CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2010 |
An Oxnard school district charged the state and federal governments at least $5.6 million for distributing school meals that never existed, according to a two-year investigation triggered by district officials. The Oxnard Union High School District must now come up with the missing funds and is attempting to work out a repayment schedule with the state Department of Education, said Jack Parham, an attorney for the district. Meanwhile, the inspector general's office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which pays for discounted and free student meals, is weighing the the possibility of criminal charges.
June 4, 1995
Don't believe all of the criticism of the train service through the English Channel. We recently rode the Eurostar from Gare du Nord station in Paris to Waterloo Station, London, and found it clean and only a minute late. The food service was better than average at fair prices. The terminals are clean and efficient, new specially designed baggage carts are free, and personnel were available to solve problems or answer questions. CLIFF DEKTAR North Hollywood
November 11, 2001
Delta Air Lines' decision to save money by ending food and beverage service on most domestic flights offers a bleak picture for travelers, our company and our employees ["Delta Air to Halt Some Food Service," Oct. 20]. The way to get people flying again is by providing travel that is secure and, we believe, comfortable. Enhanced security measures are in place. Cutting meal and beverage service is a step we suspect falls short of meeting most people's definition of comfortable travel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1997
Most of the approximately 300 food service and housing workers at USC walked off their jobs Wednesday in a one-day protest of what they view as a lack of job security and to demand long-term contracts for all employees, union officials said. A spokesman for Local 11 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union estimated that 90% of the university's food service and housing workers walked off their jobs. Campus officials said about 60% walked out.
June 24, 2010 |
In January, Ferran Adrià announced that at the end of the 2011 season he planned to close El Bulli, his mythic restaurant on Spain's Costa Brava, with plans to reopen it two years later as a foundation, in which food service will be only a part. El Bulli has often been called "the best restaurant in the world" (whatever that means). Of course, it has been called many other things as well: an art performance space, a miracle, a shrine, sheer heaven, pure hell. I'm always a little surprised, in fact, by the diversity — and intensity — of the reactions a meal at El Bulli engenders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1996
It appears the majority members of the Orange Unified School District's Board of Education are concocting another scheme to frustrate and anger their constituents ("Orange Trustees Add Food to the Conservative Menu," May 5). Their newest scam is to dismantle the district's highly profitable and award-winning food service program and retain a private management company. In this latest saga, the board ignored the recommendations of its own staff, as well as testimony of recognized experts who proved such a risky proposition is bad for the parents, children, and taxpayers of the OUSD.
May 31, 1986 |
Saga Corp., target of a hostile tender offer by Marriott Corp., snubbed the hotel chain for the second time Friday and indicated for the first time that it is having discussions with others interested in buying the food service firm. In announcing that Saga's board had unanimously recommended that shareholders reject Marriott's $34-a-share tender offer, Chairman and Chief Executive Charles A.
April 10, 2006 |
Britain's Compass Group, the world's largest food service company, said Sunday that it had agreed to sell its airport and railway food concessions and other travel properties to an investor group for $3.2 billion. The sale of the unit, which operates in 26 countries, is part of Compass' move to focus on its core business and restore investor confidence.
May 11, 1986
As a parent of a school-age child, I am particularly dismayed at the current shenanigans of the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education with respect to the firing of food services director Ed Dodd. As reported in (The Times May 1), it appears that the board is guilty of shooting the bearer of bad news. Dodd disagrees with his superior, business services administrator Rory Livingston, over how to rectify the shocking loss of $700,000 over the past two years in the district's lunch program.