We're coming to LA for SIGGRAPH! I've opened this thread to collaborate with the community on making it happen.
First of all, we should pick a cool spot, in the general area of the Los Angeles Convention Center (see map below). Capacity: 25-40 people, and there should be catering (drinks + snacks). We should scout it and have a talk to the owner about the event, find out costs etc.
Typically I do meetups in bars (which can be noisy), company meeting spaces (great facilities like wifi and projectors, usually no drinks etc), or co-working spaces (this seems to be the best of both worlds).
Anyone who knows the area and would like to help, feel free to contribute!