Word! I'm interested to see what you're building. I only work in the valley but am there enough I feel like I belong. But I agree with what trilobyte said; get something going with or without la regional. I know I want to meet more of my bm neighbors, sure others do too. How about a meetup/ mixer/ work-on-artcar party every couple weeks?
I cant really weld worth a crap (maybe practice a little on some out of view parts) but I'm mechanically and electrically apt.
I know enough to know I don't know shit. I just wish more people knew that much.