Archive for September, 2010

LA Adventure Specialist - 8:24 30 September 2010

LAX – Just the Facts

Los Angeles Municipal Airport (Mines Field) which, after the war, became Los Angeles International Airport, was used extensively during the war by the Army Air Forces, Navy and local aircraft manufacturers, and continued to function as a commercial airport. The Air Transport Command and Air Technical Service Command had operations here and their was a large military air freight terminal.  Today when we fly over lax on our private Los Angeles helicopter tours, the landscape looks dramatically different.

October 1, 1928
Los Angeles Municipal Airport, originally known as Mines Field, begins operation.
The first structure, Hangar No. 1, is built.
June 7, 1930
Official dedication
December 5, 1946
Commercial airline service begins.
June 1961
Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicates the new Jet Age Satellite terminals.
October 1, 1978
50th Anniversary of LAX
November, 1983
Second-level roadway and ticketing connector buildings are completed.
January 1984
Terminal One is completed.
June 11, 1984
Official dedication of the Tom Bradley International Terminal
July 1984
LAX welcomes participants and spectators to the XXIII Olympic Games.
June 1991
Hangar No. 1, refurbished in 1990, is accepted as a National Historic Landmark and listed in the Register of Historical Places.
December 18, 1992
Los Angeles City Council designates the Theme Building, built in 1961, as a City Cultural and Historical Monument.
December 5, 1996
50th Anniversary of commercial airline service at LAX.
January 31, 1997
Encounter Restaurant in the Theme Building, with its space-age interior opens.
August 2000
LAX Lighting Ceremony for pylons.
New Gateway to Southern California
October 1, 2003
LAX celebrates its 75th anniversary.


The airport occupies 3,425 acres (1,386 hectares) within the City of Los Angeles Reference point coordinates are 33o 56′ north latitude by 118o 24′ west longitude. Elevation is 125.55 feet

General Statistics

  • LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world based on number of passengers.
  • In 2006, 61 million passengers used LAX (16.9 million international; 44.1 million domestic).
  • LAX ranks eleventh worldwide in tons of air cargo handled, with more than 2 million tons of freight and mail shipped in 2006.
  • There were 656,842 operations (takeoffs and landings) in 2006.
  • LAX has nearly 25,000 parking spaces.
  • Approximately 80 passenger carriers and 20 cargo carriers serve LAX, including all major airlines. There are nine terminals with more than 140 aircraft parking spots for commercial airlines.
  • Area in the terminals total 3,829,052 square feet (355,860 square meters). Cargo terminals have over two million square feet of handling area.
  • The airport has four east/west parallel runways: 24R/6L is 8,925 ft.; 24L/6R is 10,285 ft.; 25R/7L is 12,090 ft.; and 25L/7R is 11,095 ft. All are 150 feet wide except for 25L/7R which is 200 ft. wide.
  • The FAA Control Tower began operation in April 1996. It stands 277 feet above ground and utilizes state-of-the-art equipment. The old Control Tower, built in 1961, is 172 feet tall and served LAX for 35 years.


  • The annual budget for LAX is more than $524.1 million for 2008.
  • LAX contributes $61 billion to the economy each year or $167 million each day.
  • Approximately 408,000 jobs are directly or indirectly due to the airport, including more than 59,000 jobs at 254 firms at the airport itself.
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LA Adventure Specialist - 8:11 29 September 2010

Staying Relevant in Hollywood

It’s growingly increasingly common in the world of Hollywood that movie stars become wildly successful early on, and then their stars quickly fade. The stars featured during sightseeing tours Los Angeles just a few years ago often are the butt of jokes now or cautionary tales for the new wave of talent. To that end, staying power seems to be a relic of old Hollywood. But for moviegoers that are looking for established actors and actresses, don’t fear. There are a few people that have managed to stay in the limelight for decades. Of that select group, Richard Gere is one of the most famous.

Richard Gere first captured the collective heart of America with movies such as “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Pretty Woman.” These Richard Gere movies helped kick off his career, but even he wasn’t aware that these films would only mark the beginning of his time in Hollywood. Proving relevant in the modern age of film as well, Gere gained equal notoriety for works such as “Runaway Bride” and “Chicago.”

