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Airbnb Required to Charge Guests a 'Hotel Tax' in Malibu, But It Ain't Slowing Them Down

April 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Heads up Airbnb users planning your summer trip to Southern California.

The LA Times reports that the city of Malibu has negotiated with Airbnb for them to charge their guests 12 percent hotel tax starting on April 20. At the same time, Airbnb has pulled listings from vacation rental companies in Los Angeles from their site as contention grows about the taxes and fees that hosts and the vacation rental companies are able to avoid paying.

This struggle is GDFR in many cities all over the world, but it hasn't slowed down Airbnb's expansion

. The company has recently announced properties in Cuba as well as that it is the "official alternative accommodation services supplier" for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Airbnb is also responsible for making love connections.

So yeah, we don't think "little things" like taxes will stop the company from being everywhere. But bad experiences--for both hosts and guests--might. Here are just a few to read through.

What do you love or hate about Airbnb? Sound off in comments below!

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How To Get Tickets To 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'

April 3, 2015 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

James Corden is just two weeks into his run as the host of The Late Late Show and he's already created a string of viral skits and sketches. Whether James is acting out all of Tom Hanks' movies (with Hanks, of course), being pranked by Katie Couric or hosting his show from a stranger's home, the audience seems to be love everything he does.

As his popularity grows, so does the interest in tickets to his show. Tickets for The Late Late Show with James Corden, which is taped in Los Angeles, are free, and easy to order online.

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Is L.A.'s Pac-Man Street Art Just a Clever Commercial for Adam Sandler's New Movie 'Pixels'?

March 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Pac-Man seems to be having a resurgence, at least in Los Angeles.

Last week, a new piece of street art appeared in L.A.'s Art District featuring Pac-Man eating pac-dots as "Pinky", the pink ghost, chases him down the street to a sign that reads “GAME OVER.” Though it's unclear who created the new piece, there is some speculation it could be a commercial tie-in for the new Adam Sandler movie Pixels, which is not only about 80s video games, but also released a new trailer last week.

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Rolex Clocks and Terrace Views: Inside the Emirates Lounge at LAX

March 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

This may be where you'll see Paris Hilton hanging out at LAX before she heads out to Dubai.

On Wednesday, Emirates Airlines officially unveiled their newest lounge on the 6th floor of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Open to Emirates' First and Business class passengers as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members, the lounge has an array of luxury amenities and services that you'd expect from Emirates. Below are some shots of the lounge, but keep reading to find out what's inside:

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Harrison Ford May Have Ruined the Santa Monica Airport For Good

March 6, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

So this was kind of weird, even for Los Angeles.

Harrison Ford, a pilot in his own right, crashed landed on a small public golf course in near Venice yesterday after the engine in his World War II-era plane stalled.

The accident happened just a few blocks away from the Santa Monica Airport, a municipal airport where mostly private planes takeoff and land. Apparently, Ford knew he needed to make a crash landing but wouldn't reach the airport in time, so he headed for the open space of the golf course. Reports say he hurt his head bad, but is otherwise ok.

What's not ok is the future of the airport, since residents have been asking the city to close it because of noise, pollution and yes, scary accidents like these.

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4 Places to Eat Right Now in Downtown LA

March 3, 2015 at 10:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hollywood is so over. Didn’t we already tell you that? The new place to be when visiting Los Angeles is Downtown, affectionately called DTLA.

The previously disregarded area of LA is experiencing a major development boom. The building of apartment buildings and hotels has been going on for about a decade now, so it’s not a brand-new boom but Downtown has really been upping its game in terms of restaurants and bars.

Here are 4 Places to Eat Right Now in Downtown LA. And yes, these are totally worth the traffic on the 10. (But may we suggest going at lunch when possible.)

BESTIA
This is one of the hottest, and hardest, reservations to get in LA right now. One of our friends was told it was a three-month wait but then was able to get in on a day’s notice thanks to the Reserve app. So what makes this place so hot? It could be the allure of restaurant’s “gritty” location in a former industrial warehouse on E. 7th Street (which is pretty east in DTLA.) The valet stand (oh yes, they still these here) is in a back alley. But we think it has to do with the mouth-watering food and the bumpin' vibe. The menu is mostly Italian and almost all meat. Meat of all kinds. But the best dishes are the ones that combine the excellent pasta with the tender meat, like the roasted bone marrow filled with a spinach gnocchetti. As for the ambience, when we walked in, Biggie Smalls was playing. Throughout the meal, the music continued to be the early 90s rap and hip hop that we grew up on. Pasta, meat, and rap? Dream come true.

