This is LA's main gay book store, located (of course) in the middle of West Hollywood. I think it's a great place to browse for both fiction and non-fiction. If you are looking for a specific title, it might be easier to order it online, though; I found it a bit less organized than other bookstores. For being a relatively small store it actually has quite a large selection of books and magazines. I like going there because I always find something fun to read and the staff are pretty friendly.
The Farmer's Market in Westwood Village is held on Thursday afternoons. Vendors from all over the west side come to sell fresh produce, bread, flowers etc. As most farmers markets, it's a bit more expensive than going to the grocery store, but the food is sooo delicious. I recommend getting fresh strawberries and authentic german bread here!
The MTA offers bus and some light rail service throughout the LA area. Compared to some of the other bus lines on the west side, their tickets at $1.35 are more expensive. Also, they don't offer transfers anymore, you have to buy a "day pass" for $3.
Drivers don't announce the stops - what's up with that!? At least the newer buses have built in automatic announcements.
Overall, you can get anywhere you want at affordable prices, just don't be in a hurry.
The Twin Peaks Hotel is one of the cheapest accommodations in the area. We paid $59 per night for a room with a queen size bed. The room got really hot during the day and there's no AC/fan. We just happened to go on one of the hottest weekends in SF - it usually doesn't get that warm there, so it's understandable that they aren't prepared to deal with that. The room was very clean. If you get one that faces Market Street it's kinda loud at night. For the location this is the best deal I've found and I'm definitely going back.
The UCLA Medical Center is a huge complex including multiple offices across West LA. I stayed at the main hospital in Westwood twice this year. Waiting times at the ER were pretty bad for me the first time I went. Also, waiting till a bed opens up in the hospital took very long, only to find out upstairs that there were tons of free beds. The care is decent, nothing outstanding, and since there are a lot of med students learning there I got a lot of "wow I've never seen anything like this before" in the ER. Not exactly what you want to hear.
Overall, it's a decent hospital, but if this is really the best hospital in the western US (so they claim), then that doesn't really speak well about healthcare here.
Even though it's called "the guitar center", that's not all they sell. They have a great selection of keyboards, drums, some other music equipment. They also have tons of musical scores for all kinds of instruments. The staff is friendly and helpful. It's a bit loud at times for my taste, but then, it is a music store.
I have used this business for years now when printing T-shirts for a campus wide conference at UCLA. I am always impressed by how helpful the staff is and how easy the transactions are. I go in with the artwork on CD, they copy it on their machines right there and check that they can view everything without problems, then 2 or 3 days later you get the proof and once it's approved, another 2 or 3 days later they ship out the shirts. And they're cheaper than some of their competitors at about $7 per custom printed Haines Beefy T.
I love going here. No matter what I need, they have it! Their selection is unbeatable. At the same time, they're not as large and impersonal as, say, Home Depot. It's still more of a "neighborhood store" feel. The staff is friendly. Also, exchanges are unproblematic - I once exchanged the same type of item twice within a few minutes and the CSR just smiled at me when I came back!
I loved going to the Oakland SPCA when I was looking to get cats. Their facilities are very nice and you can tell that the staff is really into working with animals. When I was looking for kittens they led me to a room that had about 10 of them to play with them for a little bit and see which ones I liked. Almost immediately one of them came to sit in my lap and another wanted to play with me... they must get treated very well to be so trusting and friendly with people. Needless to say I took them both home! :)
SFSU is one of the better Cal State campuses. The Cal State system is one of the two public university systems in California (University of California being the other). The level of undergrads here is often barely higher than at a community college. For grad school, they only offer master's degrees (no PhDs). A lot of the older faculty aren't actively doing any research at all although I think there has been a push lately to require new faculty to do some. The campus looks ok, nothing spectacular, although whoever came up with the design for the student union... oh well! Also, it's near Daly City "where the sun never shines", so it can get kinda depressing when it's raining or overcast most of the year.