Try Out a Bike for Free for Two Weeks in Santa Monica

 Bikers Bike Sharing LA Los Angeles California

[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Are you one of those people who’ve wondered what commuting on a bike in Los Angeles is really like, but have been too wary to make the purchase? Now you can try it out for free for two weeks, thanks to a bike commuter program by Santa Monica Bike Center. The┬áprogram lets commuters test-ride a bike for two weeks, for free, to see if they like the experience. Continue reading

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Get Up Close and Personal With the Endeavor Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Exhibit

Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Looking for something to do during those off hours in Los Angeles during your business trip? If you weren’t lucky enough to see the Endeavor Space Shuttle during it’s 3-day, 12-mile journey through the streets of Los Angeles, there’s still hope for you yet! Starting October 30, 2012, guests of the California Science Center will be able to get a very personal look at┬áthe 122-foot-long Endeavor Space Shuttle and its history in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion. A great activity for your day off in the city! Continue reading

Travelers Would Rather Interact With A Machine Than With A Person

Tom Cruise Would Rather Interact With A Machine Than With A Person Steven Spielberg [Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Among the most relevant issues these days — in every sector — is determining to what extent new technologies should supplant traditional practices, e.g., online credibility (AirBnb, HomeAway) vs. offline credibility (traditional hotels), searchable real estate listings (Trulia) vs. traditional brokers. In the booking of corporate travel, however, the general consensus seems to be that Internet technology reduces overall spend, but at what invisible costs? Continue reading

Seal Beach Bans Future Vacation Rentals

Short Term Rentals In California Beach Communities

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[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Seal Beach, a beach town in Orange County, has become the latest city to outright ban future vacation rentals, allowing those with permits or permit applications in review to continue renting. Continue reading

San Francisco Increases Enforcement Against Corporate Hotelization

San Francisco SHort-Term Rental Permit

Credit: Adithya Sambamurthy/The Bay Citizen

[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors introduced a law that was passed earlier this month that empowers residents to take action against neighboring short-term renters. Continue reading