I didn't read the original message asking for help,
but I do live in Los Angeles, and I research ideas for
a travel show. Let me know what part of Southern
California --(San Diego? Balboa Square, famous Del
Coronado hotel) or the beaches of Santa Monica,
Malibu, and Venice or the grit of Hollywood Boulevard
and Universal Citywalk. Personally, I love the beach!
My main comment would be KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING
FIRST - no one in California knows where anything else
is, and if you get lost, it's not always in the best
Anyway, let me know what you are looking for.