For the second time in less than a year, Taylor Swift sent signed copies of one of her albums to indie record stores across the county, including Long Beach’s very own Fingerprints.
A global pandemic is one of the worst-case scenarios for an economy dependent almost entirely on tourism like that of Catalina Island. While the financial struggles of the past year for the city of Avalon have not been overly devastating, staff said the city only avoided budgetary deficits by tapping into its reserve funds.
The AquaLink water taxi is scheduled to return to service Memorial Day weekend. The service has been suspended for over a year due to the pandemic but returns with free weekend-only service through July 4.
When coronavirus swept across the globe in early 2020, Catalina’s tourism economy was decimated. Since 2014, the island getaway has consistently welcomed more than one million annual visitors. But last year, that number was cut in half to just over 500,000, according to Love Catalina Island, the island’s chamber of commerce and visitor’s bureau.
After one of the most challenging health and economic crises in Catalina Island’s history, visitors are returning to the island for an outdoor getaway. From the water to the sky, adventurers are enjoying the fresh air and sunshine of island life. Unavailable through much of the pandemic, the island’s recreational offerings are booming, including kayaking, zip lining, a ropes course, tours and more.
Peter Beck’s hands, particularly his knuckles, are covered in little scars—battle wounds from a decade of woodworking. For more than half his life, the 17-year-old has built model boats that have become increasingly intricate over the years.
Jon and Julia Halperin did not want to be a traditional record label, so each of his 7” releases is strictly limited to 200 copies on two colorways, 100 of each, and the artists have complete control of the release.
The series, which has been in development for about a decade, will examine the former cruise liner’s storied past—from its construction in the 1930s to its missions during World War II to the present day—with a focus on the myths and urban legends of it being one of the most haunted places on Earth.