75th Annual Meeting
June 22-26, 2007
Let us entertain you or at least make your stay as enjoyable as possible. After you've had a chance to unpack and settle in, please stop by the U.S. Conference of Mayors Host City Hospitality Desk located on the Plaza Level of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. That's where you'll encounter a friendly and informative staff eager to make your time in Los Angeles unforgettable. You'll find all the information you need including registration for all spouse and youth tours, plus suggestions on how to spend your free time while in the City of Angels. If you've got questions, are in search of something that can only be experienced in L.A., or just need some simple guidance, look no further than the Hospitality Desk.
Be on the lookout for our local Los Angeles 2007 volunteers throughout your trip. They're easy to spot in their crisp, white polo shirts and will be on-hand when you arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Their job is to assist you from the moment you arrive until you bid us farewell.
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INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE
We'll begin our annual conference with a one-hour interfaith prayer service to pray for peace in our cities. All denominations and faiths welcome.
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES & WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
Today it's all about legends and rising stars! First up: Legends. You'll tour historic Los Angeles and explore a cityscape virtually unchanged since the Golden Age of Hollywood. You'll wander the Broadway Historic Theatre District, which has the largest concentration of historic theaters in the United States. You'll also wander Grand Central Market, a European-style food hall with a mélange of culinary diversions, as well as the Central Library, the Art Décor marvel known as the Title Guarantee Building, and the fabulous Bradbury Building, which has been featured in countless films including Blade Runner. As promised, it's on to rising stars and nothing gets more attention from the press than the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Mind you, this architectural icon is no Mickey Mouse operation. Home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Frank O. Gerhy-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall boasts sweeping curves of stainless steel and has been dubbed the "intimate living room of the city."
HISTORIC PUEBLO, UNION STATION & CHINATOWN TOURS
Where else in the world can you travel to China, Mexico and the elegance of the 1930s within just a few blocks of one another? It's an "only in L.A." experience as you hit the historic streets of Downtown Los Angeles. You'll explore Los Angeles' rich Spanish history on our Pueblo Tour where you'll visit the birthplace of Los Angeles as well as the Avila Adobe, the city's oldest surviving dwelling. You'll also visit the city's oldest church along with other significant and historical properties including Olvera Street, a 1930s Mexican mercado filled with shops, restaurants, entertainment, and home to one of the city's best taquerias. Next you'll travel back to the elegant 1930s to tour Union Station, the last great railway depot to be built in North America. Featured in a number of movies, from The Way We Were to Catch Me If You Can, Union Station, with its mix of Spanish Colonial and Moderne styles, is one of the city's many architectural treasures. Next, you'll venture over to Chinatown, the first modern American Chinatown owned and planned from the ground up by Chinese. A walk through the streets of Chinatown is nothing short of a sensory experience, from the aroma of fresh herbs to the sound of clicking mahjong tiles, there is nothing like it. All of this and no passport required!
SHOP TIL YOU DROP
Just a short walk across the street from the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, Westfield Century City offers a convenient and quintessentially Southern California outdoor shopping environment.
When the Century City shopping center opened in 1964 it set a new standard for retail in greater Los Angeles. Westfield acquired the center in 2002 and since has further enhanced the customer experience, by investing more than $150 million, attracting 30 new shops, including Macy*s, Bloomingdale*s, Boss Hugo Boss, Ann Taylor, Coach, Kenneth Cole, Tiffany & Co., and Cole Haan, just to name a few. In December 2005, Westfield completed the first phase of *The Makeover of the Century* by adding, literally, a whole new level to the center. This rejuvenation is anchored by the stylish new alfresco-style Dining Terrace, additional luxury shops as well as the AMC flagship theatre.
Today Westfield Century city offers shoppers and diners a plethora of distinctly different opportunities with over 200 stores, restaurants and eateries. Guests will receive Westfield Gift Cards to be used for your shopping and dining pleasure!
