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June 26, 1986
The operator of the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose attractions has agreed to take over operation of the 60-year-old Breakers Hotel on the Long Beach oceanfront. The move, effective Aug. 1, will help both parties, said Joseph Prevratil, president of Wrather Port Properties Inc. Operators of the 390-room Queen Mary Hotel will have the Breakers' 242 rooms at their disposal to book larger convention groups, while Breakers owners will increase occupancy, which has lagged at about 50%, Prevratil said.
April 10, 1994
The fundamental role of government is to protect lives. So, The Times is correct when it points out that the city of Santa Ana has persistently sought the ability to govern residential occupancy standards ("Using Safety as Tenet in Occupancy Issue," Editorial, March 27). Current state law sets the maximum number of residents in a dwelling unit. Historically, this was determined by counting the square footage in bedrooms. This changed radically, however, as the result of a court decision which said you must count all 'habitable' areas for sleeping purposes (i.e.
June 8, 1989 | JOHN CHARLES TIGHE, Times Staff Writer
United Western Medical Center-Santa Ana said Wednesday that it laid off 40 workers in various departments last week, and St. Joseph Hospital in Orange said it laid off 44 staff members two weeks ago, most of them registered nurses. The cutbacks are the latest in a series of personnel reductions at several Orange County hospitals suffering in an industrywide slump caused by insurance-mandated shorter hospital stays and a decline in Medicare reimbursement. Western Medical, citing those reasons, laid off 60 workers--mostly in clerical and administrative positions--in December.
September 30, 1987 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
An upswing in Orange County's hotel business earlier this year could cause a drop in tourism and tourism spending locally later this year, according to economists at Chapman College. In data released this week, the private college's Center for Economic Research said its measure of visitor spending shows a sharp upswing in hotel and motel occupancy rates during the first half of 1987, when tourists spent almost 6% more in the county than in the same period of 1986.
January 4, 1987
More than $10 million will be spent by Southmark Pacific Corp., the new owners of the former General Telephone Building in Santa Monica, to bring it up to Class A, multitenant standards. The 21-story building at Ocean Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard was acquired by Southmark Pacific last June for "considerably less" than the asking price of $50 million, according to Paul Giuntini, president of Southmark Pacific. General Telephone moved its headquarters to Westlake Village.
March 17, 1987
About 1,200 weekend visitors to Santa Catalina Island returned home about 12 hours later than they had expected to due to high winds and rough seas in the San Pedro Channel. Wind gusting to 40 m.p.h. and unusually choppy seas halted all ferry, helicopter and airline service to the mainland, and Oley Olsen, who manages two hotels at Avalon, said it was good for business. "We had 90% occupancy in both hotels," he said. "We average about 50% on Sunday nights in winter."
July 6, 1986
Ground has been broken on Gateway Corporate Center in Diamond Bar, a 255-acre business business park located at the interchange of the Pomona (60) and Orange (57) freeways. Zelman Development Co., Los Angeles, is the developer. The $200-million project, when fully developed, will contain in excess of 1.5 million square feet. The master-planned complex is designed for 23 finished lots totaling 77 buildable acres in a carefully controlled and secured environment.
September 17, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
In the end, one group of Americans can proclaim both the Republican and the Democratic conventions a success: hotel owners. The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., combined to generate $46 million in hotel revenue, according to a report issued Monday by Smith Travel Research. Despite the threat of Hurricane Isaac, the Republican National Conventions in late August pushed hotel occupancy levels in Tampa to an average of 81%, while the Democrats who met in early September increased occupancy in Charlotte to 92%, according to the report.
July 16, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
London has never been a travel destination for the budget-minded. During the Summer Olympics, visiting the English capital will be even more expensive. The rates for hotel rooms during the summer games have increased an average of 69%, to about $292 per night, compared with the same time last year, according to a study by TravelClick, a New York company that provides e-commerce products and services to the hotel industry. The occupancy rate across the city for the entire Olympics (July 27 to Aug. 12)
November 14, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Itching to write about food but don't know where to start? I just got an alert that there are still a few spots left for Cocinar Mexicano , “a food writing intensive and cooking immersion” week in Tepoztlán, Mexico. Culinary historian and food writer Betty Fussell   (“Raising Steaks,” “The Story of Corn,” “Masters of American Cookery,” plus innumerable articles) takes on the writing part of the workshop, while Magda Bogin, founder of Cocinar Mexicano, leads the cooking workshops with village women.
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