Terri Haack has learned a lot about creating healthy environments during her 30-plus years in the hospitality business. Today, as president of Terranea Resort, a Destination Hotel, she’s the steward of the 102-acre luxury resort, perched on the Palos Verdes Peninsula south of Los Angeles. She has been with the 582-room property since 2007, two years before its 2009 opening, overseeing its construction in a delicate ecological zone to make sure it complied with strict measures to protect its seaside environment.
The Los Angeles Convention Center has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council and Informa Exhibitions for a record-shattering 90.3 percent waste diversion rate at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
“Los Angeles is leading the way in sustainability,” says Kate Hurst, vice president of community advancement, conference and events. “It was ranked as the fourth major city in the United States for LEED-certified projects in 2016 and is part of the 100 million square feet club, which made it an ideal location to host the 15th annual Greenbuild.”
Homelessness has been an increasing epidemic throughout Orange County and in Los Angeles. There have been efforts made to help alleviate the mass of abandoned veterans, with attempts to take them off the streets and provide food, water and safety. American Family Housing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to permanently ending the cycle of homelessness, has made great strides to do just that.
There are hundreds of bars in Los Angeles. Dive bars. Rooftop bars. Wine bars. Hotel bars. Cocktail bars. There are even mozzarella bars. The newest is Obicà West Hollywood, the latest outpost—and the third in LA—of the worldwide collection of cheese-eateries. Like its sisters restaurants in Santa Monica and Century City, this Sunset Strip location receives twice-weekly deliveries of Mozzarella di Bufala from old-world cheese makers in Campania, Italy.
Splacer, an online marketplace for event spaces, has expanded to the Los Angeles market. At its debut, the market had 140 listings available to book for meetings and events, including villas, lofts, museums, theaters and more.
The Mr. Plant cocktail is named for Robert Plant, legendary vocalist and lyricist of Led Zeppelin. He is one of many rock legends, including The Doors, The Who and The Rolling Stones, who used to stay at the hotel that was known as Riot House back in the day. Reports have it that Plant shouted “I am a golden god!” from a hotel balcony overlooking the Sunset Strip, inspiring the well-known scene from the movie Almost Famous. Mr. Plant has been a house favorite at the hotel since. After changing hands several times, it became Andaz West Hollywood in 2009.
According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board President & CEO Ernest Wooden Jr., Los Angeles had a record 47.3 million visitors in 2016.
This is the sixth consecutive year they have broken visitation records. The new record is 1.7 million visitors higher than 2015’s total—an increase of 3.8 percent from the previous year.
Hotel brand and management company Dream Hotel Group has announced three new hospitality executives to lead Dream Hollywood in Los Angeles: Ayo Akinsete as general manager, Kendall Viola as director of sales and marketing, and Carly Skinner as manager. The team will lead the hotel through its February 2017 launch.
We’re only a couple of weeks into 2017, and already there’s tons of good news to celebrate in Los Angeles. (Some of it, however, comes at the expense of other great California cities.) The Chargers announced that they would be relocating from San Diego to LA beginning with the 2017 NFL season. Just 12 months earlier, the Rams had returned to Los Angeles after 20 years in St. Louis. And, so, after more than 20 years without an NFL team, LA suddenly has two.
To begin 2017 with optimism and purpose, I took a class on Jan. 1 called “Mindful Intention for the New Year” at The DEN, a meditation center right in the middle of LA’s very busy La Brea Avenue. I wasn’t alone in seeking a positive beginning. The class was packed, a solid sea of meditation cushions.
So, for this first blog post of the year, I thought I’d share some tips from a recent chat I had with Joseph Emet, PhD, author of Finding the Blue Sky: A Mindful Approach to Choosing Happiness Here and Now.