January 21, 2012
I was curious about whether there was any benefit to booking a deluxe cruise just 10 days before it sailed. When I phoned Seabourn Cruise Line on Dec. 9, a representative told me that Category OB tickets were available on the Sojourn, which was leaving Buenos Aires on Dec.19. He explained that Category OB tickets meant I was "guaranteed a Veranda Suite for our single-occupancy minimum price of $8,990. " On Dec. 15, an email from Seabourn confirmed I was in a mid-ship suite. After returning home from the 15-day voyage (the Sojourn was a delight)
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.
July 11, 2010 |
— After a just-completed renovation that can best be described as cheap and cheerful, the former Vacation Village in Laguna Beach is now the Pacific Edge Hotel, the 33rd and most recent property in the Joie de Vivre family of California boutique hotels that includes Venice Beach's Erwin and Brentwood's Angeleno. This three-acre complex of eight buildings with 130 rooms and suites, 49 of them oceanfront at Sleepy Hollow Beach, had for most of its 51 years been a family-operated and -oriented destination with few pretensions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 |
Opponents of UCLA's proposed 250-room hotel and conference center on campus have filed a lawsuit that challenges the project's tax exemptions and contends it would not be financially viable if it paid all the federal and local taxes required of commercial hotels. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court late Wednesday by the Save Westwood Village organization and others, also says that existing UCLA guesthouses and visitor centers already break laws by not charging overnight guests occupancy taxes.
September 30, 1987 |
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.
February 7, 2011
Blackstone Group agreed to buy a majority stake in Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc.'s Hotel del Coronado to help restructure the debt on the Southern California resort that was the backdrop of the film "Some Like it Hot. " Strategic Hotels formed a joint venture with Blackstone Real Estate Advisors and KSL Resorts, an affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., investing an undisclosed amount of cash into the luxury hotel and converting a portion...
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.
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."