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NEWS
May 5, 2003
Deirdre Newman A joint effort between city officials and local businesses that use shopping carts has borne fruit as the law will finally make it to the checkout line today. The City Council will consider a law that mainly calls for all stores using shopping carts to establish an effective containment system to keep the carts on their properties, with a $150 fine for each cart the city retrieves after the fifth one in any 12-month period. The council will also consider two alternatives to the proposal.
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NEWS
October 23, 2003
JOSEPH N. BELL I went grocery shopping last Monday, but I never got in the store. Instead, I hung around outside shooting the breeze with the people who normally take care of me inside. Actually, my wife does most of our grocery shopping, but I go along or make extra trips often enough that I feel a small part of our supermarket family. And I saw a lot of family when I visited on Monday. Outside. Our supermarket home is Ralphs at the corner of 17th Street and Irvine Avenue.
LOCAL
By GREER WYLDER | August 21, 2008
Simple Peace Bags are stylish and reusable bags that help the environment and the artisans who make them. Founder DeAnna Reposa of Corona del Mar went on a journey to reduce her paper and plastic shopping lifestyle and created her own brand: Simple Peace. Initially, she bought every reusable canvas, fabric and polypropylene recycled product, and wasn’t sold on any one. Now she produces Simple Peace Bags made of high-quality certified organic cotton, hemp and recycled canvas, and they’re manufactured in Orange County!
NEWS
March 2, 2004
Alicia Robinson Familiar faces will be back behind the bakery, meat counters and cash registers at your local Albertsons today and Ralphs on Wednesday following union approval of a new contract this weekend. Vons employees expect to be back at work on Friday. While not everyone is satisfied with the contract, workers and shoppers alike were happy to see the end of nearly five months of picketing. "It was a long five months," said Tamara Davis, a checker at the Balboa Boulevard Albertsons.
NEWS
November 17, 2003
Alicia Robinson The grocery workers strike and lockout, now in its sixth week, has been a blessing or a curse, depending on whom you ask. Some local shoppers said they've been victims of price gouging, while others said their shopping habits haven't changed at all since picket lines formed at stores in October. United Food and Commercial Workers union members last month rejected a new contract offer that would cut workers' health benefits. After they went on strike at Vons and Pavilions on Oct. 11, workers at Albertsons and Ralphs stores, which have been bargaining jointly, were locked out. "I'm just shopping here because I can't shop at my regular stores," said Shirley Davidson, of Corona del Mar, after shopping at the Stater Bros.
NEWS
June 8, 2012
An Irvine woman was arrested Thursday after she refused to leave the property in front of a Costa Mesa grocery store, where she was collecting signatures in hopes of placing a medical marijuana dispensary referendum on November's ballot. Deborah Tharp, 39, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing police and trespassing for refusing to leave the Mother's Market & Kitchen property on Newport Boulevard. She posted bail from Orange County Jail on Friday, but was not immediately available for comment.
NEWS
October 13, 2003
Luis Pena The United Food and Commercial Workers union went on strike late Saturday after rejecting a contract present by Albertsons, Ralphs, and Vons supermarkets. Strikers at the Albertsons on Harbor Boulevard and Wilson Street were out with their picket signs as they told shoppers not to shop at the store and to go to Stater Bros. instead. Bryce Gutierrez, a meat manager and strike captain at Albertsons, said that they decided to go out on strike not because of the proposed $15 a week co-payment that has been reported in the media but because the supermarkets want them to pay 50% of hospital stays, 50% of doctor's visits and a 50% co-pay for prescriptions, and because the supermarkets want them to take a cut in vision and dental.
NEWS
October 23, 2003
Deepa Bharath Shane Solomon felt the searing rays of the sun pierce through his baseball cap on Wednesday afternoon. Many in Southern California felt that sweltering heat over the last few days. But Solomon and others like him who spent several hours a day picketing outside the supermarkets, felt its fury. Solomon was one of the striking supermarket employees who was holding a sign outside Ralphs on East 17th Street. The workers of three supermarket chains in Southern California have entered their 11th day of picketing, protesting a contract they say will cut their health benefits by half.
NEWS
February 26, 2011
Irvine police and the FBI are searching for a Newport Beach man suspected of robbing the US Bank inside a Pavilions Market in Irvine on Wednesday. According to authorities, a male suspect entered Pavilions, 3901 Portola Pkwy., and handed the teller a note asking for money. He did not speak, and there was no visible weapon. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. Shortly after photos of the suspect were released, authorities received calls that led them to a suspect, Matthew David Lewis.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | January 14, 2008
With food prices soaring nationwide, Patrice Apodaca has learned to get creative when she goes grocery shopping. The Newport Beach resident, who shops for her family every week, used to pile her cart with mangoes and blueberries, but has laid off some of the produce lately as the price tags grow steeper. She used to do a good deal of her shopping at Trader Joe’s, which offers cheaper costs than many other supermarkets, but now shops there almost exclusively. And she’s grateful that, while milk and produce get less and less affordable, the cost of dry noodles hasn’t skyrocketed too much.
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