ACT I: POOLSIDE AT THE HYATT REGENCY CENTURY PLAZA
It's the quintessential L.A. gathering - a poolside party under the stars. Yes, you truly have arrived! Our opening night reception at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza will certainly be a blockbuster event. The hotel, one of the city's most renowned properties, was built on the former site of the 20th Century Fox movie range. It has had the honor of hosting every U.S. president from Lyndon Johnson through George W. Bush. And, after tonight, it will have hosted hundreds of mayors, too.
TREASURES ON THE HILLTOP TOUR
There's a lot more to L.A. than swimming pools and movie stars. Still, even our museums, such as The Getty Center, are scene stealers. Located atop a 110-parcel of land surrounded by breathtaking gardens and spectacular terraces, The Getty Center features five two-story pavilions that are interconnected via an open courtyard. Within these magnificent walls are an array of ever-changing exhibits as well as permanent collections of pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculptures and decorative arts, as well as 19th and 20th-century American and European photographs. While the collections are sure to impress you, so will the commanding views of the city, mountains and ocean.
EXPLORING THE PACIFIC COAST
It's all just one endless summer along the Los Angeles coast. Venice Beach is perhaps one of the city's-if not the world's-most famous and quirky seaside destinations. You'll have the option to rent a bike or strap on a pair of inline skates, complete with all the protective gear, and set out on the famed Venice Beach Boardwalk. Be sure to check out Muscle Beach, where bodybuilders can be seen pumping iron - yes, even our present governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was a regular here back in the 1970s. Make time to prowl the many small boutiques, find a bench to take in the scene, or muster up the courage to do your best Bay Watch impression. You'll also encounter a number of boardwalk performers, some that are talented and others that are…shall we say interesting? A day at Venice Beach - now that's entertainment!
You're bound to feel like a Pretty Woman or stylish gent while strolling along Rodeo Drive, one of the world's most exclusive shopping districts. You'll discover that most every designer is represented, from Gucci and Chanel to Prada. Now, let's talk bling - Harry Winston, Cartier and Tiffany & Co. - all the great jewelers are here as well. Take a stroll through Two Rodeo, a shopping complex within Rodeo Drive featuring an eclectic ensemble of restaurants, designer boutiques and salon services. With so much wealth and status concentrated along one magnificent stretch, you're bound to have a brush with fame.
ACT II: THE GRAND BALLROOM AT HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND
As an A-List guest, this is your chance to walk the red carpet at one of the world's most famous crossroads - Hollywood & Highland. Get ready for lights, cameras and plenty of action atop the Fifth Floor of the Hollywood & Highland Retail & Entertainment Complex where you'll take center stage as the guest of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Feast on a fabulous meal prepared by none other than the chef to the stars Wolfgang Puck. Yes, this is a party in true Hollywood fashion with all the glitz and glamour Tinsel Town has to offer.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
Enjoy a sneak peek of Universal Studios Hollywood by spending the entire day inside the theme park. Touted as the largest film and TV studio in the world, Universal Studios has been making movie magic for nearly a century. Take the world-famous backlot tram tour where you'll go bananas trying to escape the 30,000-pound fury of King Kong, barely survive a San Francisco-style earthquake, and enjoy a man eating moment with the toothy great white shark from Jaws. Once you catch your breath, pay a visit to CityWalk located just outside the entrance gates to Universal Studios. This faux cityscape is home to many shops, restaurants and amusements. It's a reel-to-real adventure.
ACT III: ALL ACCESS PASS TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
Tonight you and your entourage have an exclusive party on the lower level of the Universal Studios theme park. Get ready to scream, squirm and squeal all night aboard some of the most thrilling rides in amusement park history. Make a splash on Jurassic Park, heat up your evening while enjoying Back Draft (the ride). Tonight you'll dine on a variety of scrumptious foods, including something you can only find in LA - world-famous Dodger Dogs, just like they serve at Dodger Stadium. Tonight, you truly are the star!
