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Old 04-07-2020, 07:38 AM   #11
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424 is the new 310.
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Old 04-07-2020, 08:15 AM   #12
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Burbank and Glendale (that general area) are my choices to live, but how hot is it in the summer and for how long? Manhattan Beach if I have to be more south of LA, but ****, it's like an hour commute into LA to live somewhere safe. I lived in an area that's rated 85 on area vibes, so those are comparable. But if I have to work east of Compton, I don't see anywhere to live other than commuting north to Burbank.
The Valley is anywhere from 5 to 20 degrees hotter than West LA, Santa Monica, BH, and just about anywhere on this side of the hill. (And as you go east away from the water it goes up too, of course.) It's amazing even after all these years to see the temperature gauge in the car start going up so quickly when you go over the 405 to the other side of the hill. LA gets it's warmest/hottest starting around June and running into October. It always seems like August and September are the toughest months. Of course, it can vary some as to when the heat start, stops or even comes back temporarily during months other than that range.

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Sheesh, I remember using my Rand McNally spiral bound map when I was just out of college. I had a cell but still used a map. haha.
For me and most years & years ago, "the" map choice was the Thomas Guide. Large "War & Peace" like spiral bound book. They'd give out the page number (ex. 610) where the location was on the map on call sheets for crews so people could more quickly figure out how to get to set.
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Old 04-07-2020, 08:56 AM   #13
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Just so we're clear, Manhattan Beach is NOT an hour from LA. More like 15 mins from the westside (if traffic's okay, lol). I used to work in El Segundo, which is just north of MB, and the commute for me was great. Then again, I live near Culver City, so there's that.

Of course, everything depends on where you work. Burbank and Glendale are convenient if you're working downtown or east. But they suck if you have to go anywhere near the westside or South Bay. My old co-workers who lived in that area hated commuting to El Segundo.

This place is huge and spread out so it's always difficult figuring out where to live in conjunction with where you work. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do that awful commute.

And I would argue lots of places are safe, relatively speaking. Burbank is fine, as are Glendale, MB, westside, parts of downtown, etc., etc. Crazy stuff happens as it does in any major city, but for the most part it's been good where I've lived (sans the homeless problem, which is a different issue.)
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Old 04-07-2020, 12:32 PM   #14
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Docgonzo,
Thanks for the update. All helpful. I had spent a lot of time investigating areas as I was considering positions. There are a lot of retailer corporate offices, distributors and wholesalers (all need buyers) that are based in LA. So, if a job didn't work out there are other options. Here it's slim to none. You basically have to wait for a buyer to retire for a position to open up.

The problem is, as you mentioned, it's so spread out that if I move first then get a job, that could be more problematic than the reverse.

Manhattan Beach is a great area. Seems to have a good lifestyle setting. Expensive. I may be able to room with a friend who wants to move to LA at the same time. Culver City looks good, too.

I'm trying to make the best plan possible. My stuff is in storage so I can move with just personal items if I got a job and needed to move in two weeks. I'm hoping August will be the timeframe.

I'd like to be in an area where I can spend time outside and walk to the store instead of driving, if possible.

Will,
thanks for the 411 on the temps. It's hella better than freezing rain and 18" snow storms-- which I've had enough in my life.

thanks for all the help.
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Old 04-07-2020, 12:40 PM   #15
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I agree with the others that once you're in LA, your area code won't matter. I'm a native but most of my close friends here are east coast transplants and their MA, NY, and CT area codes haven't caused them any problems. My fiance works in entertainment and has kept her Boston number for years with no problems.

In terms of where to live, it's all subjective. Unfortunately I think you just have to be here for a year or two before you really figure out what part of the city you most jive with. I personally love the Valley. I'm near all the studios and prod cos on this side of the hill, Hollywood is nearby, Downtown and East LA aren't terrible treks depending on the traffic, and I've not far from the Coldwater and Laurel canyons which makes getting to West LA pretty easy.
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Old 04-07-2020, 01:27 PM   #16
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To show their respect for the first responders and law enforcement officers each night at 8pm everyone goes outside to their front yard and cheers for them, their bravery and their sacrifice.

Here in Colorado at 8pm everyone goes outside and howls (like wolves). Sorta like the Twilight Bark from 101 Dalmations but with howling instead of barking.

The governor encourages it.

I guess it's to let everyone know they aren't alone. Not sure, no one does it where I live. lol

When I lived in Cali I was in Simi Valley but I had a 310 number. As another poster said with cell phones now it probably doesn't really matter about area code as most folks keep their original state number when they move there. But I wish you well on your move and good luck.
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Old 05-16-2020, 12:29 PM   #17
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Okay, so I was able to secure a 310 area code. It looks like slim pickings, two searches at AT&T most of the numbers left were 310-666-____. Just can't go there...

thanks for all the advice.
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Old 05-16-2020, 05:43 PM   #18
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… two searches at AT&T most of the numbers left were 310-666-____. Just can't go there...
Well, it would be memorable. Too bad you don't write horror.
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:13 PM   #19
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Well, it would be memorable. Too bad you don't write horror.
My writing has a lot of horror elements. Kind of goes with the genres. I thought about it for a second but then I was like, it might freak people out actually having to dial it. haha.
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:24 PM   #20
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I think any of the codes listed in the thread are a good option. Frankly, if there's ONE good thing to come of this Covid madness it's that it has proven how you don't need to be in Los Angeles to do what we do. I always maintained that it was mostly a ploy designed by disgruntled East Coasters working in the industry and hating LA, who simply wanted us to suffer alongside them.

Point being: if someone STILL makes you feel bad about being in CT and not having an LA number... fook 'em. So yeah, why not. Get the LA number. But it should be the last thing on anybody's mind when they're Zooming you and hearing your pitch or whatever it is.

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Hello all:
Jump to the last paragraph and skip the explanation...

Looking for some good advice. I am trying to make my move to Cali this year, I know crazy time to do it, but I figure there isn't a better time.

I have an opportunity to get a new phone number and I want to get an LA area code because 1) it may help as I search for a job and actually be considered based on my skills, 2) look better for industry people and 3) make it an easier transition once I get there and not have to disrupt new contacts with a new phone number.

I can relocate easily (or at least as easy as possible) to LA around August. There are a lot of companies that need buyers/category managers. It's just that I'm in Connecticut right now and that's about as far as you can get from LA and most companies won't even consider my resume because they don't have a relocation package.

What is the best LA area code to request?

Thank you DDPeeps.
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