Julie Tremaine
Julie Tremaine
Travel & food writer. Disneyland Editor for @sfgate. Pitch me: julie (dot) tremaine (at) http://sfgate.com @SATW & @ASJAhq member | Repped by Chalberg & SussmanSource
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Amid a huge lawsuit, concerns emerge about Disneyland's employee pay

Amid a huge lawsuit, concerns emerge about Disneyland's employee pay

“We feel like there’s always somebody else that will fill our spot,” Disneyland cast member Gabriel Sarracino told SFGATE, “and we’re just there.” Sarracino has worked at the Disneyland Hotel for 15 years as a valet, parking cars and assisting guests with their luggage. For all of those 15 years, he’s earned minimum wage from Disney and supplemented his income with tips. But a recent decision from leadership that prevents valets from handling luggage has cut substantially into his earnings. He’s now one of the 25,000 cast members, as Disneyland calls its employees, who are participating...

Sep 21
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A Bay Area man built an extravagant pirate cove, right in his backyard

A Bay Area man built an extravagant pirate cove, right in his backyard

Rich Firato didn’t intend to build a Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired oasis in his backyard, complete with a lagoon, treasure and a Spanish galleon — but when inspiration struck, he had no choice but to go with it.His family moved into their Morgan Hill home in 2000. They intended to rip out the overgrown backyard, until one of the workers, a man named Fisherman Doug who looked like a character right out of Disney, changed Firato’s mind.“The guy had long hair, ponytails, a teeth necklace,” Firato says. “He looked like Daniel Boone. He walked around the outside of the yard, and he says, ‘I...

October 25, 2020
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A Brief History of Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island Feud

A Brief History of Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island Feud

Unlike the more accessible Watch Hill Beach across the way, East Beach isn’t easy to find. Unless you’re especially gifted at finding out-of-the-way stretches of sand, you’ll probably need someone who’s been there before to show you where it is. Your first obstacle is finding a parking space. The tiny hamlet of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, has one circular road as its main artery, with only a handful of nonresident spaces and little lots that sell out first thing in the morning, even at $40 or more a space.Then, you take your beach chair and your bag and anything else you’ll need, because that...

July 28, 2020
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