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February 26, 2013

Jenny asks…

Moving to Maui from CA….?

Aloha! I am moving to Maui from San Diego and I will be working at the Hyatt. Does anyone know of any good apartment complexes nearby in Lahaina where I can get a studio for $800-$1000/month. Also, are there discount/wholesale furniture stores on the island? I found Inter Island Hotel Furniture, but I cannot tell if the Maui location is still open. I am graduating college and will be moving on a very limited budget. I will need to furnish my studio for around $1500 (full size bed, love seat, coffee table, dresser). Mahalo!

Administrator answers:

Hey Bro, welcome to Maui, ok? Ok, this what I suggest for you rite now, go on Craigslist, go to rooms to rent, check out Lahaina area, you gonna find couple things, studio apts more money than you budget, but you gonna be able to get room with Kitchen privileges, cause you gotta fry some rice, yeah? So, you gonna work Hyatt Regency Kaanapali, great place to work, excellent company too. I predict your gonna love it here, yeah? Eventually you find what you want, but rite now, kinda hard cause lotta guys look for cheap housing, ok?
Peace and aloha to you, and good luck.

Lizzie asks…

I need help choosing the right university?

I am interested in taking criminal justice for csu la and sdsu but I cant decide which college i want to transfer too. can someone tell me which university is best for academic purposes and to have fun as well :) .
I also wanted to know on either location whether its san diego or la, what part of town is somewhat safer and more calm to live in by the university and if theres by any chance studios or one bedroom apartment in the area under $1000 since i dont want to live in dorms.
I would really appriciate your help and advise. THANK YOU. : )
will im use to viloence and lots of crime im always in troubled neighborhoods and i can defend myself but while im studying and goin to college i want to try something new and how it feels being in a calmer place

Administrator answers:

I am not aware that either school offers a criminal justice major. SDSU is much better for academics and a safer location.

CSU Dominguez Hills offers a major in criminal justice studies. Many people would not like to live in its neigborhood.

If you want to work in criminal justice, you need to get used to not very safe neighborhoods. You will probably be in one every working day.

Sharon asks…

NYC Editor or California Real Estate Agent?

I’m in high school, and I’m trying to narrow down my career path and college list. Basically, I’m undecided between these two lifestyles:

For the first one, I’d go to NYU or Eugene Lang, and study communications. Ideally, I would work for a newspaper or magazine as a copy editor, and climb the corporate ladder there. Or, with the same degree, I could work in television and ideally become a producer. Money would be tighter in this path, so I’d probably live in a small studio in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Plus, NYU is majorly expensive.

For the second choice, I’d move to San Diego and go to San Diego State for a degree in real estate. I would work as a real estate agent, and save money to start flipping houses. Eventually, I’d open my own brokerage and develop properties. I’d live in a small house or apartment, and then move up to a larger house in La Jolla or Encinitas. My main concern with this plan is that this career is not very creative, and it might feel like I’m settling.

I know the choice is mine in the end, but I’m stymied. Does anyone work in these fields, or live in either place, or just have experience with difficult choices? Anything you’ve got is helpful. Thanks!

Administrator answers:

Both of the career paths you mention are from the past: The magazine publishing business is in financial trouble and the idea of flipping houses basically went out with the mortgage crises that preceded the current recession.

This is why it is not reasonable to make plans like this so far in advance. Lots of things about the economy will change by the time you are out of college. Moreover, YOU will change, just by virtue of GOING to college.

My advice is – go to college, and major in what you are really interested in right now. Pick a school you will be happy in while IN college. Then let the future take care of itself. When you are a senior in college you’ll have a far better idea of what is right for you AND for the economy at that time.

Good luck.

Nancy asks…

Where in Southern California should I move to?

I currently live about 20 miles south of Seattle (WA), and I’ve finally decided that I would like to move down to Southern California. I live in a decent (but small – 500 sq ft) apartment that I pay $675 for per month (that includes a base price for water, sewage, and garbage). At my current job my salary prior to taxes is 25k annually (I’m only 19). So I live a pretty decent lifestyle; I go out to eat a lot, I’m able to shop and whatnot without going broke.

I’m looking to move to Southern California sometime within the next year or two, but I have no idea where would be a good fit for me. I want to live in the best weather possible – the warmer the better, and I want there to be plenty of shopping and eating options. Living near the beach would be a plus, but I understand that its also way more expensive. I need somewhere affordable yet safe for a young girl such as myself.

I have a car, but I’ll be willing to purchase a bike once I’m there in order to save money on gas, so I’d like all the necessities (maybe even my new place of work) to be easily accessible via bike. I have a few possibilities for living situations that range from being by myself in a studio or one bedroom (alone, I don’t really care which as I don’t need much space), or sharing a two bedroom with a friend.

Because I’m not from California, I really don’t know much about affordability and whatnot for the area. I’ve done a bit of searching around for the following cities as possibilities, but I’m open to anything in the general area of them: LA, San Diego, Hollywood, Oceanside, Long Beach, Pasadena, etc. I don’t want to go north of LA. Suggestions please? The more detailed, the better.

Administrator answers:

Our wages in the LA area are not much more, if at all, compared to other cities where expenses are much less, and rents are half or less than in LA. But the cost of living in the Seattle area is similar to LA, except in housing. Except I don’t know anyone in LA that can go out a lot to eat on $25,000 a year, it is literally a starving student budget here. Maybe the differences are wider than reported, or it’s just the difference in housing costs. Our job situation here is very bad, find a job here before moving.

The low end for a studio in LA is $800, and you might not like what that gets you. You won’t likely find a legit situation that is less expensive, the reason is that Section 8 vouchers (welfare housing help for the most needy) are for about $900 for a studio, and $1200 for a one bedroom. Of course, these apartments tend to be in the least desirable areas, so apartments in nice, safe areas cost more. There is a lot more inventory in ok areas for $1000 for a studio, and $1500 for a one bedroom, add $500 more for the Westside, and $500 on top of that for decent close to the beach. This is not for fancy apartments with lots of amenities. Rents are going up in LA. As people were foreclosed on, there is more competition for apartments.

Be careful, there are lots of scams, Google: Los Angeles rental scams, and rental scams.

Almost anywhere in the LA area you’ll find everything you need, but it’s so spread out. Hollywood is high crime and mostly scuzzy, and expensive for what it is. I grew up there, I love it, but I don’t live there anymore. Pasadena has a wide variety of living options at ok prices, it’s about 1/2 hour from the beach, more in traffic. You might look into Sierra Madre (adorable small town on the east border of north east Pasadena), South Pasadena (small town, safe, but can be expensive), LaCanada-Flintridge (not many apartments, safe area), La Crescenta-Montrose, and Glendale, too.

LA safety info:
More info:

It is very dangerous to bike in LA, even walking is dangerous – even in the most upscale, safest, small town areas with a stroller. Ugh. Roommates = hassles. What are you going to do when they run up $300+ a month in electric bills over the summer for air conditioning, and expect you to pay half, when you would have been happy with $50 worth? When their friends eat/drink/use/steal your stuff?

You should wait until you’re 21 to consider moving here, most landlords in LA don’t like to rent to under 21′s, too many problems with underage drinking, etc.

Good luck!

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