I might be moving to LA for work at the end of summer. I'm currently trying to find out what area to live in. I've never been to LA (or any other part of California, for that matter), so I have no idea where anything is. I'll need to be within about 30-45 minutes of LAX (I'll be doing a lot of traveling). I'd also prefer to be near the beach. How close (or far) is LAX from the beach? Is traffic really as horrible as they say? I feel like I'm used to traffic here: it takes me 45 minutes to get to work, even though distance-wise its really only 15 minutes away.