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BUSINESS
August 23, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Anyone who has recently traveled to a major U.S. city knows the shock of finding a hotel, car rental or restaurant bill laden with extra charges. It's a growing trend among cities to add bed taxes, airport concession taxes and other charges to visitors' bills in order to fund tourism marketing campaigns, airport improvements and other projects. Combined with sales taxes, the extra travel taxes add about $28 a day to the cost of a visitor's lodging, car rentals and meals in the nation's top 50 destination cities, according to a new study by the education and research arm of the National Business Travel Assn.
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BUSINESS
June 27, 2010 | Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance
Tough economic times may make it tough to donate to worthy causes like helping to clean up the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, much less finance a nice summer vacation. But if you're willing to combine the two you might be able to have fun and support charities at the same time. Just ask Rob Seltzer, a Beverly Hills accountant, who writes off a weeklong bike trip from Burlington, Vt., to Portland, Maine, on his tax return each year. Cheating? Not at all. The ride is sponsored by a group called Charity Treks, which encourages avid cyclists like Seltzer and his wife to find sponsors who will write checks for AIDS research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy and Jack Dolan
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers received more than $929,000 in gifts last year, including overseas trips, boxes of cigars, bottles of wine, clothes and tickets to sporting events and concerts. Many of the gifts came from groups lobbying state government. The largesse, shown in filings required by state law, dismayed government watchdog groups and even some state legislators who are advocating a $10 monthly limit on gifts from corporations and other interests that hire lobbyists to influence government officials.
SPORTS
January 2, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Tony Seminary never expected to experience Pasadena in January after enduring Boise in September. Yet there the Oregon football fan was Friday afternoon at the Rose Bowl, a T-shirt with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli's No. 8 on his back and a plastic duck call draped from his neck. "To be here today from that," Seminary said, referring to the Ducks' 19-8 loss to Boise State in their season opener, "I would have never guessed." Seminary was so disgusted with the Ducks' listless play against the Broncos -- not to mention the infamous postgame punch by running back LeGarrette Blount -- that he e-mailed Oregon Coach Chip Kelly and jokingly attached an invoice for his travel expenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2009 | By Carla Rivera
A former high-ranking California State University official collected more than $150,000 in improper expense reimbursements, including claims for unnecessary trips to Amsterdam and Shanghai, meals that exceeded allowable amounts and travel between his Northern California home and the university's Long Beach headquarters, a state audit has found. The audit, released Thursday, scolds the university for a lack of oversight in approving the expenses, saying they were "unnecessary and not in the best interest of the university or the state."
BUSINESS
October 29, 2009 | Roger Vincent
The long-running torment of the commercial real estate industry dragged on in the third quarter, but the world's largest brokerage of office buildings, warehouses and other business properties managed to eke out a small profit. CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. reported net income of $12.4 million, or 4 cents a share, after spending the first two quarters of the year in the red. However, profit was down 69% from $40.4 million, or 15 cents a share, in the same period last year. The Los Angeles company posted adjusted earnings of 8 cents a share after deducting one-time charges mostly related to cost-cutting measures.
SPORTS
September 25, 2009 | Mike Penner
It has been uttered countless times by angry fans disappointed about their team's performance: I should get my money back. Tony Seminary, Oregon fan and alumnus, actually did. After Oregon's season-opening 19-8 loss at Boise State, Seminary wrote Oregon Coach Chip Kelly an e-mail, saying, "The product on the field Thursday night is not something I was at all proud of, and I feel as though I'm entitled to my money back for the trip."...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2009 | Phil Willon
A day after being sworn in for his second term as Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa jetted off to South Africa on Thursday for a nine-day vacation. The mayor's office released a statement Thursday afternoon saying only that the mayor will be out of the state from July 2 to July 10. A source familiar with the trip said the mayor will attend a summit in Cape Town and Johannesburg sponsored by the Academy of Achievement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy and Eric Bailey
Thousands of state employees learned Wednesday that they will not be reimbursed for travel expenses until a budget deal is reached, as lawmakers' failure to strike such an agreement with the governor came back to bite them in their own wallets. "We are delaying per diem and travel expenses to all state employees, including legislators," said Hallye Jordan, a spokeswoman for state Controller John Chiang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2008 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
The identities of some donors bankrolling travel for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his staff -- information the governor's advisors can no longer keep secret -- are now being revealed as special interests with business before the state. The administration is identifying the contributors as a result of new disclosure regulations that followed a Times investigation of the secret donations and the level of travel they funded.
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