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May 19, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In hopes of avoiding another crippling Huntington Beach summer closure, Orange County officials plan to announce today a sweeping set of measures to keep bacteria-laden urban runoff from hitting the ocean. Timed to coincide with the busy beach tourist season, the $276,000 plan to divert and treat millions of gallons of runoff a day, then pipe it five miles out to sea, is unprecedented in scope for Orange County.
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BUSINESS
March 28, 2000 | E. Scott Reckard, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
The service workers union wants to increase the number of full-time Anaheim Convention Center employees--those who work enough hours to qualify for retirement and medical fringe benefits. Most of the 487 people in the local bargaining unit work 15 to 20 hours a week at about $8.50 an hour. Only about 20% put in the 30 hours needed to qualify for a state pension or to have the city pay 80% of medical benefits, union organizer Mark Langevin said.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2000 | E. Scott Reckard, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
It's always a major event at Disneyland when the main mouse arrives for a nibble and a look at the latest attractions, and last week's visit by Walt Disney Co. boss Michael Eisner was no exception. A finicky eater since heart bypass surgery five years ago, Eisner can't consume standard Disneyland delicacies like the Monte Cristo sandwich--a fried ham and cheese--and bacon-wrapped asparagus spears. So what is on the menu?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The stars of the show are likely to be absent today when the return of the swallows festivities get underway. But that won't keep thousands of tourists and locals alike from flocking to Mission San Juan Capistrano to take part in the quaint tradition that put this community on the map.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The stars of the show are likely to be absent today when the Return of the Swallows Festival gets underway. But that won't keep thousands of tourists and locals from crowding into Mission San Juan Capistrano to take part in the quaint myth that puts this community on the map. Efforts to lure the swallows back with everything from their favorite snack--ladybugs--to mud nests have met with only marginal success.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Slightly more visitors came to Orange County last year despite disruptive construction at Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center, and they spent much more money, travel and tourism experts said Wednesday. A total of 38.05 million visitors descended on the county last year, up 0.8% from 1998. They spent $5.95 billion, up 4.3%, according to the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau.
BUSINESS
December 9, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
At tourist destinations around the world, New Year's celebrations have failed to live up to expectations, and things are no different in Orange County, at least on non-Disney turf. As a consequence, discounting has begun. One example is the Waterfront Hilton, a four-diamond hotel in Huntington Beach, where unbooked rooms remain plentiful with less than a month until Y2K. The hotel has cut the minimum price for a two-night millennium stay from $1,999 to $850, a spokeswoman said.
BUSINESS
November 25, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
Nominations are due by next Tuesday for the Orange County Tourism Council's excellence awards honoring people who perform special services for visitors. The awards will be presented at a January banquet. Those booking tables this month are entered in a drawing for 10 Southwest Airlines tickets. Contact Bruce Brown at (949) 794-7229. . . . Anaheim granted Walt Disney a special wish by making Disneyland's address 1313 S. Harbor Blvd.
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