the theme park on Santa Monica Pier. Other attractions in the area include the Third Street Promenade and the newly renovated Santa Monica Place Mall.
In fifth place is the Huntington Library with a gigantic art collection and one hundred twenty acres of botanical gardens with the rarest plants around the world. The gardens are divided into more than a dozen themes and one of the most beautiful places you'll find while you are here in L.A..
Number four is the Getty Museum. This is a beautiful place to visit. It has more than sixty thousand exhibits. And you can also enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the city of Los Angeles. This is probably one of the only free attractions in the city.
In the third place we have Warner Brothers and Paramount Studios. Every major studio city is offering to or to see how the magic is done. See behind the scenes of your favorite shows and movies at the world's busiest Motion Picture and Television Studios.
At number two, the Universal Studios Theme Park, which has tons of rides themed to all of your favorite universal movies. And don't forget about that Universal City Walk just outside Universal Studios with numerous shops and restaurants.
Our number one attraction is Disneyland. Southern California's most popular amusement park with fourteen and a half million visitors a year, complete with all your favorite Disney characters up close, rides for every age group and endless attractions. Disneyland definitely lives up to its name as being the happiest place on earth.
While these are the top ten attractions in LA, there are plenty more if you want to dig a little deeper.