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LA Adventure Specialist - 8:29 28 September 2010

HARVEST FESTIVAL at Long Beach Convention Center / October 1-3 2010

Where can you find 24,000 handmade items within your budget just in time for the holidays? The Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show, October 1-3 at the Long Beach Convention Center! It’s the ultimate shopping, entertainment and gourmet food experience with over 250 exhibitors, food booths, concert performances, fun for the kids, crafting demonstrations, and more. Long Beach is always a favorite to fly over with our clients that book private Los Angeles Helicopter tours. New this year, free health screenings are offered for patrons. For tickets call 800-346-1212 or go to

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LA Adventure Specialist - 1:06 27 September 2010

Wine and Food Festival of Santa Monica 10-2-10

Wine and Food Festival of Santa Monica

The Wine and Food Festival of Santa Monica is situated in the most ideal location surrounded by exquisite neighborhoods not the mention the breathtaking pacific ocean, the city of Santa Monica is the perfect location to pair loyal wine lovers with world-renowned spirits and fine delicacies. Enjoy cooking and wine tasting classes plus a full fun day set to soft music near the ocean. After flying over the festival on one of our private Los Angeles helicopter tours, I plan on visiting with our clients.  The Eddie Resto Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform Latin jazz.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Southern California.

Price: $40 general admission $65 VIP admission

Phone: (310) 855-3737

@ Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  11:30am – 7pm

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LA Adventure Specialist - 4:08 16 September 2010

Elvis in Hollywood

During his time in the limelight, Elvis wore many professional hats. He was known, of course, for his various concerts, performances, and albums, but he also more than dabbled in film. To that end, Elvis made his film debut in 1956 with the musical “Love Me Tender.” Proving marketable, the majority of Elvis’s movies would be musical in nature. Many were also comedies, including some of the better known titles such as “Loving You” and “Blue Hawaii.”

Films such as “Jailhouse Rock” were more dramatic, but like tried and true Elvis movies, they had their musical interludes. During his parallel film career, Elvis took to the screen twice in non-musical roles. This was for the films “Flaming Star” and “Charro.” Film roles that Elvis was offered but ultimately declined included the male lead in “A Star is Born,” the lead in “West Side Story,” and the role that ultimately went to Jon Voight in “Midnight Cowboy.” Now when you take a Hollywood tour, you can see Elvis’s star with other greats on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 8:09 15 September 2010

Gjelina – Venice, CA

gjelinaFormerly at Westwood’s W hotel, liberated chef Travis Lett,  is in this Venice spot, with its quirky chandeliers, unvarnished wood appointments, and cozy courtyard, his cooking has taken on an elemental quality that revolves around the wood-fired oven. Vegetables such as cauliflower and sunchokes are roasted before being accented with chile flakes or charred rosemary. A pepper-spiked sauce adds a fiery glow to brandade croquettes. Smoked tomato butter does something wickedly good to flatiron steak with grilled beets.

On private Hollywood tours, pizza is often a comparative coastal analysis filled with passion and a touch of ego.  I always try to lead people in to a “not better, just different” frame of mind.   The long wait for a seat—the pair of communal tables by the bar are overflowing as well—is worth it in a restaurant imbued with such devotion to craft. » 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd. , Venice , 310-450-1429.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 12:46 13 September 2010

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Event 9-14-10

VictoriaTuesday 09.14.2010 @ 5:00pm

Venue: Los Angeles (click here for venue details)

Celebrate the launch of Victoria’s Secret Beauty’s Bombshell Fragrance with our very own Bombshells!

LA: Tuesday, September 14th

Models: Alessandra, Candice, Adriana, Chanel, Erin

Victoria’s Secret, The Grove

6301 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles

Time: 5-8PM

I remember the last time one of these events happened during a private Hollywood Tour, it drew a huge crowd.  Ladies, perhaps it is a good day to take your husband or boyfriend  to Victoria’s Secret, he’ll probably be there anyway!

*Receive a personalized autograph and makeover with the purchase of any product from our Victoria’s Secret Bombshell collection.
*Bombshell makeovers with our VS Makeup Supermodel Artist Team.
*Please call 877-883-5794 to schedule your makeover appointment.
*Walk-ins are also welcome.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 12:21 12 September 2010

Pitching Your Project Powerfully™ Monday 9-13-10

Strategy Coaching™ Presents
Strategy for Actors & Filmmakers™

Pitching Your Project Powerfully™

Career Strategies for Entertainment Industry Professionals and Creative EntrepreneursEveryone in the entertainment business has to pitch. Whether you are a writer, director, producer, executive, agent, or even an actor, at some point you will need to effectively sell your project or your participation in a project.

So, have you ever wondered what makes a pitch great and saleable? What are the necessary elements? And how do you condense them into a short presentation that doesn’t feel like a “presentation”?

