October 4, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation that was heavily lobbied by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and aimed at boosting sales of high-tech goods and services. Four measures, part of a package of 18 business-friendly bills approved Friday, seek to ease the regulatory burden on developers of smartphone-based payment systems; reverse a retroactive tax hike on investors in small start-up companies, and create a "Made in California" program to help market innovative, locally manufactured consumer products.
January 18, 1987
We just had to write to thank Jerry Hulse for a recent item in Travel Tips. Dollarstretcher, a subsidiary of British Airways, has done a magnificent job on its promotion package of $399 round trip LAX to Gatwick. After reading the tip we booked and were on our way within a week. We stayed at the Bedford Hotel in Russell Square. It was comfortable, clean and conveniently located to Underground, restaurants and shopping. We visited with friends, did some sightseeing and Christmas shopping during the week we were in London.
October 31, 1985
Less than a month after it was introduced as a bold attempt to establish an ad-hoc daytime network of independent stations, the two-hour "INDAY" package was on the verge of being cut in half by its distributor Wednesday because of low ratings.
April 21, 2012 |
Comcast Corp.'s highest-paid executives — Chief Executive Brian Roberts and NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke — experienced compensation deflation last year. Roberts' pay package shrank 13.3% in 2011 to $26.9 million. That included a performance-based cash bonus of $5.5 million for the 52-year-old executive. Meanwhile, Burke's compensation dropped a whopping 32% to $23.7 million, which included a performance bonus of $6.7 million. The 53-year-old executive's amount fell dramatically last year, as it was the first time in three years that he did not collect a signing bonus.
March 2, 1986
Since 1972 I have been going to Lech, Austria, annually for skiing. As a result, I greatly enjoyed the Stan Hollander article Feb. 2. However, the article was lacking in basic information. The article only hints at the vast land area and varied terrain that can be skied, covering several mountains and towns with intelligently connecting lifts. The great majority of hotels and pensions are 1-5 minutes' walk from the lifts. A few hotels and sample rates were provided but did not go far enough.
December 11, 1996 |
The Gascon Center Theatre in Culver City sparkles with tiny lights for "Stories of the Season," an engaging roundelay of winter's tales inspired by many cultures, presented story-theater style. The cast of six has a repertoire of 10 stories, each represented by a package. Selected audience members pick five packages to open, resulting in a different quintet of stories at each performance. Cast members also discuss holiday traditions and, as a low-key finale, tell personal seasonal memories.
January 17, 2013 |
January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (who knew?) and to celebrate the occasion, the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is offering novices a deal. Visitors to Southern Nevada who prefer the slopes to the slots can find excellent ski conditions in the Spring Mountains, about an hour's drive northwest of the Las Vegas Strip. The “Get Started” package is available to beginners 13 or older. The four-day offer is priced at $199 and includes group lessons, lift tickets and equipment rental each of the four days.
June 6, 2013 |
Make a splash at SeaWorld this month with a $338 vacation package at San Diego's Paradise Point Resort & Spa that includes a stay in a bungalow-style hotel room and two adult tickets to the park. Paradise Point, just across the street from SeaWorld, includes breakfast, parking and a water taxi ride in the package. The deal: Book your trip by June 30 for a stay in June, July or August. The discount is 20% off the regular rate of $423 for a Lanai Garden Room. Other savings include two adult tickets to SeaWorld ($156 value)
September 19, 2011 |
The Grand Canyon Railway provides a different way to visit Grand Canyon National Park . Trains run from historic Williams, Ariz., to the South Rim for a visit. The railway is offering fall packages starting at $390 per couple, which includes train tickets, two nights at a hotel and even a Wild West shoot-out at the depot. The deal: The Railway Express Plus package starts and ends in Williams, about 35 miles west of Flagstaff. The deal includes round-trip train travel between Williams and the Grand Canyon plus two nights at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams.
January 17, 2010
This Valentine's Day package at the Gaige House stands out because the inn is in a relaxing, almost-hidden crossroads tucked away in Sonoma's wine country. The 23-room inn in Glen Ellen has a romantic day and night planned with sparkling wine, a couples massage and a rose petal bath. The deal: The package rate starts at $314 per night for two people and includes accommodations, a 50-minute couples Swedish/deep tissue massage, sparkling wine and a rose petal bath. The Valentine's Day weekend requires a two-night minimum, but if you want to take advantage of the package for just one night, book it for Feb. 11. Queen rooms with the package on this date were $369; a king was $399, a studio suite was $469 and a Zen suite was $529.