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October 7, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Officials with the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau acknowledged Friday that sales staff falsified records of hotel bookings and, as a result, received $20,000 in unmerited bonuses. At a news conference at the bureau's headquarters, Chairman Chris Pook said the executives accused of encouraging staff to add as many as 47,000 questionable bookings to last year's total have been ordered to repay the $20,000.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Officials with the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau acknowledged Friday that sales staff falsified records of hotel bookings and, as a result, received $20,000 in unmerited bonuses. At a news conference at the bureau's headquarters, Chairman Chris Pook said the executives accused of encouraging staff to add as many as 47,000 questionable bookings to last year's total have been ordered to repay the $20,000.
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August 11, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long Beach convention bureau officials are investigating whether employees of their organization inflated hotel booking records to collect thousands of dollars in unearned annual performance bonuses. The head of the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau said Thursday that the agency is conducting an independent audit to determine if sales figures related to hotel rooms are accurate for fiscal year 1998-99.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least two former employees of the city-funded Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau have told internal auditors that hotel booking records were falsified to make the agency's annual performance look better, The Times has learned. A convention bureau board member also has confirmed that the accusations are part of a performance audit of bureau personnel, including the chief executive officer and a vice president of sales.
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October 6, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least two former employees of the city-funded Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau have told internal auditors that hotel booking records were falsified to make the agency's annual performance look better, The Times has learned. A convention bureau board member also has confirmed that the accusations are part of a performance audit of bureau personnel, including the chief executive officer and a vice president of sales.
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May 18, 1995
Thomas Gates, chief of radiation oncology at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, has been elected president of the board of directors of the American Cancer Society's California division. Gates is former president of the organization's Long Beach-Harbor-Southeast unit. . . . Freda Hinsche Otto was appointed vice president for major gifts at St. Mary Medical Center Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports the medical center.
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October 20, 1994 | EDMUND NEWTON
It has already hosted a coin and stamp expo, a car show and a dry-cleaning exhibit. But Long Beach's expanded and beautified convention center, open for business for the past 2 1/2 months, officially opens today when a dozen dignitaries are scheduled to cut a ribbon at the main entrance on Pine Avenue. The center now has three times as much exhibit space, 224,000 square feet, as it did two years ago when the $111-million project got under way.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1999
Insisting that an area code change would cause irreparable harm to city businesses and generally confuse local callers, residents and representatives of business on Wednesday urged public utility officials to preserve the city's 562 area code. At a public hearing, representatives of the California Public Utilities Commission met with residents to outline options for changing the area code.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1996
After years of waging war on prostitution, Long Beach is considering a controversial ordinance even its author doesn't wholeheartedly support. At the urging of her constituents, Vice Mayor Doris Topsy-Elvord last week recommended that a city code be amended to allow hotels and motels to rent rooms only once in any 24-hour period. The idea is to prevent the rapid turnover of rooms in the seedy areas along Pacific Coast Highway where prostitutes commonly work, Topsy-Elvord said.
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June 21, 1996 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ross Perot, seeking maximum voter participation for his fledgling Reform Party, will convene the party's first nominating convention on two Sundays in mid-August, first in Long Beach and then in Valley Forge, Pa., party officials said Thursday. The group is to hear speeches from its prospective presidential candidates on Aug. 11 at the Long Beach Convention Center and announce its nominee Aug. 18 at the Pennsylvania site, with voting by mail, telephone or computer to occur between the two dates.
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August 11, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long Beach convention bureau officials are investigating whether employees of their organization inflated hotel booking records to collect thousands of dollars in unearned annual performance bonuses. The head of the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau said Thursday that the agency is conducting an independent audit to determine if sales figures related to hotel rooms are accurate for fiscal year 1998-99.
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May 10, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that the Queen Mary is too important an icon to let go, Long Beach City Manager James C. Hankla on Friday strongly recommended that the City Council refuse to sell the ship or send it temporarily to Tokyo.
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November 1, 1998 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
The Long Beach Airport, which has languished for years as an underexploited resource for travelers, is suddenly buzzing with talk of a new airline and new possibilities. Given the low success rate of start-up airlines everywhere, there's no telling how long this new enterprise, called WinAir, will survive. But if the airline can live up to its pledges, a few million consumers in southern Los Angeles County and northern Orange County may have a new departure point to consider.
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