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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.
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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.
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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.
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