Watch TV and movies, and you'll see a varied bunch of LA locales.
There's the glamorous surfer beaches, Tarantino style kitsch, ultra-chic playboy lifestyles, hip-hop ghettos, red carpet events and smog filled highways.
Fans of 24 will also recall lots of disused warehouses and freight railways tracks, where Jack kills terrorists and corrupt government officials.
I'm in that part of LA. View from my hotel.