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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1988
While the results of the recent traffic poll were interesting and predictable, I would like the pollsters to ascertain where all those people are going on the weekends. Have you tried going south on the San Diego Freeway on a Saturday afternoon? After living in Mission Viejo for 10 years, the continually heavier weekend traffic has always baffled me. Where is everyone going? VENA GARRETT Mission Viejo
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NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Mary Forgione
The Tungurahua volcano in central Ecuador spewed gas and ash Monday, prompting the government to issue an alert and the evacuation of villages near the volcano. The U.S. Embassy in Quito issued an emergency message to caution Americans about traveling near Tungurahua, which means "Throat of Fire" and is located 80 miles southeast of capital Quito. The message singled out the tourist town of Banos and areas where voluntary evacuations are under way in Cusúa, Juive Grander and Chico.
NEWS
July 14, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you're trying to get information from the website of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) about how to cope with the " Carmageddon " 405 Freeway closure this weekend, be patient. [ Updated at 3:30 p.m. July 14: LAX spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado says via email that the website was down because the database connection to the server was temporarily lost.] [ Updated at 2:20 p.m. July 14: The LAX website is back up. Here's a link to the 405 Freeway Alert page.]
NEWS
December 12, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
After elderly passengers at JFK Airport complained about how they were treated by the Transportation Security Administration , the agency said Sunday it would establish an information line that travelers who are disabled or need assistance can call before flying. The TSA blog post written by blogger Bob Burns said in part: "[W]e're in the process of establishing an 800 number dedicated to travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, or those who may require assistance during screening.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
A test program that allows air travelers who voluntarily offer background information to zip through faster airport security lines without removing shoes, belts and coats will be expanded to 28 new airports, Transportation Security Administration officials said Wednesday. The PreCheck program has been tested for several months at nine airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, and has already been used to screen 336,000 passengers. “We are pleased to expand this important effort, in collaboration with our airline and airport partners, as we move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to a more intelligence-driven, risk-based transportation security system," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Many Southern Californians are cutting back on unnecessary driving around town but most are going ahead with spring break travel plans even though gasoline prices are at record highs for this time of the year, according to a new survey of motorists. Two-thirds of Southern Californians surveyed by the Automobile Club of Southern California said higher gasoline prices have affected their household budget, but 57% plan to take a leisure trip this spring anyway, compared with 55% last spring.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
If you check into a hotel in Charlotte, N.C., consider visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame. After all, 2% of the taxes you pay for your hotel room support the facility. Across the country, taxes charged on hotel, car rental and restaurant bills go to a variety of causes besides filling the local government coffers, according to a review of travel-related taxes by the travel planning website Away.com . In Tampa, 0.5% of hotel taxes and 0.5% of car rental taxes are used to help the homeless.
NATIONAL
December 23, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
A bit like Santa crashing through the roof, snow is expected to make a not-entirely-welcome appearance across the U.S. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. More than 93 million people will travel an average of 760 miles during the holidays, according to AAA , the motorists' organization, and will encounter challenging weather across the country. Some parts of Oklahoma, northern Arkansas and southern Missouri could see up to 6 inches of snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to AccuWeather.
NEWS
February 10, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Travelers interested in participating in the TSA's expanded pre-check screening , which pre-approves some passengers to pass through checkpoints without removing shoes and belts - should click here  for information. The expanded program was announced Wednesday . . . . Hawaii hotel revenue rose 12.7% last year , according to a report by Hospitality Advisors LLC and Smith Travel Research. Occupancy was 73.4%, up from 70.7% in 2010. The average daily rate was about $189.62, up from $174.84 the previous year . . . . Nationwide, only New York City has higher room rates than Hawaii , Smith Travel Research says . . . . The 20th annual Zinfandel Festival takes place in Paso Robles March 16-18 , featuring wine from more than 50 vintners. For info or tickets, go to www.pasowine.com . . . . Northern California's Mendocino County hosts three Whale Festivals this March : Mendocino Village (March 3-4)
TRAVEL
March 10, 2013
I read with interest the article on airline awards by Brian Kelly ["Going the Distance to Get Airline Awards," March 3]. I was amazed he didn't mention the outlandish additional fees that some airlines are charging. Recently, I tried to book two tickets to England on British Airlines for my daughter and myself. It took four phone calls before I could get anyone to come close to finding seats for us using miles from LAX to Newcastle, with a plane change at London's Heathrow. As I was completing the transaction, the agent told me that additional taxes and fees would cost almost $700 for each ticket.
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