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By Alan Blank | May 6, 2008
When the City Council considers how to allocate federal funding for local organizations tonight, one of the programs that could be on the brink is the Costa Mesa Senior Center’s free grocery distribution. The Redevelopment and Residential Rehabilitation committee, which recommends how the city should allocate the Community Development Block Grant money, has determined the city should give the senior center $12,000 for the Senior Lunchbox program. Last year, the senior center received $14,000 for the program which provides free, healthy groceries for low-income seniors every couple weeks.
March 29, 2008
Presidential contender Barack Obama, rocked by criticism for his affiliation with Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, recently delivered a speech distancing himself from his longtime pastor’s most inflammatory comments but also calling on the nation to engage in a conversation about race. Many religious leaders have heeded the call. Do you think it would be productive to do that in Newport-Mesa, and what would be the best way to go about it?   Obama not only addressed race, but called us to accountability.
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.
By Michael Miller | July 10, 2007
They're common sights around any town — abandoned in shopping carts, clogging gutters, strewn by the breeze across parks and front lawns. For defenders of the environment, plastic grocery bags have long been a source of agony and irritation. Starting this month, though, the state of California is taking action to reign them in. An assembly bill that took effect on July 1 has mandated that a number of grocery stores adopt in-store recycling programs, with collection bins for used bags and reusable bags for sale to customers.
By Alicia Robinson | November 7, 2006
BALBOA PENINSULA — The St John family will no longer bring its personal touch to the grocery business after the closing of the Balboa Village Market over the weekend. However, the market, a former Safeway that's been a fixture on the peninsula since 1938, may not be closing for good. Bob St John, who owns the store with his son Scott, said Monday he was talking to a potential buyer. But St John has decided to retire after nearly five years of trying to turn the store's fortunes around and achieving only limited success.
January 14, 2005
Greer Wylder If you're craving Hungarian goulash, schnitzel, hearty Baltic rye bread or buckets of homemade sauerkraut, you're either reading this from Poland, your grandmother is from Munich, or you're the ideal customer for Globe European Delicatessen. It's a one-stop shopping destination for Eastern European groceries in Costa Mesa. "Once you've lived in Europe, you're hooked," co-owner Manfred Kunze said. "Nearly half of our customers have spent time in the service or on business in Europe.
March 16, 2004
Alicia Robinson Employees at the Newport Coast Pavilions store were back at work on Monday, packing orders for delivery to customers who have had to do their own shopping for the past five months. The store resumed delivery service, which was a casualty of the five-month grocery workers' strike set off by a contract dispute with grocery chains. The Pavilions store in Newport Coast is one of 23 Safeway-owned Southern California stores that resumed deliveries on Monday.
March 7, 2004
Attention grocery shoppers: It is now safe to go back to the stores. That's right, the long and bitter and protracted and pick-your-own-adjective strike and lockout between the grocery employee unions and Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons supermarkets has headed for the checkout line. For some, this comes as great news. For those in search of groceries, the dilemma of either crossing the picket line and offending the pickets or having to drive miles out of your way to pick up milk, butter and eggs for the family is over.
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.
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