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April 7, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a $229-million upgrade to Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport last week, he said the money would double the size of the lobby and pay for new carpeting, new baggage carousels and new facilities for international passengers. The terminal is dedicated mostly to Delta Air Lines, which is putting $12 million into the modernization project. What the mayor didn't mention were the new fixes planned for Delta Sky Club, the exclusive lounge were VIPs can order a free drink, munch on snacks and watch cable television while waiting for their flights.
April 23, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Far from the dust of the Coachella Valley, Napa Valley will host its own mega-music concert called Bottlerock for three days at the end of May. BottleRock , now in its second year, will feature such notables as the Cure , OutKast and Eric Church . Milliken Creek Inn & Spa in Napa, Calif., offers packages starting at $2,560 for those who want to rock out in style. The inn sits about a mile from the Napa Valley Expo, where the music fest will be held May 30-31 and June 1. Other performers to be featured: LL Cool J with DJ Z-Trip, Heart (yes, from the 1980s)
July 16, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
At this year's Comic-Con International, Warner Bros.  set up a VIP-only tent so packed with luxury that some of those allowed in said it reminded them more of the Cannes Film Festival than the annual gathering of geek fans. There was little indication outside that there was anything special about the white tent that sprouted up for the first time this year. Located in between the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H, where the most popular panels for movies and TV shows are held, and the "Extra" stage where Warner touted many of its TV shows in an outdoor setting, it was surrounded by shrubbery.
April 12, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Hello Day No. 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival! What? You can't hear me through your throbbing Day No. 1 hangover headache ? No matter. Soldier on, dear festival-goer, and head to one of these off-the-hook events, where an open bar will surely cure what ails you. Today's post takes a comprehensive look at Saturday and Sunday's shenanigans. SATURDAY Neon Carnival:  Perhaps the best -- and literally the brightest -- of all of Coachella's annual parties, this late-night bad boy is presented by Nylon, Olay Fresh Effects and Guess.
October 26, 2010
It's always disgraceful when a politician uses the power of office to do special favors for big campaign donors, but when those favors involve criminal probes by people carrying guns and badges, it's even more outrageous. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca appears to have crossed that line. Times staff writer Robert Faturechi reported Monday that Baca sent a note to his chief of detectives asking him to investigate a routine lease dispute in the city of Beverly Hills, which is outside the sheriff's normal jurisdiction.
July 3, 2011 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
José Eber, the veteran hairdresser instantly recognizable by his long blond locks and jazzy cowboy hats, has launched a new salon in Beverly Hills, blocks from his former hair haven on Via Rodeo. The two-floor, 8,500-square-foot José Eber salon, formerly home to Christie's auction house, is a sprawling ode to old-school glamour, featuring 30-foot ceilings, enormous, quirky art works (by collage artist Terence Lawlor), an 18-foot sofa peppered with velvet pillows, and — on everything from the walls to the swivel chairs — the color purple, in homage to Eber's longtime friend and client, Elizabeth Taylor.
July 15, 2006
RE "Rock Idealists," by Ann Powers, July 11: Eddie Vedder declares, "We're all equals here" to those who paid (him) money to attend -- and we're separated from him by security, as well as the "VIPs" gathered at the side of the stage. That's not equality, it's hypocrisy. KERI SCAGGS Pacific Palisades
February 24, 1992
Your writer did a splendid job of research and interviewing for the article concerning Hidden Hills Feb. 9. Some cynics, albeit residents, refer to Hidden Hills as "The Gilded Ghetto." I presume their definition of ghetto is "any area in which many members of some minority live." In our case, the "minority" are hard-working, often affluent, family-oriented people. When we moved here more than 30 years ago, I was high up the totem pole in my profession and drove from Michigan in a Bentley.
April 24, 1988
I am writing with regard to your article entitled "The Perfume Wars: Giorgio Saga Continues" (by Mary Rourke, April 1). In the article, Rourke said of Beverly Hills: " . . . it's questionable whether there's any allure left about the place." Well, certainly Rourke isn't aware that Creative Artists Agency is building their new I. M. Pei-designed headquarters in the city at Wilshire and Santa Monica. The new MGM/UA headquarters will be located at Wilshire and Crescent. Giorgio Armani's exclusive boutique is coming to Rodeo Drive, joining the recently opened Polo/Ralph Lauren store.
October 3, 2010 | Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19): You may feel comfortable being yourself in all circumstances, but your loved one is not as outgoing. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Your idea about how to make money will be very different from that of your boss or colleague. Compromise will be lucrative. Gemini (May 21-June 21): It's your job to provide reassurance for those around you who need it. You may even be feeling a bit insecure yourself, but being supportive of others will give you confidence.
