First off, thanks for your thoughtful comments. I have gone through the winterization threads and they are helpful but I wonder how much of it is applicable in Southern California.
Right now I seem to have gathered the following:
1. Fill the tank, add fuel stabilizer, and drain the carbs by closing the petcock and running the engine until it dies.
2. Disconnect the battery.
3. Elevating the bike on stands. I may not be away long enough for this, but it seems like a good time as any to get a set of stands anyway.
And I have the following related questions:
1. At least one person complained that running the engine until it dies, per the owner's manual, killed the fuel pump. Does this seem to be a common issue?
2. If the battery dies while I am away, can I jump the battery with jumper cables connected to my car battery?
These are rather practical concerns as I would not like to spend too much time winterizing/dewinterizing for the short durations that I'll be home. I think my idea of having someone start it up occasionally is DOA, because you guys say don't do it, and I doubt the person starting it up is going to know how to reconnect the battery and open the petcock, etc. I also have access to an auto battery charger but that's at someone else's house so it adds to the complexity.
Again, thanks for all your help and I greatly appreciate your input.