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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 …

Reflagged Loews Regency San Francisco to Open as Four Seasons Hotel in 2020

Reflagged Loews Regency San Francisco to Open as Four Seasons Hotel in 2020

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced it will open a second property in the City by the Bay next year.
Currently the Loews Regency San Francisco, the 155-key Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero will be located on the top 11 floors of the city’s fourth tallest building, 345 California Center.
The hotel will undergo a top-to-bottom renovation before reopening under the Four Seasons brand. It will offer an all-day restaurant, …

Alaska Air to Offer Service from Paine Field to Palm Springs

Alaska Air to Offer Service from Paine Field to Palm Springs

Alaska Airlines announced plans to offer service from Paine Field to Palm Springs in the fall.
Alaska’s regional subsidiary Horizon Air will operate the flights using Embraer 175 aircraft with a three-class cabin. The planes will have 12 first-class recliner seats with 42” seat pitch in a 1-2 configuration, 12 premium-economy lite seats in a 2-2 configuration with 18.5” width and 36” seat pitch, and 52 seats in coach.
The Seattle-based airline …

United Airlines Commits to Expanding Use of Aviation Biofuel

United Airlines Commits to Expanding Use of Aviation Biofuel

United Airlines, which became the first airline to use sustainable aviation biofuel on a regular basis in 2016, said Thursday it had committed to purchasing up to ten million gallons of biofuel over the next two years.
The biofuel is currently used on every flight departing from the airline’s Los Angeles International Airport hub.  The contract is with World Energy, its current supplier.
“Investing in sustainable aviation biofuel is one of the …

Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

Amtrak announced it has placed new diesel-electric locomotives into service on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner routes.
The railroad acquired Siemens Charger locomotives for service between San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo.
The Siemens Charger is a family of diesel-electric passenger locomotives manufactured by Siemens Mobility specifically for the North American market. The Charger is the first passenger locomotive to receive Tier 4 emissions certification from the Environmental Protection …

Synagogue Shooting in California, 1 Dead, 3 Injured

Synagogue Shooting in California, 1 Dead, 3 Injured

A gunman walked into a synagogue in the San Diego area and opened fire on the congregation, authorities said.
One person was killed and three were injured in the attack.
The shooting took place at the Chabad of Poway on Chabad Way in Poway, where approximately 100 people were present.
The city’s mayor, Steve Vaus, called the shooting a “hate crime” given what the shooter reportedly said as he entered the synagogue.
Police later …