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Fairmont Hotel in San Jose Evacuated After Chemical Used in Suicide Sickens Guests, Employees

Fairmont Hotel in San Jose Evacuated After Chemical Used in Suicide Sickens Guests, Employees

The Fairmont San Jose hotel in downtown San Jose, California, was partially evacuated after chemicals used in an apparent suicide sent several people to the hospital.
Hotel workers found a woman dead in a room on the 19th floor shortly before 10 a.m. and detected a chemical odor. Police and firefighters responded to the scene and assisted with the evacuation.
Nine hotel employees and guests were treated at the scene and taken …

Hotel Employee in Long Beach Planned Mass Shooting

Hotel Employee in Long Beach Planned Mass Shooting

A disgruntled employee at the Long Beach Marriott in California was arrested on charges of planning a mass shooting that would have included coworkers and guests at the property, city police said.
The employee, Rodolfo Montoya, was turned in by colleagues at the hotel after he told one coworker of his unhappiness with a human-resources issue and related his plans to retaliate by shooting guests and other employees at the hotel.
Montoya …

Southwest Airlines to Add Sacramento-Honolulu Service Next Year

Southwest Airlines to Add Sacramento-Honolulu Service Next Year

Southwest Airlines announced plans to add service from Sacramento to Honolulu early next year as well as new non-stop service between both Oakland and San Jose to both Kauai and the Island of Hawaii.
The service to Lihue Airport on Kauai and to Hilo International Airport will be the airline’s first to those destinations.
Flights from Sacramento International Airport to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport will commence in mid-January.
Southwest will operate the …

SFO to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

SFO to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

San Francisco International Airport said Friday it would ban single-use plastic water bottles in shops and restaurants starting later this month, a move believed to be unprecedented in the United States.
“Airport tenants, vendors, and permittees may not provide or sell bottled water in containers that contain plastic or aseptic paper packaging, including in vending machines,” the airport authority said on its website, adding that reusable water bottle, recyclable aluminum and …

Grand Hyatt at San Francisco Airport to Open in October

Grand Hyatt at San Francisco Airport to Open in October

Hyatt Hotels announced it will open a Grand Hyatt at San Francisco International Airport later this year.
The 12-story hotel replaces the 1959 Hilton Inn at SFO, which was known for its digital clock tower that loomed over Highway 101.  It closed in 1998 to make room for new freeway exit ramps. The new Hyatt is located next to the International Terminal and has its own AirTrain station that leads directly …

1 West Hollywood Opens in Los Angeles

1 West Hollywood Opens in Los Angeles

Starwood Capital Group announced on Wednesday the opening of 1 West Hollywood.
Formerly the Jeremy, the property underwent a complete renovation to become a 1 Hotel. Its décor uses raw materials such as reclaimed timber and steel, as well as recycled fiber carpeting, in keeping with a Southern California ethos.
The 285-key property is the hotelier’s fourth 1 Hotel, after properties in Miami, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.
“1 Hotel West Hollywood will be a sanctuary …

Los Angeles and Southern California Rocked by 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake, Second in Two Days

Los Angeles and Southern California Rocked by 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake, Second in Two Days

LOS ANGELES—A second earthquake that was 11 times as strong as Thursday’s hit southern California on Friday.
The powerful 7.1-magnitude quake, which hit at 8:19 p.m. local time, swayed buildings and cracked street pavement and building foundations in the region. It was the largest earthquake to hit the region in over 20 years.
The earthquake struck 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, a Mojave Desert town 150 miles (241 kilometers) from Los …