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Marilyn's
Redondo Beach, CA

Corruption & Crowding..... - 5/3/2016

Los Angeles has changed DRASTICALLY in just the last 10 years. There's lots of small, inner-city corruption of municipalities now. Lots of it. Very large outside money conglomerates are buying up all the rent-controlled apartments & evicting long-time tenants who thought they were protected under "rent control" ordinances. These big money guys, don't care who they kick out on the street & they've found a loophole & are exploiting it to the hilt. In some cases, they renovate units, doubling the number & then are renting them out for outrageous rates on Air B & B. Lots of corruption swirling around marijuana dispensaries too. Power hungry City Councilmen are destroying the low income communities, they are professing to help. Lots of underhanded dirty tricks in local government. It's a shark tank here. All kinds of new improvement projects have begun in downtown. The city has some VERY amazing Grant writers & thieves working for the city and installing corrupt parks all over the place. They get State grants, steal the properties from residents via eminent domain and then hire all their buddies to do the park construction work. Lots and lots of materials are stolen & used on their other construction jobs. Pure profit. Pure evil. Whenever you hear about how some agency suddenly wants to "help" the disenfranchised, low income, under-represented, blah, blah - RUN for the hills. The freeways are parking lots. Gridlock for hours. The condensation of people is ridiculous here. Long lines everywhere. Lots of illegal immigrants - which gets annoying after a while. I was a liberal, but that's changing. I believe my experience. Societal issues are making life a nightmare here & I'm looking to sell my house & move. Unless you're rich, don't even bother coming here now. The elite's are squeezing the little people, horribly. The water is an issue. Black water in Gardena, a petroleum plant is on the verge of blowing up in Torrance, the port of LA is a filthy, Escape from New York landscape. Uh... unless you can insulate yourself with wealth by living in a ridiculously expensive place with high walls, think again about coming to LA. Homelessness is sad and really out of control. The cities do nothing to help them, either - but have the cops run them off from everywhere. Drought is always terrible. And this one sounds bizarre - but it's true. There's lots of geoengineering here. Most afternoons, very high altitude jets make multiple passes and spray chemicals that leave contrails that widen out into wispy clouds. I've been watching it for months & have lots of pictures. You can google "seeding the clouds" - there was a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. Geoenginneringwatch.org is another unbelievable website everyone who's thinking of moving here should take a look at. These government goons have to try to get it to rain here, it's past critical. Scary what they're manipulating, though. There are cameras on top of almost every signal light - going in all four directions on all the signals in LA county. Big Brother on steroids. I'm not kidding. All of this stuff, makes it oppressive for a thinking person. If you're a superficial person who thinks you're going to be rich & famous & network yourself to the top here - Come on down. Hollywood is waiting for you. Dive in. The water's great. What's left of it. By 2025 they're projecting the populations going to double. I don't know how that will be possible. Heading for pure misery, for sure. Stay where you're at...

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Marilyn's
Redondo Beach, CA

Corruption & Crowding..... - 5/3/2016

Los Angeles has changed DRASTICALLY in just the last 10 years. There's lots of small, inner-city corruption of municipalities now. Lots of it. Very large outside money conglomerates are buying up all the rent-controlled apartments & evicting long-time tenants who thought they were protected under "rent control" ordinances. These big money guys, don't care who they kick out on the street & they've found a loophole & are exploiting it to the hilt. In some cases, they renovate units, doubling the number & then are renting them out for outrageous rates on Air B & B. Lots of corruption swirling around marijuana dispensaries too. Power hungry City Councilmen are destroying the low income communities, they are professing to help. Lots of underhanded dirty tricks in local government. It's a shark tank here. All kinds of new improvement projects have begun in downtown. The city has some VERY amazing Grant writers & thieves working for the city and installing corrupt parks all over the place. They get State grants, steal the properties from residents via eminent domain and then hire all their buddies to do the park construction work. Lots and lots of materials are stolen & used on their other construction jobs. Pure profit. Pure evil. Whenever you hear about how some agency suddenly wants to "help" the disenfranchised, low income, under-represented, blah, blah - RUN for the hills. The freeways are parking lots. Gridlock for hours. The condensation of people is ridiculous here. Long lines everywhere. Lots of illegal immigrants - which gets annoying after a while. I was a liberal, but that's changing. I believe my experience. Societal issues are making life a nightmare here & I'm looking to sell my house & move. Unless you're rich, don't even bother coming here now. The elite's are squeezing the little people, horribly. The water is an issue. Black water in Gardena, a petroleum plant is on the verge of blowing up in Torrance, the port of LA is a filthy, Escape from New York landscape. Uh... unless you can insulate yourself with wealth by living in a ridiculously expensive place with high walls, think again about coming to LA. Homelessness is sad and really out of control. The cities do nothing to help them, either - but have the cops run them off from everywhere. Drought is always terrible. And this one sounds bizarre - but it's true. There's lots of geoengineering here. Most afternoons, very high altitude jets make multiple passes and spray chemicals that leave contrails that widen out into wispy clouds. I've been watching it for months & have lots of pictures. You can google "seeding the clouds" - there was a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. Geoenginneringwatch.org is another unbelievable website everyone who's thinking of moving here should take a look at. These government goons have to try to get it to rain here, it's past critical. Scary what they're manipulating, though. There are cameras on top of almost every signal light - going in all four directions on all the signals in LA county. Big Brother on steroids. I'm not kidding. All of this stuff, makes it oppressive for a thinking person. If you're a superficial person who thinks you're going to be rich & famous & network yourself to the top here - Come on down. Hollywood is waiting for you. Dive in. The water's great. What's left of it. By 2025 they're projecting the populations going to double. I don't know how that will be possible. Heading for pure misery, for sure. Stay where you're at...

