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Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. It is the second most populous city in the United States and the most populous city in the state of California. Located in a large coastal basin surrounded on three sides by mountains reaching up to and over 10,000 feet (3,000 m), Los Angeles covers an area of about 469 square miles (1,210 km2). The city is also the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. It is nicknamed "The City of Angels" in part because of how its name translates from Spanish.
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The Los Angeles metropolitan area averages year-round mild-to-warm weather. The climate is classified as a Mediterranean climate, which is a type of dry subtropical climate, characterized by seasonal changes in rainfall—with a dry summer and a winter rainy season—but relatively modest transitions in temperature. Some areas of the city may also be defined as a cold semi-arid climate due to the low annual rainfall in combination with high mean temperatures.
The Los Angeles Westside, colloqially referred to as "Westside", is an urban region in western Los Angeles County, California. It has no official definition, but according to the Los Angeles Times, it comprises 101.28 square miles (262 km2), encompassing not only districts in the city of Los Angeles but also two unincorporated neighborhoods, plus the cities of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Culver City, and Santa Monica.
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- Santa Monica College
- West Los Angeles College
Los Angeles is home to a number of sports teams:
- Los Angeles Dodgers (Baseball) - Venue is the Dodger Stadium
- Los Angeles Lakers & Clippers (Men's Basketball) - Venue is the Staples Center
- Los Angeles Sparks (Women's Basketball) - Venue is the Staples Center
- Los Angeles Kings (Hockey) - Venue is the Staples Center
- Los Angeles Rams (Football) - Venue is the Coliseum in Exposition Park
- Los Angeles Chargers (Football) - Venue is the Stub Hub Center
- Los Angeles Galaxy (Soccer) - Vene is the Stub Hub Center
- San Diego Freeway (405) is is the main north/south freeway for the Westside of L.A. and roughly follows the outline of the Pacific coast for much of its route. The 405 is one of the busiest freeways in the country, the most commonly used highway to LAX, and a bypass for Interstate 5. The 405’s northern terminus is the 5 in the San Fernando Valley. It runs south from the Valley, travels through the Westside and continues south from LAX towards Long Beach, then turns east and merges with the 5 again in Orange County.
- Santa Monica Freeway/San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) i is the main east/west freeway connecting Downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. Formally named the "Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway" in Santa Monica, Interstate 10 travels east from L.A. all the way through Phoenix, Houston and New Orleans to Jacksonville, Florida. The Santa Monica Freeway is the westernmost segment of Interstate 10, beginning at the western terminus of I-10 at the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica and ending southeast of Downtown L.A. at the East Los Angeles Interchange, which connects the I-10, I-5, SR 60 and US 101 freeways. From Downtown L.A. the 10 is known as the San Bernardino Freeway and heads east from the San Gabriel Valley into San Bernardino County. Along with the 60, the 10 is the main route from L.A. to Riverside County and Palm Springs.
- Glenn Anderson Freeway or the Century Freeway (I-105) is an east/west highway that runs several miles south and parallel to the 10. The 105 is a key route to and from LAX. The 105 begins on its western end at Sepulveda Boulevard on the south side of of LAX and terminates to the east at the 605.
- Golden State Freeway/Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) is the main north/south freeway through Central Los Angeles. I-5 links major California cities like L.A., San Diego and Sacramento. The highway's southern terminus is the U.S.-Mexico border in California and its northern terminus is the U.S.-Canada border in Washington. It’s the only Interstate highway to touch the U.S. borders with both Canada and Mexico. The 5 enters L.A. County from the north as the Golden State Freeway, runs through the eastern San Fernando Valley, and continues south from the East L.A. Interchange as the Santa Ana Freeway.
- LA Metro (main bus system in LA region)
- Metro Rail (Expo Line from Downtown LA to Culver City & Santa Monica)
- Big Blue Bus (operates primarily in Santa Monica & West LA)
- Culver City Bus (routes radiate out of Culver City)
Beach Shuttle Sevice
- Runs during the weekend on summer months
- Most major rental companies are available out of LAX, with regional locations throughout the metro area.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Santa Monica Airport (SMO)
Los Angeles County is associated with the entertainment and digital medial industries. All major film studios have their lots in LA County (Paramount Pictures, 21st Century Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Studio.) Music recording and production is also a major part of the LA County economy. Other industries include, fashion, aerospace and defense, and professional services such as law, medicine, and engineering and design services.
The Westside is known for its top restaurants, high-end shopping, and acclaimed cultural attractions. The affluent Brentwood community includes upscale shops and eateries along Montana Avenue, as well as the world-famous Getty Center, located atop the Santa Monica Mountains. More cultural attractions can be found on Museum Row, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Craft & Folk Art Museum and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. In Century City, the Annenberg Space for Photography features a digital projection gallery and a traditional print exhibit area.
- The Westside Pavilion is a shopping center featuring Nordstrom, Macy's, Landmark Theatres, H&M, Gap Kids and many more stores and restaurants.
