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March 2019

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Big Bus Tours Launches in SoCal

Big Bus Tours, the world’s largest privately-owned operator of open-top sightseeing tours launched in Los Angeles, providing visitors with a premier introduction to the “City of Angels,” with entertaining commentary from live guides; a never-before-available experience in L.A. Technology advancements Big Bus Tours has implemented in the last few years, include a Free Big Bus Tours app with digital content to aid travelers plan their short stay, free on-board Wi-Fi, Real-Time Bus Tracking and the ability for customers to locate their nearest stop through the new mobile app. Big Bus Tours Los Angeles provides an expansive way for visitors to discover all that Los Angeles has to offer, with two comprehensive loops including the ‘Hollywood Loop’ and ‘Beach Loop’, covering over 20 hop-on hop-off stops for tourists to enjoy ‘must- see’ landmarks in the famous city. Customers can hop on and soak up the memorable storytelling from entertaining live guides or sit back and enjoy recorded commentary, available in 9 languages, while enjoying the views of the famous Hollywood Sign. With flexibility to hop off, visitors can delve into the LA lifestyle and explore the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive, or take in the laid back setting of Santa Monica…

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Preparing For Earthquakes

Five years ago, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck on the Puente Hills fault in La Habra and produced shaking felt across several Southern California counties. More than a hundred aftershocks followed during the next few days, including a magnitude 4.1 quake just a few miles away. The 2014 La Habra quake delivered a reminder to Southern Californians that even moderate earthquakes can cause damage—in this case, power outages, ruptured water mains, rock slides (including one that caused a car to overturn), broken glass and even damage that caused some homes to become uninhabitable—so it’s important to be prepared. “About three-quarters of the homes in the area where the strongest shaking occurred were built before 1980—before seismic building codes were in place statewide,” said California Earthquake Authority (CEA) CEO Glenn Pomeroy. “If that quake had been stronger, we could have seen more damage to older houses, as well as to newer houses, businesses and infrastructure.” Scientists project that a damaging earthquake could strike Southern California again at any time. The latest Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast states that there’s a 93 percent chance of one or more magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquakes—the same magnitude as the 1994 Northridge earthquake and one…

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Close-To-Home Spring Break Escape

Spring Break might only be seven days long, but just one day in Little Tokyo provides endless possibilities for exploration and exposure to another culture without having to leave Los Angeles. With unlimited eateries, museums, exhibitions, and an outdoor walking retail district, Go Little Tokyo provides a convenient and budget-friendly adventure close to home. Experience an action-packed day of memorable experiences and immersive lessons suitable for kids and just as fun for adults and teens in tow. Go Little Tokyo presents a curated lesson plan of the top five reasons to Spring Break in one of LA’s most vibrant neighborhoods. ARTS & CULTURE: Japan LA, a boutique anime culture shop, provides an insider’s look into the crossover of Japanese and Los Angeles pop culture. Venture through aisles full of toys, apparel, and accessories, and discover the gallery in the back of the store showcasing the best in “kawaii” (cute) art from all over the world. Continue on an art walk and stop by the “Moon Beholders” mural located at the end of the Japanese American National Museum’s This larger than life mural by Katie Yamasaki is a hidden Instagram-worthy picture moment sure to make at-home friends jealous. ECONOMICS:Subtract the costs of hotel and travel fees from…

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The Best SoCal Strolls with a Stroller

By MacKenzie Miller   There is nothing like watching a child explore the natural world around them. Being able to teach a child about nature and bond with them while exercising their senses is one of the more amazing things to witness. Not to mention, getting out and moving with the little ones allows us to soak up the sun, get the blood flowing, and rejuvenate our muscles and minds. Luckily for us in Southern California, the California climate has provided us with ample places to do just that. Here are some favorite places to take the kiddos on a stroll and celebrate the moments we have with our toddlers before they grown up too fast.   Shoreline Park, Santa Barbara Shoreline Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (805) 564-5418 Sweeping views of the Santa Barbara coastline, the city, and the Santa Ynez Mountains on 14.6 acres of green grass to play on is what entices families to visit Shoreline Park. It appeals to all ages and is very stroller friendly. There are individual picnic areas with BBQ’s, group picnic areas, sidewalks, parks and benches, beach access, and playgrounds. During whale watching season, you can typically see the grey whale yearly…

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