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filmtress
Los Angeles, CA

Development an Gentrification - 1/19/2016

We just had a huge rent hike in Los Angeles where a studio apartment averages $1,200.+ hundred dollars. I just saw one that was $1600. It's ridiculous. Gentrification is happening in all of the affordable areas and is displacing a lot of families. Especial 'limited income' households, single people and people of color. It's seems the higher paid few are taking over the cities. They bring their dogs too. They crap on the street and leave their dander to annoy those with asthma conditions. As long as they have their income, Starbucks and outdoor cafes they seem to be happy. They are not friendly yet are moving into the neighborhood. Cost of living went up. Seems as though Los Angeles is becoming New York. Food costs more however, COL (Cost of Living) Allowance hasn't matched it. They are squeezing the people out and developing former African American landmarks/neighborhoods to accommodate the rich. This isn't fair. I've seen two bedroom apartments go for as much as $4000-6000 thousand dollars but the average is 1900-2500 hundred. If you're on a limited income, you are up sh*t creek without a paddle. There are many newly homeless people here.

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J F
Los Angeles, CA

Nothing New to Report - 8/19/2015

Los Angeles is still under major construction and will be for years to come. Nothing new to report.

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Ken
Porter Ranch, CA

Tired of California - 8/17/2015

Moved here 30 years ago for the weather. Can't wait to get away from the crazy rules and regulations and liberal view point - not to mention the cost of living. Last one out close the door - seem accurate to me.

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Studio City Dental Center
Studio City, CA

Studio City Dental Center - 7/28/2015

Dr. Kouyoumdjian received his Doctoral of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California. He has received several professional awards and regularly attends training sessions to stay up-to-date on the latest cosmetic dentistry. The whole staff at Studio City Dental Center strives to make patients feel comfortable and have a pleasant experience. They offer solutions to various teeth problems includes effective dental veneers in Studio City & more.

