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January 18, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
To combat rising airfares, travelers should plan to steer clear of expensive hotels in favor of apartment rentals, longtime travel guide author Arthur Frommer said during a Saturday keynote speech at the L.A. Times Travel Show. "I would suggest if you can't reduce the price of airfares, you at least stay in an apartment on your next vacation," the longtime travel guide publisher said. "I've learned it's just as comfortable and just as interesting -- most deluxe hotels are the most boring places anyway.
January 18, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
I took my second trip with Guatemala Charities Fundraisers Tours in November. Their aim is to help women's and children's charities in Guatemala, and their trips are wonderful and inexpensive. There are many opportunities to meet local people, appreciate the culture and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Visits to Antigua, Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlán and its Maya villages are all highlights. Guatemala Charities Fund Raisers Tours; (949) 387-7163, , Mary Lou Sortais By email
January 15, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Citing the high cost and risk of tunneling under Los Angeles International Airport, county transportation officials said Wednesday that it did not make sense to build a light-rail line directly under the airport's terminal area. Their recommendation to discard four possible LAX alternatives, although preliminary, could permanently change a decades-long discussion on how to connect light rail to the nation's third-busiest airport. Three of the alternatives would require tunneling under terminals and runways.
January 14, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) recommended Tuesday that Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) be replaced as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and observers say it appears part of a political squabble between the two over the race for Evans' district. Steinberg's recommendation that Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) replace Evans as chairwoman will be considered Wednesday by the Senate Rules Committee, of which Steinberg is chairman, according to the agenda.
January 11, 2014
In October, we took a 16-day guided tour of the UNESCO sites in Morocco with Around Morocco Tours. Lahcen Boujouija provided door-to-door service, knowledgeable guides for big cities, and never let a question go unanswered. He guided us to restaurants where we felt as if we were getting royal treatment. The people were welcoming everywhere. The Atlas Mountains were breathtaking, and the monkeys entertaining. The hotels even on the edge of the desert were top-notch. Tour prices vary depending on days of travel.
January 4, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
We were looking for a restaurant within walking distance of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and found a great spot that even our local friends didn't know about. We all raved about its empanadas, roasted chicken and sangria. Its ceviche was the best I have had outside of Peru. The servers made us all feel like regulars. Call for reservations if more than two, because there are only a few large tables and a few seats at the lovely bar. La Fusion, 475 Pine St., (415) 781-0894, D. Kay Renick Ventura
January 4, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Paul Conrad's "Chain Reaction" sculpture in Santa Monica, the subject of a grass-roots preservation campaign, might well survive to remind future generations of the horrors of nuclear war. Now that activists have raised funds to pay for some of the needed upgrades, the city manager said he plans to recommend that the city cover the remaining costs. A City Council vote is scheduled for Feb. 25. Conrad, a three-time Pulitzer winner who died at 86 in 2010, was paid $250,000 by a private donor to sculpt the work.
December 28, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Restaurant Lastage, about a 10-minute walk from the Central Station in Amsterdam, is a real gem with a Michelin star, elegant service and reasonable prices. Reservations are necessary. We found it by accident and were given a table because of a last-minute cancellation. We were delighted with our find. Restaurant Lastage, 29 Geldersekade, Amsterdam; 011-31-20-737-0811, Patricia Moore Los Angeles
December 21, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
If you ever wanted to spend the night at a Hearst property designed by Julia Morgan, here is your chance. Book a Tower Room at the Historical Hacienda, William Randolph Hearst's Rancho Milpitas - and you would swear Errol Flynn is staying next door. The added bonus is Mission San Antonio, a mile down the road. Have your ID, insurance and car registration handy because the hacienda is on Ft. Hunter Liggett property. Have a pizza at the bowling alley or enjoy a drink at historic Club Hacienda.
December 19, 2013 | By Lee Romney, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday issued “urgent” safety recommendations to the Federal Transit Administration as part of its ongoing probe of the deaths of two Bay Area Rapid Transit track workers struck by a train in October. [For the record, 4:39 p.m. PST, Dec. 19, 2013: A previous version of this post incorrectly said the workers were struck last month.] Thursday's letter to FTA Administrator Peter M. Rogoff urges him to issue a directive to all rail transit agencies nationwide to require “redundant protection” for railway right-of-way workers.
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