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The Invitation

TLPA President Mike Fogarty and TPAC President Bill Rouse invite you to "America's Finest City", San Diego, California for the 2015 TLPA Spring Conference & Expo/TPAC Annual Convention, April 29 – May 2, 2015 at The Westin Gaslamp Quarter. This year's conference will be held as a joint meeting with the Taxicab & Paratransit Association of California.

The Destination: San Diego, CA

With a population of 1.4 million, San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States, and the second largest city in California. San Diego sits on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, approximately 120 miles south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico. San Diego is the birthplace of California and is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, and long association with the U.S. Navy.

The Weather

April is a transition month for weather in San Diego. The climate becomes a little warmer, drier and cloudier than the previous months. In most years, San Diego averages a daily maximum temperature for April that's between 65 and 70 degrees °F. The minimum temperature usually falls between 54 and 58 °F.

The Spring Expo

The exhibit hall will feature tabletop and floor exhibits from vendors eager to show you their newest products and services. As always, our exhibit hall will be the location of the food & beverage functions including the opening cocktail reception, breakfast, and lunch. The Spring Expo allows for a more intimate setting than does our Annual Trade Show and our exhibitors take advantage of that time concentrating on their customers in a more relaxed atmosphere.

If your company is a provider of goods and services to transportation companies and you have not yet exhibited at TLPA's annual trade show, our spring exhibition is a good place to start. Approximately 350 industry leaders will attend the conference. Make sure your company's products and services are in front of the transportation fleet owners…and watch your profits soar. The Exhibitor Prospectus and Sponsorship Opportunities Form will be published soon.

The Agenda

Click here for a copy of the tentative agenda.

Hotel Highlights

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619-239-2200

Please make your reservations at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter early.

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is located in the heart of downtown San Diego's famous Gaslamp Quarter, in the center of more than 150 restaurants, coffeehouses and nightclubs and so many other things to do in San Diego. Within walking distance is nearly another 100 unique shops and galleries. So whether you opt for traditional food with flair, or shopping for something a bit off the beaten path, your visit to the Gaslamp Quarter will be a unique experience.

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is across the street from Westfield Horton Plaza, the San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park (home of the San Diego Padres who have home games on April 28 & 29 and May 1 & 2,and San Diego's core business district, and within minutes of major attractions, such as the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Old Town, Little Italy, Balboa Park and Museums, the USS Midway, and the breathtaking scenery of San Diego's stunning sandy beaches.

Reservation Procedures

The hotel has reserved a limited number of rooms for the group until Wednesday, April 1, 2015 or until the block sells out. The special group rate is $199 per night. Room rate is exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which are currently 8%. You can reserve a room in two ways:

By Phone: You can call the hotel direct at 1-888-627-8563. Since this number goes directly to the property, the agents will be able to answer any questions you have about room choices. Please tell the agent that our group code is TLPA and the conference dates are April 29 – May 2, 2015.

On-line: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1411254843&key=2DC407CB

Check-In Time is 03:00 PM and Check-Out Time is 12:00 PM.

Transportation to the Hotel

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is located just four miles from San Diego International Airport, and is easily accessible by taxi, limousine rental car or commercial shuttle service. Taxi service from the airport to the hotel is approximately $13.

History

Upon landing in San Diego Bay in 1542, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the entire area for Spain, forming the basis for the settlement of Alta California 200 years later. The Presidio and Mission of San Diego, founded in 1769, formed the first European settlement in what is now California. In 1821, San Diego became part of newly independent Mexico, and in 1850, became part of the United States following the Mexican-American War and the admission of California to the union.

Things to do in San Diego

SeaWorld® San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park. SeaWorld San Diego is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and is adjacent to the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, which conducts research on marine biology and provides education and outreach on marine issues to the general public, including information in park exhibits.

San Diego Zoo
Considered one of America's best, this famous zoo is home to some of the rarest animals in the world including giant pandas and koalas. Visitors explore animal habitats organized into 10 bioclimatic zones, from arctic tundra to rainforest.

USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway Museum is a real naval aircraft carrier that served in the United States Navy for 47 years. Large and very impressive, it has real jets and real airplanes up on the flight deck that travelers can actually walk into and even sit in the cockpits of some planes.

Torrey Pines State Reserve
Although this park is located within San Diego's city limits, it remains one of the wildest landscapes along the Southern California coast, with miles of unspoiled beaches, chaparral, elegant Torrey Pine trees and a lagoon vital to many species of migrating birds.

Old Town
Old Town is a neighborhood of San Diego, CA. It contains 230 acres and is bounded by Interstate 8 on the north, Interstate 5 on the west, Mission Hills on the east and Bankers Hill on the south. It is the oldest settled area in San Diego and is the site of the first European settlement in present-day California. It contains Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Presidio Park, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Little Italy
Little Italy is a somewhat hilly neighborhood in Downtown San Diego, CA that was originally a predominately Italian fishing neighborhood. Now Little Italy is a scenic neighborhood composed mostly of Italian restaurants, Italian retail shops, home design stores, art galleries, and residential units.

Balboa Park
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within the boundaries of the park.

San Diego Air & Space Museum
Formerly the San Diego Aerospace Museum, the San Diego Air & Space Museum is an aviation and space exploration museum in San Diego. It is located in Balboa Park and is housed in the former Ford Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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