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Hotelier Bob Rauch Proves His Chops in Coronado Property

Del Mar area hotelier Bob Rauch (he runs the hotelguru.com website), whose firm has managed the boutique El Cordova Hotel in Coronado since Jan. 1, has performed a veritable miracle of sorts in difficult economic conditions. The occupancy rate has jumped to 70 percent from 49 percent, and the historic hostelry, located across the street from the iconic Hotel del Coronado, has become so popular that Saturday nights are sold out through the rest of the year. Rauch will soon be announcing the renovation of the hotel’s centerpiece, the 1,500-square-foot Casa Grande Suite, which will be unveiled in early July … This item will give a new meaning to the term sleepover. Twentysomethings Heather Hart and Maren Dougherty, both employees at the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, are planning to spend 26.2 days in Balboa Park starting May 30 in what they’re calling a “Museum Marathon.” They’ll be sleeping at 16 different museums during their stay within the confines of San Diego’s most popular tourist attraction. Their goal? Give outsiders an inside look at the 80-plus cultural institutions that make up the park, especially the museums. The two will keep everyone up to date about their explorations by blogging and tweeting via signonsandiego.com, the website run by the U-T. The adventure starts May 30, and ends June 25 … And while we’re in the park. The San Diego Ad Club will host its Centennial AdBash on June 2 at the San Diego Zoo. At the party, the club will unveil the city’s 100 most recognizable brands from the past century, with attendees voting on the one that they like best. Details at sandiegoadclub.com … We’re not done with our own marathon tour of Balboa Park. The Spreckels Organ Society launches its annual summer festival June 20. The Monday night concerts feature the largest outdoor organ in the U.S. with some of the world’s top organists at the console. For a schedule of concerts, navigate over to sosorgan.com. P.S. all of the concerts are free! … Here’s one for history buffs. My good buddy, journalist and presentation consultant Tom Leech has managed to work the same interview twice — in a 44-year period! In 1967, he interviewed Don Hall, an engineer at San Diego-based Ryan Airlines, who designed Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the first aircraft to successfully navigate the Atlantic exactly four decades earlier. Tom says a portion of his interview appeared in a local aviation newsletter he published at the time. Well, a transcription of the full interview appears in the July edition of Air and Space Magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution. Hall died in 1968. Fascinating read, by the way … My error, as reported in the May 23 edition of the Insider. Andy Hoang, who’s been the go-to media contact at Palomar Pomerado Health the past seven years, will be taking a new position at the Salk Institute, not the Scripps Institute. Till next week!

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