Strategy Coaching™ founder Shawn Tolleson has sold a feature pitch to Warner Bros., and pitched episodic television all the way to the network level– as an unknown, without a television track record, enrolling a well-known director, top-tier agency, showrunner, established production company, and television studio. Out of her collaboration with established directors and producers, she has developed this workshop to bridge the gap between the novice and the experienced professional by breaking down the elements of a successful pitch.  Often times on my private Hollywood Tours; conversation on this topic comes up, and I encourage visitors to attend events like this for some interesting insight.

During this workshop you will learn the key elements of effective entertainment pitching, including feature, episodic television, and webisode pitches. After breaking down the different types of pitches, you will participate in a workshop putting the different elements and tools to use.

6773 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Cost: $39.

To Register: Go to, click on “Strategy Coaching(TM) Programs”, then “Strategy for Actors & Filmmakers(TM)”.

For More Information: Visit, email, or call 323-387-3411.

Mon Sep 13 (7pm-10pm) – Registration starts at 6:45, so arrive early

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LA Adventure Specialist - 4:19 11 September 2010

Free Sunday Comedy 9-12-10


I.O. West’s Mainstage Sketch Show presents sketches based on the audience suggestion ‘Chocolate’.

One ticket gets you 2 shows! Performing with PopCo (Christopher Biewer, Steve Brewster, George Caleodis, Eliana Horeczko, Melissa Okey, Jim Rodman, Ray Stakenas)

$3 drink specials all night long! After the show, hang out at the iO West bar for cheap booze!

FREE TICKETS!! When it comes to “things to do in Hollywood” I am always pointing out local theater events on my private Hollywood tour.  You never know when you are going to encounter the next Will Ferrell “before” he is discovered!  After all, Hollywood is the place where many of them are sharpening their comedic teeth!

–RSVP “Attending” and leave a comment letting us know if you have guests. You will be on the guest list.
–Or email letting us know your name and how many tickets. No limits or restrictions on tickets. No drink minimum.  Or call: Tel. 323.962.7560


Tommy Bechtold
Sean Cowhig
John Druska
Rachel Kimsey
Lauren Miller
John Moody
Rebecca Stevens
James Warfield

Written by:

Jessie Birschbach
Quinn Callens
Benjy Kaplan
Alan Lebetkin
Howard Shur
Paul Straw

Directed by:

Scott Garner

6366 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028 map
district: Los Angeles

Tel. 323.962.7560

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LA Adventure Specialist - 4:06 11 September 2010

Los Angeles 9/11 events 2010

Los Angeles – Events will be held throughout Southern California Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The events will begin with a “9-11 Sunrise Vigil” at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in downtown Los Angeles, with a theme of emphasizing religious freedom.

Across town, Pepperdine University will host a brief prayer service at the Heroes Garden, a 14,880-square-foot outdoor garden honoring victims of the attacks. The university will display one flag for each of the nearly 3,000 people who died.

In Santa Monica, 20-minute 9/11 remembrance ceremonies will be held at fire stations on Seventh Street, Hollister Avenue, 19th Street and Ashland Avenue.

The Long Beach fire and police departments will hold a 9/11 ceremony to remember those who lost their lives.

The Beverly Hills City Council will host a Day of Remembrance at the Beverly Hills Fire Department headquarters, featuring remarks from Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Santa Monica, and Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood. The council will also break ground on a memorial that will include a piece of steel from the World Trade Center towers.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and hundreds of volunteers will participate in two service projects in South Los Angeles: a community clean up, mural painting and plaque dedication at the Stanford-Avalon Farm and the completion of the garden at Gompers Middle School.

Also Saturday, WeAreChangeLA will distribute DVDs at three “Truth” stations around the Santa Monica Pier area as part of its “9/11 Truth 2010” event which I will be pointing out on my private LA tours.

In the evening, LAFD fire station 88 on Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks will host its annual Sept. 11 candlelight vigil and remembrance ceremony for fallen firefighters. The fire station — the home of Task Force I, an elite squad of Urban Search and Rescue teams that deployed to Ground Zero — has an exterior 9/11 memorial, which includes a plaque and a steel girder from the World Trade Center.

The 9/11 Memorial Fountain at the Sherman Oaks fire station is the only certified 9/11 memorial in the state that has artifacts from both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The fountain boasts a 750-pound steel girder from the Trade Center and a block of limestone from the Pentagon, both of which are embedded in a tiled fountain in front of the facade of the fire station.

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