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The 411 on L.A.

February 29, 1996

Mispronouncing the name of that beach town near Santa Babs is a sure-fire way to broadcast that you are not a local. It's Car-pin-te-REE-a, not Car-pin-TEER-i-a. And ix-nay on the Santa Babs. We're formal 'round these parts. It's Barbara.

Call it Essential Advice--the stuff newcomers need to know upon arriving in L.A. We invite you to share your two cents for an upcoming story. It can be your favorite restaurant or your favorite freeway shortcut.

Send to Essential Advice, Life & Style, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053. Include a daytime telephone number. Or fax: (213) 237-4888. No phone calls, please.

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