All-Star messengers have a talent for making deliveries quickly, beating the clock and making deadlines that seem impossible to make. However, they have proven on numerous occasions to be unreliable. Messengers have sometimes not shown up, or documents ordered simply haven?t been retrieved. They are most undependable when it comes to process service; they aren?t the most tenacious of servers and if they have problems with service, they are slow to inform the client and get further instruction. For your simple messenger needs, All-Star will suffice, but for really important things you might want someone more dependable.
First Legal tends to be extremely reliable when it comes to messenger service and document retrieval. Their staff are very good about keeping the client informed as to the status of the order, giving courtesy calls to update as news develops. The turnaround time on retrieval projects is usually faster than estimated, and they are good at following special instructions (such as having documents faxed rather than merely delivered). First Legal is a good place to go when you have urgent, important legal needs.
U.S. Legal has always had a stellar record of providing punctual, dependable, capable court reporters. The reporters are always professional and generally turn in an exemplary transcript. They are quite adept at meeting special needs, such as rough transcripts emailed to the client, or translators and videographers scheduled. The thing that makes U.S. Legal stand out from the competition, however, is their ability to provide last-minute court reporting service. They go the extra mile for the client, doing everything possible to accommodate even the most urgent and/or logistically difficult of needs.
Esquire used to be a very reliable service, but in recent years the dependability just hasn?t been there. Rumour has it that this is due to a large exodus of quality employees leaving the company. The difference is remarkable. Before, Esquire could be counted on to not only provide a court reporter at any scheduled time, but also to accommodate a client?s last minute needs for a reporter. Now, it seems that even getting the most basic of reporting needs is a crapshoot. Their prices are not competitive enough to make up for such undependableness.
Uniscribe can be quite competent most of the time, but sometimes they drop the ball and when they do it?s usually catastrophically bad. For example, once they did a job where they had to make two copies of 22 different video tapes. They made the copies just fine, but they forgot to label the copies. The client spent hours watching each tape in order to match up the copies with the originals. Mistakes like that are simply unacceptable, which is why Uniscribe should be avoided in favour of other services that have better track records.
Whitmont is an exceptionally professional company. The quality of their copy work is top-notch, and they are very efficient, generally returning your copies to you faster than you?d expect. Their staff is professional and friendly, and quite helpful. They go to great lengths to please the client, and they recognize the value of buttering up clients with small gifts and other perks. But none of this is meant to detract from their actual work, which is pretty much flawless.
L.A. Reprographics provides quality copy work at very competitive prices. However, their biggest strength is probably speed. They can manage large, complex jobs in short amounts of time, and often wind up beating their time estimates. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they take great care to make sure that they get their instructions correctly. Their deposition officer services leave a lot to be desired, but for copying jobs they are quite competent.
For a long time, I had no problems with this service. But in the last year, I have had a couple of significant problems with orders not being picked up or delivered properly, and the mistakes made seemed to indicate a complete lack of concern or basic intelligence on the part of the employees dealing with the orders. The employees I deal with on the phone, particularly John, are usually quite competent and efficient, but the people who pick up the orders from the office are not particularly friendly or professional. Two alternate messenger services that have been recommended to me, but which I have not yet used, are Magnum Courier Service and All Star Messenger Service. You may want to give them a try.
Ambala Dhaba has a nice straw hut themed interior (it will make sense when you see it), nice wrought-iron tables (and some booths, I think), and lowish lighting with candles on the tables, making it a nice place to take a date, especially if you are a college student on a budget at UCLA. The downside is that the portions are on the small side, rice costs extra, and the food isn't that impressive. If you are not a hard-core Indian food junkie like me though, you will probably be quite satisfied with the food. The restaurant can be noisy at times because they use a blender to make certain drinks.
Blue Marlin has an aquatic themed painted ceiling, but it looks nice enough to avoid being cheesy. The tables aren't crammed together here are they are in so many other Los Angeles restaurants. The service is friendly and the prices are reasonable. The salad dressing (a sweet miso dressing, I think) is addictive and delicious. I really like the scallop curry risotto. They also serve many other curry dishes, Japanese spaghetti, and an assortment of meat dishes. They are quite proud of their free-range Jidori chicken, but I didn't think it was particularly good--it was actually kind of gristly. Maybe that's how natural chicken is, and I just don't know it!