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Caught speeding 111 Mph (179 km/h) in California. How can I settle the case with the court?

While speeding, normally an infraction, often does not require a court appearance, you were driving 111mph, which is sometimes considered Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor, a more serious charge, hence ...
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Airbnb housing gone electrifyingly bad

Contact AirBnB support directly, do not wait. Ask them to help you move to another apartment. Also ask for compensation. Anecdotal: There was a major water problem at an apartment my parents rented ...
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Why are California freeway exits painted with disconnected shoulder lines?

This peculiarity on Californian highways is even mentioned on Wikipedia. The purpose is to easier see that an exit is approaching when driving in foggy conditions. The interruption of the road ...
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As a tourist, can I try firearms in California?

There are both legal and practical issues related to possessing a firearm in the United States for nonimmigrant aliens (visitors from other countries who are not attempting to migrate to the United ...
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Caught speeding 111 Mph (179 km/h) in California. How can I settle the case with the court?

The "speeding in excess of 100mph" charge, CVC 22348(b), is a civil infraction. We do not issue arrest warrants for those. However, failure to appear (CVC 40508) is a crime, and this charge will ...
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In California, is it always legal to drive with your car headlight on?

Yes, it is absolutely legal to drive with your low-beam headlights on at any time. High-beam headlights must not be used when there is approaching traffic (within 500 feet), or when you are following ...
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Why are California freeway exits painted with disconnected shoulder lines?

As already correctly pointed out here, the "before exit" line breaks are intended to visually warn drivers of upcoming exits in cases of heavy fog. It is a drastic break that is intended to ...
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Why must hotel customers check out after a stay longer than a rather low number of days in the United States?

This appears to be related to the COVID eviction moratorium: [I]t is critical to protect tenants and residents of traditional dwellings from homelessness, as well as those who have lawfully occupied ...
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Can I make a leisure trip to California (vacation) in the current covid-19 situation as of 2021, will my quarantine be monitored?

No. You legally cannot do this right now As of today, San Diego is under a regional stay-at-home order, which means that travelers must quarantine after arrival before they go anywhere else in the ...
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Why must hotel customers check out after a stay longer than a rather low number of days in the United States?

Because hotels are in the short-term rentals business. If they let you stay too long, they risk turning into a landlord as some states will consider you to be a tenant after only 30 days. Becoming a ...
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Is the Golden Gate Bridge toll fee indicated before entering the bridge?

First, there's a "LAST EXIT BEFORE TOLL" sign alerting you that you have 1/2 mile to exit before the toll. Then, there's a sign advising you to call 511 for "travel info" and "toll info." Not a ...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

Saguaro cactus are native specifically to the Sonoran desert. This photo outlines where the Sonoran desert is located. According to this TripAdvisor thread, you will not see them 20 minutes north of ...
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Caught speeding 111 Mph (179 km/h) in California. How can I settle the case with the court?

I got ticketed for doing 120 MPH in a 75 MPH zone. Except for the speed, everything else was safe; clear day, mostly empty interstate road, no lane change etc.. The cop who ticketed me was sympathetic ...
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Is there any road between the CA State Route 120 and Sherman Pass Road (Forest Route 22S0) that crosses Yosemite/Serria/Sequoia National Park/Forest?

No. There is no transverse (east/west) road across the Southern Sierra Nevada between CA120 and Sherman Pass Road. There is a lot of space there, but it's very rugged. Roads run up into the mountains ...
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What is San Francisco's most famous church?

You have named some of the finest such buildings in the world. San Francisco has some attractive religious institutions to be sure, but nothing I would consider truly world class or on the same scale ...
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Do Californians need a REAL ID by October 2018 or 2020?

Short answer: October 2020—assuming CA meets certain goals by 10/10/2018 October 18, 2018 is a deadline for California, as a state, to become "compliant" with the Real ID act. If this ...
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What are the name and purpose of this domed building in Los Angeles?

That's Griffith Observatory! It's an astronomical observatory, planetarium and museum in the midst of Griffith Park. The land plus the money for the observatory came from Griffith J. Griffith. ...
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Acceptable terms for describing black people in California

Black vs African-American (and in written English, Black vs black) is a complicated language and cultural question without clear answers. Entire books can and have been written on the subject. This ...
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As a tourist, can I try firearms in California?

There are plenty of ranges nearby in Nevada that you can try. They are popular with European tourists. Locals would probably find them rather expensive. There are definitely also some in the Los ...
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Why are there California border crossing checkpoints that don't seem to do anything?

It's a California agricultural inspection checkpoint. You can read an FAQ about who they are and what they're doing: WHAT ARE YOUR INSPECTORS LOOKING FOR? Our inspectors check vehicles and ...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

You can find Saguaro in South Mountain Park on the south side of Phoenix. Here's a screenshot from Google Street View showing a couple:
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Foreign driver gets a ticket in my car

If you get a real ticket with the court's information (rather than a so-called "snitch ticket" from the camera company), you should plead not guilty by reason of identity mismatch. You ...
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Is camping still permitted in Zzyzx?

Well here is the straight scoop from the guy who has lived here and run the place for 31 years. National Park Service regulations state that there is no road-side camping along Zzyzx Road, nor at our ...
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Measuring my options to reach the SF airport

San Francisco Airport-bound BART trains leave from all San Francisco BART stations and go to the airport without a change of train. It's a good idea to check the schedule, as trains may only run every ...
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Can I make a leisure trip to California (vacation) in the current covid-19 situation as of 2021, will my quarantine be monitored?

My question is, can I take a leisure travel to california by Air out of state? It's not illegal so you can. I'm not sure what type of "leisure" you are looking for though. Pretty much ...
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I am a dual citizen of United States and Mexico, can I use my Mexican license in california when visiting?

Yes, in general you can use your Mexican license as long as you do not become a resident of California: If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver license (DL) from your home ...
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Which left turn light do I follow in this California intersection?

Use the light that corresponds to your left turning lane based on the sign beside the light: Or, to answer the question more precisely, you can use either light - they indicate the same cycle. The ...
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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from San Francisco to Canada in 3 months?

This will most depend on your own pace, so this is hard to predict. However, on Wikipedia we can find that the PCT association recommends 6 to 8 months for the entire trail. Starting near San ...
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Measuring my options to reach the SF airport

So, I'll preface and say that if all else fails, just ask someone, like the staff at your hotel or someone on the street. People will generally be very helpful. That said, here's a station map of the ...
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Motel on Route 66 in California, 1963

TL;DR: Flagstaff, Arizona When I asked this question, nearly two years ago, the above answer would have been good enough. But since we're now operating in the Covid Standard Time zone, I've spent far ...
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