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July 10, 1996
Re "Lords of the Lot," July 2: Good memories make up such an important part of our well-being and this article certainly brought them back. For three years I parked cars for Chuck Pick while I was in high school and truly enjoyed it. The hours were right and being the quintessential automobile fanatic, I figured it would be the last job I would ever have. However, Vladimir Kasl's comments accurately reflect the issues important to us at that time: We all wanted to have careers someday.
September 20, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Art Deco Hotel Georgian in Santa Monica was built in the aftermath of the Depression and opened in October 1933. The city was a fashionable seaside resort, and the wealthy ponied up to stay there despite the bad times (the hotel's Prohibition-era speakeasy was a draw too). Now the hotel celebrates its 80th year with a package that comes with valet parking and other extras. And yes, you can still buy a drink at the Speakeasy Bar. The deal: The Landmark Package includes a room plus two hours of bicycle rentals at nearby Perry's, free valet parking for one vehicle, and a brochure for a self-guided history tour of Santa Monica.
March 26, 1992
Evening valet parking service began this week in the Glendale Urban Garage at 115 N. Maryland Ave., where parking is provided for The Exchange, a two-block area of shops, restaurants and a multiscreen theater. The service will enhance the attractiveness of the redevelopment project at Brand Boulevard and Broadway, northeast of the galleria, city officials said. Valets are available nightly from 6 p.m. to closing at the south entrance to the city-owned multilevel garage. The service costs $3.
September 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City, Utah, offers a package for skiers and snowboarders that comes with two-day lift tickets at Canyons Resort and a $50 food credit. Make a reservation before the end of October and save 25% off the package price. The deal: The Ski and Dine Package provides two two-day adult lift tickets and a $50 credit per stay at the resort's restaurants and bars. The deal requires a three-night minimum stay. The sprawling lodge has 150 rooms, from one- to four-bedroom suites, with fireplaces, kitchenettes and ski in-ski out access to one of the chairlifts at Canyons . When: The offer is good through Oct. 31. Tested: I found availability for the package for three nights starting Dec. 6. The cost came to $255 a night plus fees and tax for a room with two queen- or one king-size beds.
May 2, 1988 | United Press International
City officials, hoping to lure shoppers away from suburban malls, today will start offering valet parking service downtown. Mayor Donald Canney said the 90-day experiment should lure more consumers to downtown by freeing shoppers from the hassles of finding parking spots at meters or in city garages. City employees in red vests and bow ties will set up a booth outside the largest downtown department store and will park shoppers' cars in city ramps for $2 above the normal parking fee.
March 25, 2012 | By Mark Kellam, Los Angeles Times
Apparently there is a limit to how much people are willing to pay to pamper their cars and save a few minutes, even in car-crazy L.A. An effort at Bob Hope Airport to provide super luxury valet parking for $14,600 a year has been a flop and will be discontinued. Despite the upsides - reserved, extra-wide, covered spaces and shortened wait times - the deluxe valet service has not drawn a single customer. "We've had no takers since the product was introduced," said Clint Joy, a vice president for Standard Parking, which took over operations at Bob Hope last month.
Burbank Airport officials on Monday approved a 90-day test of valet parking at the airport, saying they hope that it will increase patronage while reducing congestion in the drop-off area outside the terminals and in the crowded short-term parking lot. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority unanimously approved the plan, under which airport visitors can have their cars parked for a minimum of $6.
October 11, 1987 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, Times Staff Writer
Valet parking is as commonplace in upscale Marina del Rey as boats, but boaters say it has no place in the Marina City Club parking lot, which they use when they board their vessels. The boat owners are protesting plans by the county Regional Planning Department to require valet parking for people who keep boats at the club's 340 boat slips. The plan is an attempt to compensate for parking spaces lost when a hotel is built at Tahiti Way and Via Marina.
