UPDATE FEB 29 12:31 P.M.: The clock ticked past the Friday afternoon deadline last week given by Anaheim community leaders who vowed to legally challenge the $158 million dollar tax giveaway GardenWalk hotel project. An invitation to city officials and one of the hoteliers to sit down at the tab ... More >>
Anaheim residents filed into an auditorium at St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church last night for a KABC-TV Channel 7 town hall. The space in the heavily Latino neighborhood is usually situated for bingo nights, but a majority of the capacity crowd attended in order to express anger for a city coun ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 8, 10:41 A.M.: The ballots have been counted and the results announced. The fierce feud is over.An "overwhelming majority" of UNITE HERE Local 11 members who cast ballots yesterday voted in support of the new collective bargaining agreement with Disneyland Resort.
The newly ratified ... More >>
Companies worth billions demand taxpayer gifts againThe Orange County Board of Supervisors is on the verge of subsidizing local tourism businesses with $150,000 in taxpayer funds.According to the agenda for the all-Republican board's Oct. 25 meeting, the Orange County Tourism Council--which inclu ... More >>
Brown University will stop investing in HEI Hotels & Resorts, a hotel investment company that's been accused of violating workers' rights. Two properties involved in the labor battle include the HEI-owned Long Beach Hilton, whose workers claimed they were denied their 10-minute breaks require ... More >>
For anyone who has wondered what dedication for a cause is, it's something like cycling 512 miles to support music programs for children with Autism and related disorders. Anthony Riedelsheimer and Danny Thompson (drummer for punk band Face to Face), the founders of the Music Factory School of Mu ... More >>
HEI Hotels & Resorts just sold the 293-suite Embassy Suites Irvine-Orange County
Airport for an undisclosed price.The Norwalk, Conn.-based investor in hotel
properties reportedly says the sale will allow it to implement further cost-cutting at the hotel by managing the property. But it also ... More >>
Bellmen, bartenders and housekeepers at the Hilton Irvine/John Wayne Airport won raises, a $400 employee bonus and free, full family healthcare under their first-ever, just-ratified contract, UNITE HERE Local 11 announced today."Finally, we've won the respect and benefits we deserve," Manuel ... More >>
Photo by Megan BresciniHotel workers and supporters picket Disney in February.Disneyland Resort is engaged in "unfair labor practices" with its hotel workers, charges the National Labor Relations Board, which has scheduled an August hearing on the matter.Disney, which has three hotels in Anaheim, ... More >>
flickr user dzinerHunter Weeks takes a break from Ride the Divide to check his email."I was intrigued by the people who were
doing this race. We had everything from a 'super vegan' who tried to
make it only eating raw foods to a guy riding a fixed gear mountain bike and
was on his third attempt t ... More >>
New vacancies!Perhaps you followed the dust-up over at the Extended Stay America on Skylab Road in Huntington Beach after police handed out fliers to alert visitors five registered sex offenders were living at the hotel.Now, Extended Stay America has pulled away the welcome mat.
Dealer goes bust!The 338-room Ritz-Carlton Las Vegas opened in 2003 in then-fast-growing South Nevada community of Lake Las Vegas, 17 miles from the Strip. The AAA Five Diamond, Mediterranean-styled, $170 million hotel boasts vine-covered trellises and balconies, balustrades, shaded
loggias and ... More >>
NEWS ITEM: The parent company of Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park announced it has agreed to a buyout. Ohio-based Cedar Fair Entertainment--which, besides Snott's, owns 10 other amusement parks, seven water parks and five hotels across the U.S. and Canada--says the $2.4 billion transaction with a ... More >>
We missed this item on the LA Times's Funland blog on Monday. Apparently, Irvine water park Wild Rivers, which has spent the better part of its decade proclaiming it would soon shut down but never actually doing so, may finally see its last day in 2010.In its place would be a seemingly identical ... More >>
Close readers of everything that Clockwork churns out for your viewing enjoyment may have caught the July 31 post on online bookings being the lone bright spot in a travel industry that will continue to
be brutally battered well into 2010. That was based on the findings of market research fi ... More >>
PhoCusWright Inc., a market research firm with offices in Connecticutt, New York and Europe, has found a lone bright spot in a travel industry that will continue to be brutally battered well into 2010: online bookings.
"The main online travel agencies should benefit from the ... More >>
It's pretty well-known that I'll go almost anywhere I'm invited if there's free food and booze, but some invites make more sense than others. Movie premieres, I understand. Art gallery openings, sure. But a meeting held by a package tour company to pitch their getaways to local travel agents? I mean ... More >>
As the host of KOCE's Inside OC, you nearly have a monopoly when it comes to getting important stories on local television.
I watched a rerun tonight of your recent interview with embattled OC Treasurer/Tax Collector Chriss (I'm sick of people emailing me on this. His first name is spel ... More >>