USCG Base Los Angeles / Long Beach
Sector LA/LB, Station LA/LB, Aids to Navigation Team LA/LB,
MSST 91103, PSU 311, CGC George Cobb,
CGIS Pacific Region DET, PADET LA/LB
1001 S. Seaside Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731
In Los Angeles, the summers are warm, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 48°F to 85°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 93°F.
The warm season lasts for 2.9 months, from July 1 to September 30, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is August 25, with an average high of 85°F and low of 66°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.9 months, from November 26 to March 23, with an average daily high temperature below 70°F. The coldest day of the year is December 25, with an average low of 48°F and high of 67°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.3 months, from November 22 to March 30, with a greater than 10% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 21% on February 19.
The drier season lasts 7.7 months, from March 30 to November 22. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 2.
Cost of Living
Residents in Los Angeles, CA enjoy a cost of living index of 146. This index is 6% higher than the California average, and 46% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Los Angeles, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in California, and it is 9% higher than the national average.
Getting to Know the Area
Los Angeles is a city that is impossible to define. Whether you’re talking about the limitless sprawl of districts and suburbs or the jolting contrast between sun-baked hills and soft beaches, the high culture of its art institutions or the rip-roaring fun of its theme parks, Los Angeles is not easy categorized. You could spend days buried in superior museums without ever seeing Hollywood, or devote a whole trip to nothing but studio tours and pilgrimages to share-worthy places from TV and movies. Or you might want to go deeper, and hunt down the best taco truck or discover the next big comedy talent to come out of Silver Lake or Echo Park.
“Walkable” isn’t a word that comes to mind when you think of Los Angeles, but there’s ample opportunity for exercise on scenic hikes in the Hollywood Hills or leisurely bike rides along that string of sandy beaches.
Put up in 1923 and originally spelling “Hollywoodland” – a real estate development – the unmistakeable Hollywood Sign was only supposed to last for 18 months. The arrival of the Golden Age of Hollywood changed all that, and the sign has remained on Mount Lee in Griffith Park ever since, and dropping “land” in 1949. This landmark was rebuilt in steel in 1978 and was last repainted in 2005. One of the easiest vantage points in the basin is the raised patio on the north-east corner of the Hollywood & Highland Center Mall, and there’s another atop the Home Depot parking garage on Sunset Boulevard. You can go in for an up-close look on a hike at Griffith Park, or park up at Lake Hollywood Park and admire the sign across the canyon.
The largest art museum in the western United States, and one of the largest museums of any description in the country, LACMA on Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile is in a mishmash of seven buildings on a 20-acre site. The collections are mind-bendingly vast, covering all ends of the earth and from the ancient times to the present. For the smallest summary there are inventories of Greek, Roman And Etruscan art, American and Latin American art, modern and contemporary art, Islamic art, Asian art, decorative arts, photography and film as well as eye-catching permanent art installations. If all this leaves you overwhelmed there are some works that you can’t leave without seeing, like Diego Rivera’s Portrait of Frida Kahlo (1939), Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio by David Hockney (1980), Titian’s Portrait of Jacopo (1532), The Swineherd by Paul Gauguin (1888) and Chris Burden Urban Light installation at the Wilshire Boulevard entrance.
An eccentric neighborhood and seaside resort, the world-famous Venice is Los Angeles at its most cosmopolitan and independent. Although gentrification has crept in, the 2.5-mile Venice Beach Boardwalk is still prowled by outlandish characters, and teems with tattoo shops, international cuisine, countless street vendors and a big cast of street performers. The skate plaza and Venice Muscle Beach are two world-famous signatures, as is the snaking Strand trail on the cusp of the massive sandy beach with its constant stream of cyclists and skaters. Seek-out the historic arcaded buildings, harking back to the original development at the start of the 20th century when tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney created his own version of Italy’s Venice. The boardwalk is the second most-visited place in Southern California, but will never feel oppressive thanks to the wide-open expanse of sandy beach and the grassy foreshore.