- The Grove features a large center park with an animated fountain. The Grove is anchored by Nordstrom and has flagship stores for British fashion chain Topshop/Topman, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. Other stores in the center include Michael Kors, two-story GAP and J.Crew locations, Nike, MAC Cosmetics, COACH, Anthropologie, Barneys New York CO-OP, Kiehl's, and American Girl Place. The Grove's many restaurants include chains like Maggiano's Little Italy and The Cheesecake Factory as well as smaller, local restaurants like Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill, Morels French Steakhouse, The Whisper Lounge, and La Piazza. The Original Farmers Market, located adjacent to The Grove and owned by the A.F. Gilmore Company, features numerous non-chain restaurants that have existed there for sometimes decades. The main entertainment venue is a 14-screen movie theater complex owned by Pacific Theatres. During the Christmas shopping season, fake snow is produced periodically during the night. In mid-November, the Grove Christmas Tree goes up. At 110 feet, it is the tallest Christmas tree in the city of Los Angeles.
- Third Street Promenade is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica, California. It is considered a premier shopping and dining district on the Westside and draws crowds from all over the Greater Los Angeles Area. Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean coupled with Los Angeles's mild climate, it is also a popular tourist destination.It boasts several theatres, including Mann Theatres, AMC Theatres, and Loews Theatres. Third Street Promenade also hosts the largest and oldest certified organic farmers' market each Wednesday and Saturday on Arizona Ave. between 2nd and 4th streets. Street performers and entertainers are a frequent sight on the street. On a typical Saturday night in the summer, singer-songwriters, classical guitar players, magicians, clowns, hip-hop dancers, lounge singers, session drummers, and other artists line up all along Third Street.
- The Beverly Center is a monolithic eight story structure located at the edge of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, California. Premier fashion destination with 100 distinctive specialty boutiques.
CITIES/NEIGHBORHOODS IN WESTSIDE
Bel-Air is a ritzy residential enclave in the verdant foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains.Popular with celebrities and entertainment industry elite, typically older.
The busy Westwood neighborhood encompasses the sprawling UCLA campus and the Westwood Village, a walkable historic commercial district with student-friendly restaurants and shops.
* Bel Air: Old money/ A-list career for years. Mostly producers, A-list actors, behind-the-scenes move-makers type of rich. Located in the hills.
* Westwood: Pricey, but typical LA pricing for a good area. Mostly students renting, more than likely in groups. Some young professionals.
Beverly Hills/Century City
Beverly Hills is a city in California's Los Angeles County. Home to many Hollywood stars, it features the upscale shopping street of Rodeo Drive.
Century City is a 176-acre (71.2 ha) neighborhood and business district in Los Angeles County's Westside. Outside Downtown Los Angeles, Century City is one of the metropolitan area's most prominent employment centers, and its skyscrapers form a distinctive skyline on the Westside.
* Rodeo Drive (BH)
* HBO/FOX Studios (CC)
* Beverly Hills: A well to do, rich, similar to Bel Air, but not in the hills.
* Century City: Mostly a business area. People do not tend to live there, but thousands commute.
Brentwood is a quiet, upscale neighborhood on the Westside.
Pacific Palisades is a coastal neighborhood east of Brentwood. It is am affluent residential neighborhood.
SL Suggestions: If your character lives on or near the beach, this is a good location. Really expensive.
* Getty Museum
Culver City, soaked in movie-making history, features a buzzing dining and nightlife scene, which includes globally inspired eateries, gastropubs and cozy cocktail bars.
* Sony Film Studios
SL Suggestions: It is a newly gentrified are filled with young professionals and industry people - a little nicer on the pockets and also pretty diverse. A very happening location with restaurants and night life (such as bars).
Silicon Beach/(Playa Vista, Playa Del Ray, Marina Del Ray)
Silicon Beach is the Westside region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area that is home to over 500 tech startup companies.
Famous startups with divisions in Silicon Beach:
* YouTube (film site)
* Electronic Arts
SL Suggestions: Very pricey, near the beach. Well-to-do professionals and very tech driven people tend to live here.
Los Angeles' most famous beach, with its Boardwalk famed for its street performers, body builders, and funky shops and vendors. Abbot Kinney Boulevard features foodie hot spots, stylish boutiques and coffee bars.
SL Suggestions: Near the beach, pricey, but a more hipster scene. Gentrified. Trendy area.
Santa Monica is a coastal city west of downtown Los Angeles. Santa Monica Beach is fringed by Palisades Park, with views over the Pacific Ocean.
* Santa Monica Pier
* Third Street Promenande
* Universal Music Group
* Illumination Entertainment
* Lionsgate Films
* Santa Monica College campus
SL Suggestions: Upscale beach side living. More family oriented. Very expensive. A pretty big city within LA.
Home to the famous Sunset Strip and to the largest gay nightlife district in Los Angeles. Also known as WeHo.
SL Suggestions: Very expensive. Up-and-coming entertainers tend to live here. A lot of out-of-state residents, a lot of house/apt sharing and very very trendy. It's the closest to what is portrayed on TV. A lot of nightlife. The epicenter of LA's LGBTQ community
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