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Charles
Sherman Oaks, CA

Los Angeles-Stayed too long - 5/15/2015

I moved here twice. Once in 1978-81 from Chicago. I was 23 the first time and it was magic. Had a chance to play on an album with some great studio guys, met the Beach Boys a couple of times, Brian and Carl Wilson. Played at the Improv and Dennis Wilson and Christine McVie came in just as we were about to get up and play. Back then it was busy, but it was a bit more relaxed. Apartments were somewhat affordable, and the Universal Amphitheater had no roof but was an open air concert venue. I was a kid, had dreams, but was totally unprepared for what I fell in to. But at 23 who really knows anything about anything. Moved back here in 1986 for a job, and fast forward to 2015. The place is too crowded, too expensive 80% of the population rents here because homes are out of reach. Apartment owners know this so apartment rentals have gone sky high with more luxury apartments going up all the time. This crap about the weather, the surf, sand and mountains is all well and good if you can find time and the money to play after you've worked 10 hours just to keep pace with the cost of living. This town is for young people. I am 60, though I think the lifestyle and the weather have kept me young minded and young looking, it really was time to get out of this town about 10 years ago before it got to this stage of insufferable. If you are looking for community, friendly neighbors, and warm amd fuzzy, you'll get hit over the head with a ton of bricks. The transportation sucks, and if you want to get from the valley to the West side, give yourself about 45minutes to an hour to go 16 miles. Don't get me wrong. If you aren't making enough money, no place is going to seem too friendly. It just takes a whole lot more of it here, and it's getting worse. If you want something affordable, you'll have to move to the Antelope Valley or Santa Clarita which are areas with druggies and meth labs all over the place. You will have to be at the top of your game, whether you're a doctor, lawyer, webmaster, SEO, etc. If you are an actor or musician, stand in line, and have your chops together before you get here. The level of musicianship especially for the studio is second to none. It's a great pleasure to watch, but if you want to compete on that level, you will have to be an extremely high level musician. I met my wife here and that's one of the best things about the place I can say happened to me. We took a reality check and it's time to get out. I make low 6 figures/year, and we're barely making it. But I have learned a ton of stuff about myself here, and if you have want your buttons pushed, this is the place to come. BTW, the chicks look great, but that's about it. THey look great for the sake of looking great, and that's about as deep as it goes.

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Hank
Woodland Hills, CA

education - 1/27/2015

I live in a suburb of Los Angeles, Woodland Hills. I am constantly reading about how bad the educational system is, yet the people writing these posts have poor grammar themselves. For example, they might say: "Me and my family want to move to Bakersfield." No! "I want to..." and you always put others first. Should be: "My family and I want to move to Bakersfield." Come on people! Education first, then everything else can follow!

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Linda
Van Nuys, CA

Why I want to leave Ca - 1/24/2015

The cost of living has skyrocketed in the last five years. It is good if you have a large extended family because they are the only ones who can fit 2-3 families in one house to meet the high rentals here. A single apt with no bedroom starts at 950,00 a month. I rented a house in Van Nuys for 14 years and saw my rental increased to 1,000.00 a month from 650.00 even though I maintained my property in excellent condition and never was late with my rent. Van Nuys is rent control, but over the years my rent was increased. I have dogs and coudn't bear to part with them. I am now ready to retire. Although the climate is wonderful traffic is insane for the most part you are judged by what you drive and how you dress. My neighbors with the large extended family and anchor baby moms coming and going calling the fire department because they decided to build a fire in the back yard draining sewage onto my lawn had to call the sanitation department. Throwing trash in front of my house-not containing their dogs and they would go after the mailman who ultimately refused to deliver mail there. This large extended family ethnic group has taken over Los Angeles and had marched down town and brazenly burned our American Flag and hoisted their flag up in the air with absolutely no consequences I try to be open minded and fair-but enough already

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Gary
North Hollywood, CA

Looking to possibly Relocate - 1/8/2015

I've been living in the North Hollywood/Toluca Lake area for a while. It's a nice part of LA, being close to Burbank, Universal City, and close to the freeways. However I feel like I'm getting a little burned out on LA and looking to possibly relocate soon.

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Tim
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles public transit sucks - 12/23/2014

Everyone knows that LA's traffic sucks. That's because the city grew too fast for it's freeway system. The freeway was not designed to support so many people. By the time it had grown, it was too late (costly) to fix it. This is also evidenced by our poor public transit system. The train makes a couple of T's and L's across this massive city, but from there, you'll have to get on the bus. Buses have to deal with LA traffic and have to make round-about routes, so you could be waiting for hours if you are trying to get to the other side of town. But the weather is great! haha

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Nancy
Winnetka, CA

Changing Climate - 11/18/2014

Los Angeles is facing an ongoing severe drought that is becoming chronic (circa 2014). There are more windy, dusty days. The winter weather is lovely and mild and becoming a bit warmer. The summers are quite hot unless you live near the beach areas.

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Eric
Porter Ranch, CA

water problem - 11/10/2014

Due to California's historic drought, many home owners that have lawns in yards are suffering from watering the lawns

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christopher
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Transforms - 10/5/2014

While I was born in Southern California I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After traveling while enlisted in the Army I moved to LA and have lived here since 2009. I have spent two years living in Santa Monica, three years living in the Valley (Northridge/Reseda) and a year living in Koreatown (a mile or two west of Downtown LA). The city has certainly gone through some rough years however it is apparent that neighborhoods all around are changing for the better. LA is known for its traffic (everything you've heard is true - nay - it's worse) but the people of LA are finally finding an alternative to driving in LAs Metro Rail system. Its' network of subways and light rails is expansive and is growing rapidly; residents everywhere are ditching their cars (and gas and parking) and "going Metro". I live in a beautiful 90 year old 1 bedroom apartment situated right on the Purple Line subway just 5 minutes from Downtown and 10 minutes from Hollywood. A space with equivalent square footage and access to popular neighborhoods, nightlife, transit, and restaurants in SF or NY would cost at least twice as much. There is a lot left to fix here but the changes are happening and the community seems motivated - I recommend this beautiful city - come and be part of its transition back into greatness.

