October 4, 2001 |
Among the unseen casualties of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are California cities, which are bracing for cuts in services because sales and hotel bed-tax revenues are declining as shopping and travel spending craters. And beyond short-term worries over tourism, there is the specter of further trouble because the state of California's budget is going into deficit--and that will spell cutbacks for all cities and counties.
August 13, 2001 |
Travel and tourism in California are showing surprising strength this summer, proving to be a reliable economic engine that is helping to keep the cooling economy from stalling. Despite worries that this would be the stay-home summer of the decade, state officials now expect vacation travel this season to increase slightly from last year's brisk pace.
July 8, 2001 |
* Sonora: Check out the riches of the Mother Lode Fair July 12-15. Attractions include carnival rides and destruction derby. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, California Highway 49. 4 p.m.-midnight July 12-13; 1 p.m.-midnight July 14-15. $10; $8 ages 6-12 (includes all entertainment and rides). (209) 532-7428, http://www.motherlodefair.com. * Taylorsville: Environmentalists might especially savor the Solar Cook-Off July 14. The day begins with solar-powered music at 10 a.m. At 8:30 p.m.
May 27, 2001 |
Wending north from Ojai is one of Southern California's best-kept driving secrets, California 33, a two-lane blacktop that squiggles over the mountains of Los Padres National Forest for 56 miles. As the owner of a new Audi TT coupe, I find it hard to say which is more thrilling: the magnificent views or the exuberance of a turbocharged 180-horsepower engine climbing the highway's twists and turns. The ride was part of a road trip I recently took with my wife, Sandra.
April 15, 2001 |
Like children wriggling in their seats on the last day of school, amusement park executives are anxiously awaiting summer and the hordes of visitors they still think will show up despite the slowing economy. Walt Disney Co.'s new California Adventure theme park, which opened amid much fanfare two months ago, is especially in need of a big summer. The $1.