Crisis on the Westside

I live on the Eastside, so I am bound by duty and honor to hate on the Westside. It’s nothing personal, but you suck. Sorry.

In today’s Los Angeles Times, I read that the 310 area code may be broken up, and a shiny new area code — 424 — will come to the area, much the same way that 323 came to the 213 a few years ago.

Phone providers and the California Public Utilities Commission insist that cellphones, fax machines, Blackberries, ATM and home computer modems are quickly devouring 310 numbers.

Big deal, right? I mean, if an area runs out of numbers, they’ll need a new area code to keep up, right? Try telling that to whiny concerned Westsiders:

“It’s a cultural thing,” said Vonage spokeswoman Brooke Schulz. “If you are an actor or an agent, you want to have a 310, because 310 is synonymous with the area of Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills รณ all these places that have cachet in Los Angeles. When you have that 310 number, it says something about you.”

Yep, it sure does.

. . . EastSIDE!

7 thoughts on “Crisis on the Westside”

  1. Word. East side represent, yo.

    I remember hearing this from a friend of mine once. Some snooty guy he knew in L.A. told him to only go to restaurants, clubs, etc. that have a 310 area code. According to him, 323 was “trashy”.

    I love being trashy.

  2. I’m reminded of that great rivalry between San Francisco and Los Angeles that you hear about in SF, but nobody knows about in LA.

    Please don’t hate me because I’m rich an beautiful.

  3. Dang, I remember when it was all 213 as far as the eye could see. And when 818 came it seemed appropriate given the differences between life on this side of the mountains and that side. Since then, 310 may have manifested a certain cachet, but I’m proud to be back in 213’s little island in the sea of 323.

  4. Of course there’s that conversation in “Swingers” about the preference in area codes when it comes to women as well.

  5. I think the sound of a 424 area code sounds pretty sweet and futuristic.

    Yeah, when I first moved to LA I was warned to never move east of La Brea… I now proudly live in 323 Hollywood… but my cel phone remains 310.

  6. 562 used to be 310, but I guess we weren’t cool enough to stay 310.

    That said, I have a 310 cell phone number, even though I don’t live there, but only because I was the first or second among my friends to get a cell phone, and I wanted it to be a local call for them.

  7. This whole area code thing…I mean really? C’mon! You got the same thing down here in the OC with 714 and 949. Don’t EVER confuse the 2 or the 949-er will bite yer head off!

    PS I grew up on the east side of the valley sooo…..EASTside REPREZENT! (was that to ghetto?? sorry)

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