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Johanna
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles - 8/12/2014

Great City

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Sandy
Lakewood, CA

Living in California - 6/20/2014

Cost of living is very very high here... But! the weather is Great :)

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Lynn
Los Angeles, CA

Enjoy the Variety - 6/20/2014

Born and raised in LA, and having travelled all around the country, we are lucky to have a wide variety of home styles here. Many US cities enjoy miles and miles of the same thing.

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GWB7
Playa del Rey, CA

Significant Changes in Quality of Life - 12/2/2013

I have lived in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area for almost 38 years. Now I am an aging baby-boomer and have experienced a serious deterioration in the quality of life here over the last several years. Recently this area has experienced another critical mass which has had serious consequences. Most seriously, this area has had a steady increase in both violent and property crime due to the effects of a two year long prison release program, imposed by the State Legislature on the entire state (AB109), one-third of whom have been released to Los Angeles County alone. This increase may not as yet be reflected in the latest crime statistics. Los Angeles is suffering, in large part, from the effects of the Law of Diminishing Returns. This is due to the dramatic increase in population of both the city and county of Los Angeles, along with the sheer geographical size and distances one encounters in living in Southern California; torturous commutes along gridlocked freeways and surface streets, along with an increasing population density, resulting in discontinuation of once pleasurable activities. Other contributing factors are an aging and deteriorating infrastructure, resulting in increasingly frequent power blackouts, poor and deteriorating streets, underground pipes bursting with significant water damage to streets and buildings: all areas which the city and county governments seem unwilling or powerless to adequately address. Finally, social relationships have deteriorated as the resident population seems increasingly angry and unfriendly, and uninterested in forming and maintaining new relationships. This has resulted in a sense of increasing isolation and alienation among many social groups; especially those who are single (of any age group), the divorced, the widowed, senior citizens (who are effectively rendered invisible), and those who are among the Lesbian and gay population (from adolescents to seniors). In reviewing your list of the most stressful cities to live in, I believe it would be helpful to add a column of the measure of use of other drugs (e.g. marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, designer drugs) which may be obtained from CDC or SAMSHA, as well as a column measuring overall broad measures of general physical health, community spirit, and a column measuring one's sense of belonging. I believe the above are all indices that will affect the level of stress an individual will experience in any city. Thank you for the opportunity to present these comments.

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Cherie
Los Angeles, CA

Northeast Los Angeles - 10/19/2013

I live in the area of northeast Los Angeles (NELA) which is comprised of many older neighborhoods. Over the past 10 years, NELA has become a popular destination of Los Angeles hipsters, defined roughly as young, urban and into the music and art scene. The socioeconomic statistics of this population vary from upper income to low (minimum wage). My specific neighborhood is called Glassell Park. It is considered to be one of the next up and coming neighborhoods for this population and is in the beginning stages of gentrification. Glassell Park is bordered by Glendale, Eagle Rock (NELA) and Cypress Park (NELA).

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Alex
Sunland, CA

Sunland/Tujunga Quality of Life - 10/16/2013

The community of Sunland and Tujunga is a real sleeper community. Very small town feel but close to just about everything since the 210 freeway runs parallel to the main blvd(foothill). The community is nestled along the mountains thus developers cant build huge apts. and over develop the area. The developers have tried to sneak an apartment into every last space but all the empty land is taken. With the mountains to the North, its impossible to over populate the direct area. Traffic is much less intense than most cities within Los Angeles. Crime seems very low and the town shuts down at night. If you want nightlife, Hollywood is about 20 minutes away. The community has really been on the upswing. Streets are finally being paved and home prices are up. You get a lot for your money compared to the crowded nearby cities of Glendale and Burbank, so i like it. The best thing about this town is that most places are within 15-20 min of the community, then you can come home to less of a rate race. People please keep investing in your properties and taking pride. Every little bit helps!

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