HOLLYWOOD BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR
Get ready for your close up! You've been cast as the lead in a time travel epic chronicling the Golden Age of Hollywood. Step behind the velvet ropes for a tour of the Kodak Theater, home of the annual Academy Awards presentation, where you'll mingle with an authentic Oscar statuette, visit the exclusive George Eastman VIP Room and assume the role of a Hollywood star or starlet. A one-hour guided walking tour will take you to nearby landmarks, such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the new Hollywood & Highland Retail and Entertainment Complex, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Forecourt of the Stars, and much more. You'll also visit the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, home to the very first Academy Awards presentation held in 1927. That's a wrap!
BACK LOT EXPERIENCE AT WARNER BROS.
When it comes to authentic studio tours Warner Bros. certainly deserves top billing. You'll enjoy a 2 ˝ hour open-air shuttle tour that begins with a short talk and viewing of a compilation of classic film clips. Then it's off to the back lot where, depending upon the filming schedule (this is after all a working studio!) you'll explore a set from a popular television show or upcoming feature film. You're likely to visit the studio craft and technical facilities or the sound stage where effects or soundtracks are created. You'll be able to see priceless memorabilia, such as the piano from the film Casablanca, as well as costumes and props from the Harry Potter film series. Many of America's favorite television shows are also filmed on the lot, and it's anyone's guess as to which celebrity might make an impromptu appearance. Perhaps Bugs Bunny? After all, he did get his start at Warner Bros.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Studio Tour will require children to be at least 8 years of age to participate and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while on the studio lot.
IT'S A WRAP!
Consider tonight the grand finale as we toast farewell to the City of Angels. Tonight you'll enjoy some serious stargazing, a planetarium show, and an elegant buffet-style dinner at the famed Griffith Observatory. Originally opened in 1935, this L.A. icon has been the backdrop for countless films - perhaps the most famous being Rebel Without A Cause starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. The Observatory, which boasts commanding views of the Los Angeles basin, recently reopened to great fanfare after a five-year hiatus and a multi-million dollar renovation. You're sure to agree that it's been one of the most successful facelifts in Hollywood history.
Century City is actually built on the former back lot of 20th Century Fox studios. In fact, much of this area was staged for the burning of Atlanta in the epic film Gone With The Wind. Although movies are being made on these grounds any longer, you can bet that entertainment deals are being brokered in the sleek glass and steel buildings that create the Century City skyline.
SHOPPING & DINING
The Westfield Century City, open 10am-9pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday, is an outdoor lifestyle center conveniently located across the street from the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Here you'll find all your favorite stores, including Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Borders, Coach and much more. There are also a number of restaurants and eateries plus a multiplex cinema showing the latest blockbuster films. Westwood, home of the UCLA Bruins, is located just a few miles from Century City and features a village of shops, eateries and movie theaters. Visit the Hospitality Desk for more ideas on how to spend your free time while in Los Angeles.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
No worries. We're not going to ambush you with an extreme makeover, but we do want you to feel comfortable while you're in L.A. For the daytime activities, you'll want to pack some comfortable clothes, good walking shoes, maybe a hat and plenty of sunscreen. For evening, black is always in fashion and a light sweater, jacket or wrap may be needed as temperatures tend to dip. Keep in mind that the month of June can be fickle in terms of weather conditions with the marine layer hanging heavy over the city in the morning and lifting later to reveal sunshine in the afternoon.
We're rolling out the red carpet for your kids! The city of Los Angeles will host an on-site recreation room for children ages 5 to 14. Youngsters can enjoy an array of fun, games and entertainment in a safe and supervised environment while parents tend to business. The Youth Room is open daily, June 22-25, from 8am-5pm with extended hours on Saturday, June 23, from 6pm-11:30pm.
Please note: There are no provisions in the Youth Room for infants or children under the age of 4 years. The Baby Sitters Guild offers child care services for newborns, infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children. These services are available for a fee. Please contact The Baby Sitters Guild at 310.837.1800 to make arrangements.
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