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October 10, 1996 | MACK REED
An Oxnard company hopes to open a recycling center at the former Egg City, where 3 million chickens once roosted, laid eggs and left a stink that offended noses from Moorpark to Fillmore. M Maintenance Construction Clean-Up has applied to Ventura County for permission to use 14 of Egg City's 208 acres near Grimes Canyon to recycle construction debris collected around east Ventura County, said Joseph Reisdorf, a spokesman for the company. The company would lease the land from Okura & Co.
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December 22, 2006
Re "Fire writes the final chapter for the world's largest egg ranch," Dec. 17 The abandoned Egg City in Ventura County is now laid to rest, but hundreds of massive U.S. factory farms still employ the same cruel practices as this facility did. Across the country, factory farms confine nearly 300 million egg-laying hens inside wire cages so small that each bird has less space than a sheet of typing paper. These social, intelligent animals cannot spread their wings, perch, dust, bathe or even walk.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1986 | ALAN GOLDSTEIN and SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writers
Egg City owner Richard Carrott said Sunday that talks have broken down in the 11-week-old labor dispute at the Ventura County ranch and charged that strikers have been harassing replacement workers. Negotiators for Egg City, the world's largest chicken ranch, and the United Farm Workers, which represents the 240 workers who walked out on June 24, last met on Tuesday. At the time, they did not set a date to resume discussions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County supervisors on Tuesday shot down plans to convert part of an old chicken ranch near Moorpark into a recycling center for the tons of scrap lumber, concrete and metal that come with new home construction. By a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors upheld a decision by the county Planning Commission to deny M-Maintenance and Clean-Up of Oxnard a permit for the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1986 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Negotiators trying to settle the 2-month-old strike at the Egg City chicken ranch in Ventura County said Friday that they have reached a preliminary agreement on a pay cut and cleared away most of the other major obstacles in their talks. But representatives of the United Farm Workers, which represents the 240 workers who walked out on June 24, said several key points remain unresolved. Chief among them is the issue of how many of the workers will be allowed to return.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1986 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
A Ventura County ranch Thursday asked the National Labor Relations Board to seek a federal court order curbing a United Farm Workers boycott of its eggs. The request by Egg City follows an opinion, issued this week by NLRB staff in Washington, that ranch attorneys contend significantly bolsters their challenge to the legality of parts of a farm workers' boycott, such as picketing markets that sell Egg City's eggs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1986
United Farm Workers President Cesar Chavez on Sunday urged workers at Egg City near Moorpark to strike to pressure the ranch into restoring wages that were cut by as much as 30% this month. Chavez, who made his remarks while leading about 300 workers and supporters on a march through Moorpark's neighborhoods, added that the union this week will launch a consumer boycott of the ranch's eggs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1989
A Moorpark agricultural worker has died after losing a leg in a grinding machine, authorities said Friday. Rudolpho Gomez's leg was caught in a machine at Egg City, a chicken ranch in the 8600 block of Sheckell Road, said Annie Ironsides, a spokeswoman for the Ventura County Fire Protection District. He was transported by helicopter to Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, she said. Gomez, 31, died of blood loss during surgery, Ironsides said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1986
A federal bankruptcy judge, retreating from his previous ruling, declared Tuesday that he lacks the authority to curb the United Farm Workers' boycott of products of Egg City ranch near Moorpark. Judge Calvin K. Ashland refused to grant the ranch a new temporary order limiting the boycott, which was launched in June when 250 workers went on strike after a wage cut of as much as 30%. The Ventura County chicken ranch filed in May for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U. S.
BUSINESS
May 13, 1986 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Egg City, the world's largest chicken ranch, has filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, largely to pressure United Farm Workers members to accept pay cuts at the Ventura County ranch, company lawyers said Monday. Labor law experts said Egg City's filing marked the first time that a California agricultural employer has sought bankruptcy court protection to win wage concessions and possibly nullify its obligations under a union contract.
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July 30, 1997 | Lynne Barnes
Jurors Questioned: Attorneys for Diana Haun are asking prospective jurors if they could be unbiased toward witnesses who practiced witchcraft (B1). Haun is accused of murdering Sherri Dally, the wife of Haun's longtime lover. . . . The questions came as more than 80 Santa Barbara County residents were asked about potential biases should they be among the dozen jurors and six alternates chosen. Jurors will be bused daily from Santa Barbara to Ventura for the trial. Over Easy: An Oxnard firm has lost its bid to open a recycling center at the site of the defunct Egg City operation near Moorpark (B5)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1997 | RICHARD WARCHOL and REGINA HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The owners of an Oxnard-based recycling company will ask the County Board of Supervisors today for permission to convert a closed chicken ranch north of Moorpark into a recycling center. During a special meeting at the Ventura County Government Center, M-Maintenance & Clean-Up will ask the board for a five-year permit to recycle scrap construction materials on the site at Shekell Road and the Moorpark Freeway. "We're optimistic," Joseph Reisdorf said of the chances the request will be granted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1997 | COLL METCALFE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a split vote Thursday, the Ventura County Planning Commission denied an Oxnard company's request to locate a recycling facility at the old Egg City chicken ranch north of Moorpark. After listening to more than four hours of complaints from neighbors of the property, the commission voted 3 to 2 to deny the permit. They said increased truck traffic would only exacerbate congestion on roads surrounding the area. "To add to truck traffic in the area is just unconscionable. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1997 | COLL METCALFE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After months of study, county planners are poised to consider an Oxnard company's application to build a recycling center on a portion of the old Egg City chicken farm north of Moorpark. The planning department issued a report on the center Thursday, finding that it would have few negative impacts. The Planning Commission will consider the project at its meeting Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1997 | DAVID R. BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a compromise that left some Moorpark-area residents fuming, a county planning panel ruled Wednesday that a recycling center proposed north of the city does not need a full environmental impact report detailing the project's possible effects. Instead, county planners will beef up a far smaller environmental document already prepared for the 14.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1997
Egg City no longer has chickens and the accompanying stench. Instead, it is proposed that we will have a building materials recycling center--if the applicant gets his permit. After all the years of complaint about Egg City, it is beyond reasonable comprehension why such a proposal would even be given passing consideration. Is it because some benighted bureaucrat thinks that we miss the stink and is about to replace it with the acrid smell of asphalt and the dust and general mess that earmark a recycling operation?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1986 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
A federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday ordered United Farm Workers to curb its 5-month-old boycott against the Egg City ranch near Moorpark. Farm labor experts said Judge Calvin K. Ashland's decision marked the first time a bankruptcy judge has curtailed a boycott called by California farm workers since the state's 11-year-old Agricultural Labor Relations Act was adopted. The effect of the ruling, which the union is expected to appeal, is unclear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1986 | THOMAS OMESTAD, Times Staff Writer
First off, you have to remember that chickens produce more than eggs. They produce manure, lots of it. And, when the cleanup crews at the world's largest chicken ranch are short-handed because of a strike, there's trouble in Egg City. Each chicken expels about one-fourth pound of manure a day, which, with Egg City's 3 million chickens, means 375 tons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1997 | DAVID R. BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In neat paper stacks that blanket her dining room table, Patty Waters has assembled every document she can find on a project she fears. The papers--traffic projections, a safety study, county reports--describe a recycling center that an Oxnard-based business wants to build on the former Egg City site north of Moorpark. Waters lives less than a mile downhill, close enough to remember vividly the stench and truck traffic created by the old egg production facility and its 18 million chickens.
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