Here are some proclamations that made headlines across the globe recently. Take a look!
1. KIPLINGER REPORT: Riverside, Calif. is #1 Cheapest U.S. City You’ll Want to Visit
On Kiplinger.com a story recommends that you stay in Riverside for a cheap vacation, touting it as the #1 spot to save on trips. You may also see a headline on the same page: “Bargain or Trap? Think you know a good bargain when you see it? It might actually be a bad deal in disguise.” Does Kiplinger put a disclaimer on its own advice? Riverside is known as the Smog Belt where the pollution from the L.A. basin gets trapped. It’s not Riverside’s fault. But on most days, the air quality is some of the worst in the nation. Riverside has actually ranked as the 4th most polluted place in the world previously. Can you save money on hotels? Yes, but because of its air pollution and hot weather in the summer, people rush to get out of Riverside.
2. DR. BEACH: Coronado, Calif. is America’s Best Beach 2012
According to Dr. Stephen Leatherman AKA Dr. Beach, it doesn’t get any better than Coronado for beaches. However, several weeks before he announced his top choice, a huge 2 million gallon sewage spill tarnished the local beaches. Mexico’s lack of adequate sewage treatment facilities has long been San Diego’s problem in the Pacific waters at Imperial Beach, Silver Strand State Beach and Coronado Beach.
3. ZAGAT: Zagat most popular California fish and seafood restaurants list
When you read the name Zagat, you assume it’s ‘gotta’ be good. 31 samples of fish taken from highly ranked L.A. and Orange County restaurants on the Zagat list and 43 samples of fish from sushi venues were forensic tested by two independent labs and found to be mislabeled around 50% of the time in restaurants, and up to 87% of the time in sushi restaurants, according to Oceana, a non-profit organization. Fish that was supposed to be snapper, salmon, halibut, tuna, yellowtail and Chilean seabass often turned out to be tilapia, rockfish, seabream and pollock. Furthermore, viewers on Yelp posted positive comments and gave 4 to 5 star ratings for restaurants serving mislabeled fish.