December 4, 1986 | KAREN ROEBUCK, Times Staff Writer
The City Council, responding to downtown merchants' complaints about a new restaurant, tentatively decided this week to forbid valet parking services from using city streets or other public parking areas. Dave Fansler opened the restaurant, Wiliker's, on Manhattan Beach Boulevard in early November with 46 parking spaces, enough to meet city requirements. Jim Dolen, Wiliker's general manager, said the valets have parked an average of 20 cars a day, most of them in the restaurant's own lots.
March 26, 1987
The City Council unanimously passed an ordinance last week prohibiting valet services from using public parking spaces, beginning in mid-April. A violation of the ordinance will be a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $499. Businesses may be exempted from the ordinance, however, by getting a permit from the city manager. City Atty. Carl K. Newton indicated that the exception provision is intended primarily for special events.
August 19, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
Say "aloha" to saving money by booking now for a future stay in a suite or villa at the oceanfront Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Maui. The deal: The Book Now, Save Later deal at the Fairmont Kea Lani saves guests up to 40% off the best available rate for a one-bedroom suite or a two- or three-bedroom villa this fall and on select dates in 2014. Rates start at $323 a night, plus tax, for a one-bedroom suite. A refundable deposit for two nights, including tax, is required to hold a reservation.
August 17, 2013
One of Southern California's most talented chefs opens a clam shack. LOCATION 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 848-2722, PRICES Starters, $6-$18; sandwiches, $17-$22; main dishes, $18-$45 DETAILS Open 5-11 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, noon to 11 p.m. Fridays to Sundays. Full bar. Valet parking. Credit cards accepted. RECOMMENDED DISHES Oysters, stuffies, grilled New Bedford scallops, New England boiled dinner, blondies.
July 17, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Short on vacation time? Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills doesn't want you to miss out. The hotel opposite the Beverly Center is offering a day spa package for $175 to $220 that starts with a massage in a private cabana at the rooftop pool and a Champagne toast. The deal: The Sofitel Staycation offers a 50-minute massage for $175 and an 80-minute massage for $220 at the hotel's LeSpa . You can spend the rest of the day lounging at the hotel' s pool, working out in the gym or unwinding in the steam room.
June 22, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
The license plate on his practical Toyota read "MR VALET," but the tales Herb Citrin gleefully shared about his pioneering business empire - based on tossing car keys to nattily dressed parking attendants - often involved far more upscale automobiles. There was the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr that slid into the ocean in Marina del Rey minutes after his employees parked it and the Jaguar, with key left in the ignition, that was driven off the lot by a distinguished-looking man who, as it turned out, did not own it. And then there was the time a horrified Citrin watched as a car in his care miraculously rolled across busy La Cienega Boulevard, without a driver or a scratch.
June 21, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Fairmont Newport Beach hotel turned up on Travelzoo's Top 20 list this week -- and with good reason. The online travel company offers an exclusive $99 room rate at this AAA Four-Diamond resort that comes with free valet parking, free Internet access and a $25 spa credit.  The deal: The Travelzoo discount is good Thursdays through Mondays, perfect for long summer weekends at the upscale beach town. The cost with the extra perks is $99 a night in June and September, and $119 a night in July and August (prices exclude tax)
May 23, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
If you're a baseball fan, you probably know that the Omni San Diego Hotel offers a unique tie to the game: It overlooks Petco Park , with a pedestrian skywalk connecting the hotel to the action. It's the only hotel in the nation attached to a major league ballpark. The Omni offers visitors other perks too. It's in the historic Gaslamp Quarter across from the convention center and is convenient to other city sites.  But the hotel really shines in summer, when the ballpark is in use. The deal: Celebrate America's pastime with the "Beer, Brats and Baseball" package, which starts at $289 and offers lodging, plus two tickets to a P adres game, beer and brats.
March 2, 1990 | ANN CONWAY
What two words spell the difference between an A bash and a B bash, a classy and a declasse restaurant, a gym and a sports club? Valet parking. Without it, the most glorious do becomes a drag. In Orange County, it's unheard of for an A-list hostess to expect guests to drive their fancy cars to a party and then have to park them themselves. For one thing, it means wasted party time if guests are driving around searching for parking spaces.
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