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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Anaheim, which invested $546 million in public improvements around Disneyland in an effort to create a world-class urban resort stretching beyond Walt Disney Co.'s properties, finds itself several years behind schedule and far short of fulfilling its goals. The city renovated its Convention Center, refurbished a two-mile area with lush landscaping and new streets and put in other improvements as Disney spent $1.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beach-goers who avoided bacteria-laden waters off Huntington Beach last year are returning in droves this Fourth of July weekend, buoying optimistic city officials and merchants who said Monday that the summer tourist season is off to a booming start. "I love the beach, and I support my Huntington Beach," said Carol Jackson, as she set up snacks for her family under a tent Monday afternoon on the state beach near Magnolia Street.
TRAVEL
June 25, 2000 | SUSAN FREUDENHEIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER, Susan Freudenheim is an arts writer for The Times
Like many Angelenos, my family loves the ocean, yet we rarely take advantage of the region's beaches. So we were happy when out-of-town friends invited us recently to visit the oceanfront house they had rented on Newport's Balboa Peninsula. We'd been to Newport often to visit the art museum but had never been on the peninsula, so while we were there for the day, we checked out the boardwalk. What we saw intrigued us enough to plan a weekend trip.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2000 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Memorial Day weekend delivered a blast of holiday heat on Saturday--breaking Santa Ana's 32-year record temperature for late May as the mercury soared to 92. Residents throughout the county sought sun, fun and cool ocean breezes, doubling typical weekend attendance at many beaches, authorities said. At Huntington Beach State Park, about 20,000 people were on the shores. Although there was just small surf, lifeguards rescued about 25 swimmers, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal by Supervisor Tom Wilson to create a separate department to deal exclusively with beach pollution and contaminated urban runoff. Urban runoff has "suddenly come up very high on our priority list," said Supervisor Chuck Smith. The proposal for a Division of Watershed and Coastal Resources will be considered next week, Smith said.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disneyland visitors helping to celebrate the Anaheim park's 45th birthday this summer can get a break amid the crowds and heat. The Magic Kingdom plans to expand its use of the FastPass ride-reservation system throughout the summer and fall, eventually covering up to 10 popular attractions, insiders say. FastPass, inaugurated last summer and now used on Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, gives patrons free cuts in line so long as they show up at an assigned time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In hopes of avoiding another crippling beach closure this summer, 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 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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2000 | STEPHEN GREGORY and E. SCOTT RECKARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More Americans will travel this summer and take longer and more expensive trips than they did last year, travel experts said Wednesday. Rising bookings and travel surveys indicate consumers remain bullish about the U.S. economy despite warnings of an impending slowdown.
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.
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