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February 10, 1989 | From United Press International
About 1,400 people who invested $98 million in limited partnerships to build six Embassy Suites hotels in California filed suit Thursday, contending that they were victims of a massive fraud scheme. Four named plaintiffs filed the suit in U.S. District Court on behalf of themselves and the other investors across the country who participated in a plan to build hotels in El Segundo, Downey, Santa Ana, Oxnard and Napa and Burlingame in Northern California.
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July 7, 2013
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NEWS
January 27, 1989
"Certainly if hotels can have a Gideon Bible in every room, they can include a safe sex kit," said San Francisco clinical AIDS researcher Leland Traiman in proposing that innkeepers in the city be required to furnish the kits in an effort to stem the spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Although some hotel and motel owners were not receptive to the idea, foreseeing negative reactions from many guests, the City Council was considering it.
TRAVEL
March 11, 2011 | Mary Forgione
Travelers around the Pacific were stopped in their tracks by Friday's earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Hundreds of Japan-bound flights were canceled over the course of the day, thousands of people were stranded at Japanese theme parks; hotels in Hawaii evacuated guests in the middle of the night to avoid surging water; and campers were evacuated from costal state parks in Northern California. The U.S. State Department posted a travel alert, strongly urging "U.S. citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan at this time.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2000 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sales of California hotels remained flat during the first half of the year as investors passed on high-end properties to focus their attention on smaller, less prestigious hotels, according to an industry survey released Monday.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1996 | Marla Dickerson
Guests are taking away more than a good night's sleep from many of the state's hotels, according to a survey just released by the California Lodging Industry Assn. Nearly 20% of the establishments surveyed are spending more than 5% of their annual budgets to replace stolen items or recoup losses due to theft. Towels remain the favorite parting gift for sticky-fingered lodgers, followed by soap and toiletries.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1999 | STEPHEN GREGORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The plummeting popularity of REITs and the sluggish market for commercial mortgage-backed securities have slowed sales of hotel properties in California and threaten to touch off a selling spree of pricey hotels and resorts, industry observers said Tuesday. Nearly 50 fewer hotels were sold in California during the first half of the year compared with the same period last year, according to Costa Mesa-based Atlas Hospitality Group, which brokers hotel deals.
BUSINESS
February 4, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Hilton Hotels Corp., the third-largest U.S. hotel company, is in talks to buy Patriot American Hospitality Inc.'s Summerfield Suites chain and several other hotels for as much as $1 billion, according to people familiar with the situation. Beverly Hills-based Hilton is also discussing an equity investment of as much as $350 million in Patriot, one of the largest U.S. hotel companies and owner of the Wyndham chain, a source said.
TRAVEL
August 13, 2000 | CATHARINE HAMM
As Mom used to say, cheaters never prosper. That's why, though they got a fair share of votes, the following lodgings aren't listed among the Favorite Hotel winners. Although our rules didn't specify that hotels, motels and inns couldn't vote for themselves--or wage a get-out-the-vote campaign--in the Travel section's informal readers' poll, we assumed they'd play fair. Silly us. Silly them. We called the phone numbers on the ballots and discovered . . . foul play!
TRAVEL
November 8, 2009 | Susan Derby
For a getaway up or down the coast, or in popular destinations inland, you might look into a stay with Pacifica Hotels. The company has a great promotion for late fall and early winter. The deal: Under its current online winter promotion, receive 25% off regular rates over the next couple of months. The deal is good only in California, where Pacifica operates hotels in Sonoma, San Francisco, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, Laguna Beach and San Diego, among other locations.
BOOKS
June 25, 2006 | Erik Himmelsbach, Erik Himmelsbach, a writer and television producer, is at work on a book about the history of Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM and the alternative-culture revolution.
COMING down hard off the Technicolor freakout of Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and the divisive election of President Nixon, musicians began ditching didactic rock in favor of a mellow brand of acoustic alchemy. It was nothing so much as the sound of surrender, and though the message rang at lower volume, it was still unquestionably clear: OK, we can't change the world, so instead let's dig our pain.
MAGAZINE
October 10, 2004 | Leslee Komaiko
The rooftop garden-pool-fireplace area at Santa Barbara's new Hotel Andalucia will be the highest of any downtown hotel--not high given the local four-story limit. But the five-floor Andalucia's mere existence is an event: The last full-service hotel built from the ground up in the area was Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in 1986. "We don't do that often around here," says Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum. And the project wasn't controversy-free.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2003 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
The first in a series of stories about presidential campaign fundraisers. Retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark, hoping to snag the leading role as the Democratic presidential candidate, came to Hollywood with his hand out Sunday night in the tradition of major liberal politicians with White House ambitions. Wearing a black shirt, black blazer and dark pants, he blended in at an Eagles concert held for his benefit.
NEWS
May 27, 2001 | MICHELLE LOCKE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In the gray glimmer before dawn, engineer Martin Wuest gets into his trusty Volkswagen and drives 82 miles to his job in Silicon Valley. Wuest and his family fled San Jose for the life of ex-urban "super-commuters" 10 years ago, driven out by housing prices as tens of thousands of people poured in. Since then, California's population has grown by more than 13%. Wuest has watched the trend unfold in his rearview mirror. "I see more people out there.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2001
The number of new hotels built in California dropped by more than a third in 2000 as hotel financing became more difficult to obtain, according to a new report. Sixty-four hotels were built in the state last year, down from 101 in 1999, a study by Costa Mesa-based Atlas Hospitality Group said. Despite lower interest rates in 2000, financing was harder to find because "lenders became very conservative," said Alan X. Reay, president of Atlas.
BUSINESS
December 13, 1989 | TOM FURLONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hotel Investors, a management and investment company in Woodland Hills, said Tuesday that it has agreed to sell 35 hotels for $201 million to two buyers, including the American affiliate of Tokyo-based EIE International. EIE is buying 32 of the hotels for $189 million through Park Plaza, its Dallas-based subsidiary, which owns and operates more than 70 Park Plaza and Park Inn hotels nationwide. The other three hotels are being sold to a second buyer, who was not identified.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2000 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sales of California hotels remained flat during the first half of the year as investors passed on high-end properties to focus their attention on smaller, less prestigious hotels, according to an industry survey released Monday.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2000 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sales of costlier California hotels remained flat during the first half of the year as investors passed on high-end properties to focus their attention on smaller, less prestigious hotels, according to an industry survey released Monday.
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