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By Barbara Diamond | August 14, 2009
Athens Group confirmed on Tuesday speculation that the Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan had been put on hold. The decision was attributed to the economy, which hospitality industry watchdogs report has a chokehold on Orange County’s luxury hotels, two of which are in Laguna Beach. “After much deliberation, project investors have decided to indefinitely suspend the Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan process,” Athens Group’s Vice President John Mansour said in a statement issued Tuesday.
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By Josh Aden | October 25, 2007
Laguna Beach hotels are brimming with people who have had to flee their homes in the face of flames because of the weeklong firestorm. Many local hotels are doing what they can to make the difficult process more comfortable for people who don’t know whether they will ever see their homes again. Garrett Woo, the desk manager of Hotel Laguna, said the hotel is at full capacity. “We’ve been really almost full mostly with evacuees,” Woo said. Like many hotels in town, the Surf & Sand Resort is waiving many policies to accommodate victims of the fire.
NEWS
November 21, 2012
Adopt a local family during the holidays Laguna Resource Center needs residents, churches and businesses to adopt local low-income families for the holiday season, according to a news release. Most of the families selected work in the Laguna Beach hospitality industry earning minimum wage, and many have reduced hours due to it being the off season. A large number of the families also have children attending local schools. Numerous families have asked to be adopted, but so far only 40 local families have been selected, the release said.
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By Laura Rico, UC Irvine | February 16, 2009
Graduate student Sara Kirker first noticed how the service industry affects the environment while working as a waitress at a resort in her native Hawaii. “Food preparation has a huge impact on the environment,” says Kirker, who is pursuing a master’s in urban and regional planning at UC Irvine. “Switching to ceramic cups from paper and buying locally grown foods can really make a difference.” When she moved to Southern California, Kirker vowed to learn how local businesses were reducing their resource consumption and show them ways to be more environmentally friendly.
NEWS
September 17, 2004
Barbara Diamond Mayor Cheryl Kinsman and Councilwoman Toni Iseman formed a rare partnership Tuesday. They will seek to enlist the Chamber of Commerce in an effort to make the free weekend tram service a success. "I want to ask the chamber about getting Downtown employees to park at Act V and use the trolleys," Iseman said. Downtown employee parking has been seen as a major impediment to freeing up parking spaces for residents and visitors. "I have been pushing for this for years, but I thought this was premature," longtime resident Carolyn Wood said.
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By Ashley Breeding | November 20, 2009
As kids growing up in Laguna Beach, friends Nick Sheridan, Dan Wacholder and Bret Englander would spend their free time together on projects like making pottery for the Sawdust Festival, remodeling old sailboats and fixing up rundown RVs that they would journey along the West Coast in. More than a decade later but still inspired by their shared passion for design, the trio — now an architect, engineer and a business analyst — have...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Noone | August 15, 2008
Move over, mixologists: Here come the flair bartenders. Mozambique Steakhouse will be hosting the inaugural ?Shake, Rattle and Pour: OC?s Best Bartender Competition? Monday at 7 p.m. ?Flair bartending is such a fun and entertaining part of the hospitality industry that goes unnoticed in Orange County,? said Caitlin Smith, a public relations representative for Mozambique Steakhouse. ?So we thought why not have a competition to show off the best of the best?? Selected restaurant bartenders from the Orange County area will choose one of three Mondays (Aug.
BUSINESS
By Jonathan Oyama | April 9, 2010
The Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau is hoping the recently enacted Travel Promotion Act will increase tourism and create new travel-oriented jobs. The law ? which provides direct aid for cities to promote themselves to overseas travelers ? was signed by President Obama on March 4. According to a press release from the bureau, the law would support about 4,000 travel-dependent jobs in Laguna Beach. It would also provide money for cities to promote U.S. tourism to international visitors.
BUSINESS
By Barbara Diamond | September 20, 2007
Summer business in Laguna was up — down — flat, depending on who’s talking. Until sales tax figures are released, reports are anecdotal; but veterans of the business community can make “guesstimates” and speculate why. “This summer started off strong,” said longtime Laguna Beach businessman George Nelson, owner of Fawn Memories on Forest Avenue. “July was good, but business dropped off in August when it was extremely hot. MTV spoiled merchants like me. That was a boom, and I can’t get near those numbers now. “Don’t get me wrong.
NEWS
April 16, 2004
Barbara Diamond Laguna Beach put on a show Tuesday night for some of the most influential people in the tourist industry. About 160 Southern California concierges -- the people hotel's employ to keep tourists happy -- attended Laguna Beach Concierge Night, sponsored by "Where Magazine" and the Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau and held at [seven-degrees]. "We have twice the number of concierges that came to the first show in 2003," said Kathleen Spaglione, bureau executive director.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 14, 2009
Athens Group confirmed on Tuesday speculation that the Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan had been put on hold. The decision was attributed to the economy, which hospitality industry watchdogs report has a chokehold on Orange County’s luxury hotels, two of which are in Laguna Beach. “After much deliberation, project investors have decided to indefinitely suspend the Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan process,” Athens Group’s Vice President John Mansour said in a statement issued Tuesday.
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By Josh Aden | October 25, 2007
Laguna Beach hotels are brimming with people who have had to flee their homes in the face of flames because of the weeklong firestorm. Many local hotels are doing what they can to make the difficult process more comfortable for people who don’t know whether they will ever see their homes again. Garrett Woo, the desk manager of Hotel Laguna, said the hotel is at full capacity. “We’ve been really almost full mostly with evacuees,” Woo said. Like many hotels in town, the Surf & Sand Resort is waiving many policies to accommodate victims of the fire.
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