SoCal CSR Forum

WELCOME TO THE SOCAL CSR FORUM! A place to discuss California-specific or SoCal-specific topics. And, of course, some not-so-specific topics.

Location: Southern California
Members: 198
Latest Activity: Feb 22

Occasional SoCal CSR Outings:

To receive invitations to the Occasional SoCal CSR Outings, email me at The several we've had so far have been a lot of fun. Different people come all the time. Networking is really worthwhile in our stressful job. It's amazing how many supportive, helpful people we have in our profession. That's why getting out and meeting other reporters is so important. All are welcome.

Occasional SoCal CSR Outing info

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Below are some major discussions going on in this group. If you don't find one that applies to you, feel free to start your own.
Downtown LA
File transfer sites
Funny stuff
Grammar and punctuation
Minimum Transcript Standards
Page rates
Products we love
Reference sites
Reporter forums, blogs, and sites
Traffic (LA)
Weather (LA)

Discussion Forum

PAGE RATES 18 Replies

Do you freelance for lots of agencies? Do you always ask for the page rates up front? What page rates are others getting? How different is LA from OC from San Francisco from San Diego? What's the…Continue

Tags: fees, per diem, rates, page rates

Started by Marla Sharp. Last reply by Gail Berardino Jan 5, 2018.

Readback 9 Replies

If you are asked to read a question back, but the witness or other counsel interrupted several times, do you always have to read back those interruptions? The other day I decided to omit those…Continue

Tags: newbie, readback

Started by Sharla Preciado. Last reply by kathy - iamwrdsmth Sep 3, 2016.

EARTHQUAKE!!!!! 1 Reply

Earthquake news - So it seems there was an earthquake last…Continue

Tags: earthquake, weather, Southern California

Started by Kyung. Last reply by Kyung Aug 8, 2012.

Stanley Mosk - 111 North Hill - LA Superior Court 3 Replies

The place to go to take bankruptcy exams.Parking is across the street. Lot is $20.Department 1A is on the 5th floor. Don't ask me why. Room 542 is the "offices", and Room 548 is the actual…Continue

Tags: Los Angeles, getting around

Started by Kyung. Last reply by Diana Van Dyke Jan 13, 2010.

Downtown Los Angeles 7 Replies

I thought it might be handy to have a discussion we could all reference back when we needed about downtown LA, the ins and outs, crazy buildings, parking structures and prices etc.For example, the…Continue

Tags: restaurants, los angeles, buildings, parking, downtown

Started by Marla Sharp. Last reply by Cindy L.A. Nov 29, 2009.

Funny Stuff 1 Reply

Have anything funny to share about your neighborhood or LA or Southern California? Share with the class and post it here.

Started by Marla Sharp. Last reply by Marla Sharp Oct 15, 2009.

Buildings that are not reporter friendly 6 Replies

Well, today, I had to haull everything up a flight of steps. Bleh.405 Broadway, Santa Ana, CA - wear your flats.Continue

Tags: walking, stairs, load

Started by Kyung. Last reply by Marge Teilhaber (TILE hobber) Sep 23, 2009.

Santee Alley 7 Replies

Mama needs a new bag. I hear this is a good place to go. If you've been, please share your experience. Any tips?I hear the bacon-wrapped dogs are good.Continue

Tags: shopping

Started by Kyung. Last reply by Kyung Sep 20, 2009.

yousendit 2 Replies

this service is not free, there is a 14-day free trial,but then there is a payment schedule.I could not get the links to the "plans" to open orthe link for "occasional user"kathyContinue

Started by kathy - iamwrdsmth. Last reply by kathy - iamwrdsmth Sep 19, 2009.

If it's not one thing, it's another - Blackouts 1 Reply

So we had a little blackout last night. Just long enough to realize we don't know where anything is - no cancdles, no matches, no flashlights.I was walking around last night w/my laptop on and using…Continue

Tags: blackouts

Started by Kyung. Last reply by Vesna Walter Aug 29, 2009.

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Comment by Tom Brown on September 1, 2016 at 8:32

looking for onsite CART  providers in the San Diego area.

Must be local to the greater San Diego area, sorry, no remote, onsite only.

Contact if interested

Comment by Kyung on December 6, 2009 at 20:08
Yeah. You don't. I guess as a Federal reporter you can work in every state. You do have to have your RPR or something, I'm not sure of the details.
Comment by Christine (Steno Nerd) on December 6, 2009 at 19:03
Thanks, Marla & Vesna!

I'll email Connie now... :)
Comment by Marla Sharp on December 6, 2009 at 18:32
You can always call or email the California Court Reporters Board.
(916) 263-3660

Better to go to the source than rely on conjecture or speculation, right? Connie is really nice and very helpful.
Comment by Vesna Walter on December 6, 2009 at 18:32
I was gonna say I remember something about bankruptcy court w/o a CSR?
Comment by Christine (Steno Nerd) on December 6, 2009 at 18:18
Really, Kyung??? Do tell!!!

Thanks! :)
Comment by Kyung on December 6, 2009 at 18:14
You know, you don't technically have to have a license to work in the Federal Court system either.
Comment by Christine (Steno Nerd) on December 6, 2009 at 17:57
Thanks so much, Vesna & Marla!

Yeah, if anyone knows what kind of work you can do in California without a CSR license, I'd appreciate it if you can share the knowledge! :)

Another (similar) question: Are you able to be a CART/broadcast captioner without a CSR in California? You just need to actually be able to write at those high speeds pretty accurately? Right?

Thanks again! :)
Comment by Vesna Walter on December 6, 2009 at 17:47
Pretty sure you can do public hearings.
Comment by Marla Sharp on December 6, 2009 at 17:45
Yes, you have to have a current California CSR license to report in California. That's not a stupid question at all. All states seem to be different. I'm from Ohio where you don't need a license, nor was one available to be taken when I lived there. And I recently found out you can work in Oregon without a license, though a license is available.

've heard that there are some hearings you can report here in California without a license. For the life of me, I can't remember what kinds of hearings those are. Hopefully someone will post that answer on here.

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