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By Cindy Frazier | April 23, 2009
Laguna Beach is known for its beautiful coastline and talented artists, but some are hoping the city will have a new drawing-card — as a “green” destination. To that end, GreenLagunaBeach.com launched on April 22, Earth Day, as “a comprehensive clearinghouse for all things green in Laguna Beach,” according to a statement from the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau, which developed the site in cooperation with the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Waste Management.
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By: Dan Beighley | September 16, 2005
The summer tourist season in Laguna was brisk this year, with visitors from far and near traipsing into town to experience Laguna's art venues, beaches, restaurants and hotels. Veteran merchants also took note of a new attraction driving trade. The TV shows "The OC" and "Laguna Beach: The Real OC" have made an undeniable impression on fans seeking to experience the stomping grounds of their favorite cast members and perhaps meet the stars in person.
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.
NEWS
May 10, 2002
-- Suzie Harrison A city tax levied last July on hotels and motels to promote tourism and the arts may be extended another year. The advisory board on the tax project is recommending the continuation of the assessment for an additional 12 months, setting a public hearing for May 21. City staff will send notices of a public bearing to the city's hotels and motels, which are subject to the assessment. Each business will have the opportunity to protest the extension of the tax. At the May 21 Council meeting, any protests will be reviewed by the City Council.
BUSINESS
By Josh Aden | January 25, 2008
Tourism is a major part of Laguna Beach?s economy and the beach is the main attraction. So it may not be a surprise that one Laguna hotel has launched a package aimed at environmentalism. Vacation Village partnered with extreme athlete Tom Jones to offer the Wipeout travel package, an environmentally-geared promotion. The package includes discounted room rates and a chance to win surf lessons from Jones. A percentage of each Wipeout package will be donated to Jones? Plastic-Free Ocean.
NEWS
March 18, 2005
Denny Freidenrich The combination of foul winter weather, questions about OPEC production, and a weaker than normal dollar are fueling another run-up in oil and gas prices. Earlier this week, the price of crude hit an all-time high of $57 a barrel and climbing. It is so serious, industry experts like T. Boone Pickens, the Texas oilman who created Mesa Petroleum, and John Cook, the head of the petroleum division of the Energy Information Administration, are beginning to ask the question: Is $60 a barrel for oil on the horizon?
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 3, 2011
Once upon a time, Laguna hotels were filled in the winter with Canadians. But the snowbirds from the north began flocking to Las Vegas, leaving Laguna's hotels with more vacancies than visitors from the end of summer to the beginning of June. What to do? Frustrated Laguna's hoteliers came up with the notion to publicize the city as more than a day at the beach — a destination resort — and turned to the Chamber of Commerce for funding. Led by the late Claes Andersen , hotel owners and managers originally saw themselves as a committee of the chamber, but a series of increasingly uncooperative meetings convinced the rebels that the chamber was not on the same page.
NEWS
By Candice Baker and Josh Aden | July 26, 2007
Laguna Beach is no longer "The Real Orange County." MTV's hit TV show has moved north to greener pastures. The network has announced that the show's fourth season will be "Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County," and will feature teens from Newport Harbor High School. The season will premiere Aug. 15. The show's move follows a decline in ratings in its third season, when a new crop of Laguna kids was selected to star but failed to make waves. Rumors and sightings of the show's filming in Newport have circulated for months, following rumors that a fourth season in Laguna had been begun but then stopped.
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By Barbara Diamond | March 14, 2008
Wall Street jitters may be plaguing investors and property owners? nerves concerned about real estate industry woes, but City Hall has not been afflicted ? yet. City revenue is up over estimates for the first two quarters of the fiscal year and expenditures have not exceeded expectations, according to the quarterly financial report, which covers July-December 2007. However, city officials and the business community are keeping wary eyes on the future because of indications that the revenue stream may level off, if not decrease, in the rest of the 2008.
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By Barbara Diamond | November 23, 2011
Waste Management has lauded the city's recycling efforts, but residents are urging city officials to go even greener to improve the environment and draw eco-tourism. Going green could bring in more green, speakers told the City Council Nov. 15. "I believe branding Laguna as the premier eco-destination has great possibilities," said businesswoman Theresa Cordova. "If enough people like the restaurant industry, and the Chamber of Commerce and city were behind it, it could be a big marketing boom.
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By Barbara Diamond | March 3, 2011
Once upon a time, Laguna hotels were filled in the winter with Canadians. But the snowbirds from the north began flocking to Las Vegas, leaving Laguna's hotels with more vacancies than visitors from the end of summer to the beginning of June. What to do? Frustrated Laguna's hoteliers came up with the notion to publicize the city as more than a day at the beach — a destination resort — and turned to the Chamber of Commerce for funding. Led by the late Claes Andersen , hotel owners and managers originally saw themselves as a committee of the chamber, but a series of increasingly uncooperative meetings convinced the rebels that the chamber was not on the same page.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | October 7, 2010
Environmental issues dominated the Oct. 5 City Council Agenda. Five of the 11 items heard in the regular order of business were directly related to improving or preserving the environment. Three others had peripheral effects. "I don't want any of you 'greenies' to miss a minute of it," Councilwoman Verna Rollinger said. Arthur Winer, professor of environmental health services at UCLA, briefed the council on the implications of the peak oil production for Laguna Beach.
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.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | April 23, 2009
Laguna Beach is known for its beautiful coastline and talented artists, but some are hoping the city will have a new drawing-card — as a “green” destination. To that end, GreenLagunaBeach.com launched on April 22, Earth Day, as “a comprehensive clearinghouse for all things green in Laguna Beach,” according to a statement from the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau, which developed the site in cooperation with the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Waste Management.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 14, 2008
Wall Street jitters may be plaguing investors and property owners? nerves concerned about real estate industry woes, but City Hall has not been afflicted ? yet. City revenue is up over estimates for the first two quarters of the fiscal year and expenditures have not exceeded expectations, according to the quarterly financial report, which covers July-December 2007. However, city officials and the business community are keeping wary eyes on the future because of indications that the revenue stream may level off, if not decrease, in the rest of the 2008.
BUSINESS
By Josh Aden | January 25, 2008
Tourism is a major part of Laguna Beach?s economy and the beach is the main attraction. So it may not be a surprise that one Laguna hotel has launched a package aimed at environmentalism. Vacation Village partnered with extreme athlete Tom Jones to offer the Wipeout travel package, an environmentally-geared promotion. The package includes discounted room rates and a chance to win surf lessons from Jones. A percentage of each Wipeout package will be donated to Jones? Plastic-Free Ocean.
NEWS
By Candice Baker and Josh Aden | August 2, 2007
Laguna Beach is no longer "The Real Orange County." MTV's hit TV show has moved north to greener pastures. The network has announced that the show's fourth season will be "Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County," and will feature teens from Newport Harbor High School. The season will premiere Aug. 15. The show's move follows a decline in ratings in its third season, when a new crop of Laguna kids was selected to star but failed to make waves. Rumors and sightings of the show's filming in Newport have circulated for months, following rumors that a fourth season in Laguna had been begun but then stopped.
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