I am in Glendale, CA and have had the same problems today. None of the mobile apps work, the stock quotes don't load, texting is no bueno. Calls seem to work fine, but nothing else.
I just tested several of my apps (weather, banking, MyVerizon) and all seem to work. Just texted my daughter (also on Verizon, my BB to her iPhone) and all is well - we exchanged a couple of texts back and forth. So maybe a local outage? Hopefully it will be a short one.
All I know is that if my smartphone is down, I am losing money. Zero information about when service will be restored. This is turning into a RIM problem. Can't access e-mails or mobile apps. If it's not fixed tomorrow, I'll have to look for a new provider. #lame