I'm really sorry. Guess you've moved and made your decision. Everyone has "nice' things to say. I, too, was born and raised my own kids in West LA/Santa Monica. I was at my sons in SLO, on the computer, searching for LA places that I could afford, under $1200 (on Disability/Medicare) which would be a single or bachelor (after coming from a couple-ship where we shared a 2500 home over Puget Sound)........>
My son was getting tired of his Mom quietly staying with him (I made myself "small" :-) and said "when I get home later, please get someplace. So, I did. What popped up and was available. It is in SLO (I've only been here a month and It's July 2014. Now, my God, I see that I'm on a little farm which surely used chemicals (which I am deathly sensitive to), dirt everywhere - no asphalt or landscaping. And I have not met one friend. I'm very bright, communicative, (maybe sound disillusioned here) but absolutely STARVING for LA and all the cultural and ethnic diversity it has to offer. I find really nothing to do here (I don't drink) except for ride my bike and climb hills. I used to go to Opera and Ballet, even in Seattle.
I'm 57, and grown sons. Very very very frustrated. Will continue looking in LA.... more
If you are coming from a large city, i.e.: San Diego or Los Angeles, unfortunately you'll find it sorely lacking. The exception being orthopedic specialists which seem to proliferate here in San Luis Obispo County. And, while there are quite a few good orthopedists, many of the other needed specialists are nominal at best. In fact, this is one of the largest drawbacks to this region. Doctors are reimbursed at rural rates, which are less then non-rural areas. Get it? Carefully way out your required (and expected) health care needs before moving here.... more