CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 |
Los Angeles lawmakers plan to introduce an ordinance Tuesday that would require the operators of big hotels to pay workers $15.37 an hour, one of the highest minimum wage rates targeting private employers anywhere in the U.S. The initiative by City Council members Nury Martinez, Curren Price and Mike Bonin is expected to set off a fierce contest between labor and business. Union activists say workers deserve a bigger share of revenue in the booming hotel industry, while owners say that nearly doubling the state minimum wage of $8 an hour will hurt profitability.
February 16, 2014
What a great treat to see John Horn's cover story on Belize ["Coppola's Jungle Set," Feb. 9] as my family (wife and two boys) spent a week in Belize last month. We also split our time between Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn and did many of the same things as the author: visit to Caracol, Barton Creek cave and zip lining. We really enjoy going to places off the beaten path, and Belize certainly delivered on this front. The local people as well as the staff at both resorts were excellent and very accommodating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 |
On the road to Los Angeles International Airport in the pre-dawn dark, Inez Luna's eyes appear nearly swollen shut with exhaustion. He got only four hours of sleep, as usual, but he can't slow down or he'll be late for his 3:30 a.m. clock-in. For seven hours or more, he'll load baggage and cargo onto jets at the airport, where his co-workers Anglicized "Luna" to create his nickname, "Mr. Moon. " Then he crawls back into his Toyota Corolla for a quick midday nap before reporting to job No. 2, washing dishes and busing tables at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel.
February 9, 2014 |
Question: As you know, most of us develop some degree of lumbar disc degeneration as we age. My recollection is that a few years back there was a significant movement among all major hotel chains to offer upgraded bedding. Thicker, firmer mattresses with plush tops became common. Although many properties maintain these, some properties are using thinner, softer mattresses with considerably less back support. What's best? Randall Gellens San Diego Answer: What's best for you depends on your shape, your size and your needs, mattress experts told me. I can tell you that, as I am writing this, I have just rolled out of a hotel bed, and this mattress is not what I need, unless I need to feel as though I have been run over by a cement mixer.
February 8, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - It was 2:30 a.m. and the stranger on the other side of the door wanted into my hotel room. "How many cards do you have?" he kept asking in broken English. The lock rattled and eventfully broke. Still hazy from sleep, I did all I could to keep him from forcing the door open. Finally, he backed away as more footsteps hurried down the hall. A new speaker identified himself as the hotel manager. He said the late-night intruder was a locksmith mistakenly sent to change the lock.
February 7, 2014 |
Tilda Swinton, as usual, made a strong fashion impression, with flat, feathered sandals and a tuxedo with a ruffle at the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," in which Swinton stars along with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan and others, launched the European event Thursday night. The film, by Wes Anderson, is set to open in the United States on March 7. Swinton, whose hair color has varied, had high, platinum-blond curls and bright lipstick and toes for the event, which also featured costar Murray in a dapper hat. The fashion choices were in keeping with the film.