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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.
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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
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.
BUSINESS
February 1, 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
Despite heavy Christmas promotions, attendance at Disneyland during the final three months of 1999 was lower than during the same period the previous year. In making the disclosure in an earnings statement, Walt Disney Co. executives said they were not surprised by the decline. Chief Financial Officer Thomas O. Staggs said they are "feeling good about the results." Though acknowledging the slowdown in 1999's final three months, the company didn't release attendance figures.
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
January 12, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD
The editors of Successful Meetings magazine have installed Anaheim on a Top 10 list of hot sites for meetings and business travel in the coming years. Current trade show and meetings favorites like Las Vegas and Orlando will be challenged by less-frequented spots like Austin, Texas; Biloxi, Miss.; and Anaheim, the magazine said.
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