January 17, 2010 |
The gig: President of Starline Tours and Tourcoach International. Starline Tours is one of the largest and oldest tour companies in Southern California, offering bus tours of celebrity homes and entertainment attractions. Combined, the two companies operate 150 buses and employ about 250 workers. Background: Sapir came to Los Angeles in 1963 as an Iranian exchange student, studying engineering at Western State College. While working as a parking lot attendant, he befriended Bud Delp, the former chauffeur of theater entrepreneur Sid Grauman.
April 27, 2005 |
Not satisfied with giving visitors a peek at where the stars work, Universal Studios Hollywood announced Tuesday it plans to give them a look at where the stars live. The studio, famed for its tour through working sound stages and movie and television show sets, has teamed with Starline Tours to give park visitors a chance to see stars' homes for one admission price ($85 for adults, $66 for children).
May 12, 1987 |
A bus driver's failure to maintain proper speed probably caused the accident nearly a year ago in which a Starline Sightseeing Tours bus careened off a mountain highway into a river, killing 21 elderly passengers, most from Santa Monica, Calif., near the California-Nevada border, a federal investigation concluded today.
December 21, 1986
Starline Sightseeing Tours sued its insurance carrier, claiming that the company has been making "piecemeal settlement" to victims of the May 30 crash of a Starline tour bus in Walker Canyon that killed 21 elderly Santa Monica residents.
May 19, 1990
Two German tourists were killed and 43 others injured Friday when a tour bus heading from Las Vegas to Mammoth Lakes careened off a desert highway in the Owens Valley, the California Highway Patrol said. The bus was westbound on Highway 168, about four miles east of Big Pine, when the driver lost control on a downgrade and went off the road, CHP Sgt. Ray Dixon said. Rescuers arrived to find injured victims waiting dazed along the road, witnesses said.
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June 4, 1986 |
The first two lawsuits stemming from the Mono County bus accident that killed 19 people were filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mary J. Ainsworth, 67, of Santa Monica, one of 22 passengers injured in Friday's accident in the Walker River Canyon on U.S. 395 near Bridgeport, filed a $1-million lawsuit blaming the bus driver and the tour company for her extensive injuries.