April 11, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
Michaeleen Gallagher captured this image of two nestling hummingbirds at the  Sunnyland Gardens in Rancho Mirage. The garden is a 9-acre, arid yet colorful landscape on the grounds of the Annenberg Retreat by Sunnylands . It's a peaceful sanctuary often used as a backdrop for meetings among national and global political leaders, most recently by President Obama and King Abdullah II of Jordan in February .  Perhaps these baby...
March 22, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
LAS VEGAS - Britney Spears was barely 10 feet away from me, dancing a sexy routine to "Freakshow. " She catches my eye and summons me closer to the stage from my seat in the audience. And no, this wasn't a dream. It was at one of her recent shows at Planet Hollywood's Axis theater, in front of a few thousand fans. One of Spears' dancers ushers me on stage. Before I know it, my arms are hoisted into the air by dancers in skimpy dominatrix costumes and Spears is closing in on me. No, there isn't a ticket you can buy to be whipped around by the pop star.
March 15, 2014
I used the Bags VIP delivery service to pick up my checked luggage at the airport on a recent trip to New York. Although the clerk at JetBlue said he knew nothing about how to affix the green Bags VIP sticker, his supervisor did. The scene in New York City is such that my bag arrived at my hotel before I did. I wish it picked up luggage at home and not just at airports, but the service is reasonable, friendly and efficient. One bag, $29.95; two bags, $39.95; three-eight bags, $49.95.
January 2, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A $140-million apartment and retail complex in Hollywood will get a shot of glamour from Los Angeles nightclub impresario Sam Nazarian. Nazarian, who also operates a string of trendy hotels and restaurants known for their playful, over-the-top decor, hopes to make the Camden seem like a cross between a resort and an upscale apartment community. Residents will share stylishly crafted common areas in the building and have special VIP access to other Nazarian-operated properties, such as the Colony nightclub and Katsuya restaurant.
September 30, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
When the "Breaking Bad" finale ended, the "Breaking Bad" party went into high gear. The sold-out screening of the finale of "Breaking Bad" at Hollywood Forever Cemetery served as the opening act for Aaron Paul's loud and jubilant VIP after-party to celebrate the end of the series that established him as one of Hollywood's hottest stars. The party was the conclusion of an event staged by Paul, who played troubled junkie Jesse Pinkman on the series, and his wife Lauren to benefit the Kind Campaign, a movement and school program bringing awareness and healing to the problem of girl-against-girl crime and bullying.
September 29, 2013
This app lifts the veil on airport lounges the world over. Yes, access is available even to the not-so-elite. Name: LoungeBuddy Available for: iPhone and iPad Cost: Free What it does: Details everything there is to know about airport lounges, including day-use costs and amenities, as well as photos and reviews. Includes 600 lounges at the 60 busiest airports in the world. What's hot: This user-friendly app goes way beyond a general list of lounges.
May 25, 1989 | David Nelson
Quite by chance, Le Meridien hotel helped the organizers of Saturday's 12th annual San Diego State University alumni awards gala with the thankless and typically tedious chore of herding VIPs from a private cocktail party to the general reception. The allures of the VIP reception, given in one of the hotel's plush villas, were sufficient to induce a feet-of-clay state in the gathering of university and Alumni & Associates principals and honorees. The majority of the guests had gathered on a lawn that offered a particularly inviting view of the Coronado Bridge and the bay's obligingly cheerful waters, and seemed reluctant to move along to the hotel ballroom until the sprinkler system, activated by a timer, sent them jogging across the grass like a covey of startled quail.
For weeks now, Tony Everfield has been planning a June vacation with his three children to Disneyland. But after watching two nights of rioting across Los Angeles on the television, Everfield was racked Friday by second thoughts. "I don't want my kids involved in seeing the violence," said the Oakland chef. "Los Angeles was a beautiful city. It just looks awful from what I've seen on the news. It will frighten the hell out of you.
August 13, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook will soon begin testing VIP-only features that make it easier for celebrities to keep close tabs on social media chatter and reach out to fans from mobile devices. The features are designed to get Page Sixers to spend more time on Facebook. In other words, Facebook is looking to borrow some of that Justin Bieber magic from a popular online celebrity hangout: Twitter. With 200 million active users, Twitter does not have the heft of Facebook. But it currently reigns as the digital king of public conversations, having made it simple and snappy for celebs to monitor what social media followers are saying about them and talk back to those followers at opportune moments.
August 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Parents always want their children to be more responsible, and this package at the Galleria Park Hotel in San Francisco might be a first step. When kids 12 and younger check the family in, they receive a travel backpack, $10 iTunes card, breakfast and a chocolate. The deal: The Kids 'R VIP offer is a twist on the "kids stay free" or "kids eat free" deals. Room prices start at $244 a night plus tax (the website says $189, but that price has sold out). The breakfast for two children applies to nearby Bread and Cocoa . (Adults pay their own way.)
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