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 29, 2001
The face of the California hotel scene is about to change: * Hotelier Ian Schrager on Tuesday will unveil his $50-million refurbishment of the 88-year-old Clift Hotel, his first property in San Francisco. He has added 49 rooms to the Clift, for a total of 375. He also is working on a $25-million redo of the Miramar in Santa Barbara, which he bought in 1998. His hip hotel holdings include West Hollywood's Mondrian and the Delano in Miami.
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.