I called Los Angeles home for six years and now, as I bid goodbye, I sift through memories that feel incompatible, discordant.
There was the endlessness of the city, horizons of concrete, as you fly into LAX. New skyscrapers rising over downtown. Dolphins leaping in the surf off Malibu. Hustlers and dreamers and visionaries inventing things, making movies, mega-mansions, plans for Mars…KeepRead On The Guardian
A stinky situation aboard an Alaska Airlines flight forced the plane to make an uncheduled landing on Sunday.
The plane, which was headed from San Francisco to New Orleans, was forced to divert to LAX when a “strong odor was detected onboard during the flight in the aft cabin,” a representative for Alaska Airlines told Fox News.
A twin-engine Cessna made an emergency landing at a shopping center parking lot in Orange County, California on Sunday, killing 5 on board.
At 12:30 p.m. the plane went down as it was headed for an emergency landing at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. The plane was enroute from Concord to Santa Ana.
No one on the ground was injured but there was extensive damage to an unoccupied car.
The plane went down 1-1/2 miles from the airport near a Staples parking lot.
Other stores near the center had been evacuated.
Information on the nature of the emergency wasn’t immediately available.
The plane had been given approval to land at John Wayne after the pilot declared an emergency.
A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety said the pilot didn’t declare a flight plan and had decided to fly under visual flight rules, which is common in good weather.
The spokesman also said “It looks like it went down pretty abruptly,” and that it had been leaking fuel but it did not ignite.
Orange County Fire Capt. Tony Bommarito said “I don’t know anything about what this pilot did or what he was thinking, but it could have been much more tragic,” and that “This was a Sunday afternoon, and we have people shopping, so the fact that we have no injuries on the ground is a miracle in itself.”
You could do Airbnb. Why not? Many do. But it can be risky. And spotting the homeowner’s half-used Kirkland toiletries in the bathroom is always a deflating sight. For visitors who yearn for more top-drawer treatment, staying at one of San Francisco’s many hotels is a must. (Also good for locals who want to get away for the night without having to leave the 7×7-mile confines of the city.)
Only the best hotels have made this cut; though keep in mind, the list is presented in no particular order. The collection includes historical stunners like the Palace, the Fairmont, the Sir Francis Drake, the Obama-approved Intercontinental (one of several SF hotels with a presidential suite), the even the kitschy coolness at the Clift.
Sometimes it’s difficult to leave your pup at home, and some hotels say they’re pet friendly when what they really mean is they’re pet tolerant. These California hotels, however, really put the welcome mat out for well-behaved canine pals.
1. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, Sausalito
Sausalito’s Casa Madrona offers a Go Fetch Package that includes welcome treats, a cozy bed, fashion-forward leashes and collars, and upscale crates, if needed. Once there, you can hike the Marin Headlands or stroll the waterfront. If your dog acts up, just point out Alcatraz in the distance and explain just how good he’s got it. 801 Bridgeway, Sausalito……Click Here To Keep Reading