Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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I'm located in Santa Barbara and do work as far south as Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Valencia, Malibu, etc. but tend not to get into or beyond LA.
I've had some involvement with a couple shops in your area, but would not recommend either one.
There are tons of custom installers near you, so should be easy to get an initial meeting with several to see if you find one that seems to be a good match to work with. If you already have a specific system(s) in mind (Crestron, AMX, Lutron, Niles, etc.) try giving the manufacturer a call and asking for a referral. They tend to know the dealers/installers that they have good relationships with.
I'll also email someone I know that may have a lead for you... if it pans out, I'll PM you with info.