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Lights, Camera, Bucket List Action: One Woman's Dream Trip to Los Angeles

February 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lots of people love to talk about what's on their Travel Bucket List but today, Jaunted's Charyn Pfeuffer tells us what it was like to actually fulfill a Travel Bucket List for a close friend, proving that you don't have to go somewhere far far away to have the trip of a lifetime.

As much as I love making to-do lists, I’m not a big fan of bucket lists. I believe in making things happen ASAP instead of stockpiling a bunch of dreams to accomplish over the course of a lifetime. I’m a gotta have it now kind of gal; patience is not my strong suit.

But when dear friend of mine, Mary, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, a small group of friends and I decided to take her on a trip of a lifetime. Her trip of a lifetime. We listened to what Mary wanted to do, took her health into consideration, and planned a getaway fit for a princess. (Mary loves all things pink and sparkly.)

Her destination of choice? Mary wanted to go to Los Angeles and attend a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since these tickets are tough to get, we booked this part of the trip first. Once we did that, we bought her First Class nonstop tickets on Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Burbank.

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4 Totally Casual Places to Eat in Venice, California

January 29, 2015 at 8:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hollywood is so over. Yes, we realize we may never lunch in this town again for saying that but we'll be ok. That's because we have these four, clutch and totally casual Venice restaurants to dine at, whether it be for lunch, breakfast, dinner or brunch. No power suits needed. And they are all a bike ride away from the beach (but you know you'll just drive anyways.)

So, see you there?


1. Superba Food & Bread: Situated on Lincoln Boulevard, just north of Venice Boulevard, Superba is the brightly colored home of the everything croissant stuffed with cream cheese. This will blow your mind (especially if you love bagels) and make you forget about any cronut or cronut spin-off that ever existed. The bakery and coffee bar open at 7am but proper table service doesn't begin until 9am. Which is probably when you should go as the place fills up in the later morning hours. Aside from the everything croissant, do not leave without ordering some avocado toast or the Moroccan eggs. Superba also serves lunch and dinner (until 10pm most nights) and you can expect the same creative mash-up of wholesome ingredients and comfort foods that you see at breakfast.

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How to Get Free Tickets to the AFI Fest in Los Angeles

November 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

On Thursday, one of Hollywood's biggest and best film festivals, AFI Fest, kicks off and its not too late to get in for free.

This year's festival highlights include Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice, Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, and The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg. Among AFI Fest's other special events is On Acting: A Conversation with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.

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Last Chance for Fans to Visit the 'Sons of Anarchy' Set in LA

October 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week Sons of Anarchy is shooting their final episode, ever. As the end of SOA nears, fans aren't just losing their favorite show, they're also losing one of L.A.'s most popular pop culture tourist attractions.

Sons' main set - the Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair Shop - is located next to their studio at 7333 Radford Ave, North Hollywood and is visible from the road, making it a must-see filming location for SOA fans visiting the Los Angeles area. Many fans have been lucky enough to see the show filming there, too.

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Three Big City Beer Festivals to Finish Out October

October 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The cooler temperatures require something to warm you up, and a great way to do exactly that is with a beer festival. Time is running out to enjoy some sips and samples this October, but there’s still a few weekends left to celebrate. Here are three big city beer festivals where you can toast to the fall:

Los Angeles Fall Beer Festival

Things in Los Angeles only take place on one day, so be sure to clear your calendar for Saturday, October 18 between noon and 4pm. The kegs and taps will be doing their thing over at LA Center Studios, and organizers promise everything from food trucks to live music. As far as the beer is concerned there will be over 150 options from which to choose, and $40 will get in the door and access to plenty to taste—just bring extra cash for something to eat.

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How to Get Last-Minute Tickets to Screamfest LA

October 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week Hollywood is going to get a little scarier.

Screamfest, the world's biggest horror film festival, kicks off tonight at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and will feature up and coming horror directors while also honoring the best in the biz.

The festival has earned a reputation for finding the next best next thing in horror. Back in 2007 they showcased the then little known independent movie Paranormal Activity which went on the earn more than $60 million at the box office in its first month.

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