| Apr 3, 2014
| 8:25 PM
Dozens of tenants are being forced to vacate a South Los Angeles building amid complaints that the city should have acted sooner to help people relocate from the squalid and dangerous apartments.
In recent years, the Hoover Street commercial building...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Dozens of people shared only three showers in the building that Patricia McDowell called home for the last 2 1/2 years. Roaches skittered across the floor, she said, and lights went out and stayed out. In recent months, McDowell said she had to run an...
| Apr 8, 2014
Gladys Martin's Expedia vacation package is missing two key components. Should she have to pay for its mistake?
Q: I'm writing you about our problems with a vacation package we booked on Expedia to Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
A few weeks before our...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 10:00 PM
This year we've all gotten way more winter than we probably want, and cabin fever seems rampant. So maybe getting out for some snow sports would be a great idea. To make that experience all the better, these rural bed-and-breakfast inns, all within 250...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Ditch the hotel, grab the kids and "chillax" in a destination with room for the entire family.
What it does: Kid & Coe offers a curated list of vacation rentals for globe-trotting families. Rent your own home or use...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:14 AM
That's what the apartment-sharing firm would have us believe. But in reality, it wasn't so major.
San Francisco-based Airbnb is probably the best-known company in the "sharing economy." Its business is matching people willing to rent out their homes...
| Sep 6, 2013
Airbnb, an online service that helps people rent rooms to travelers from around the world, has allowed hundreds of Angelenos to turn their dwellings into a potentially lucrative source of income. But the influx of short-term guests has also led some...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 12:52 PM
Anyone who pays attention to the doings of the Costa Mesa City Council knows that our city is busy updating its general plan.
The press has covered the many public meetings, creative outreach efforts and road shows aimed at getting Costa Mesa residents...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Staying at a European bed-and-breakfast is a bit like having your own temporary mother while you travel. In the morning, your hostess might help plan your day, tipping you off to the best places for lunch and about the live folk music in the village pub...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
These days, when I travel to Europe, I usually sleep in hotel rooms or bed-and-breakfasts. But in my early travel days, I routinely found places where I could sleep for free or very cheap. In Austria, I had "dear parents" who were actually the parents...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 7:30 AM
Apparently confronted by a plethora of riches in the past season of Chicago theater, the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee offered up not the traditional four or five nominees one finds at the Tony Awards, for instance, but a bevy of nominees for its...