January 1, 1986 |
A 74-year-old woman whose grocery store has been broken into 13 times shot and killed a would-be robber who wounded her husband, sheriff's deputies said. "I let him have it in the belly," Lillian Speer said. "That's where I thought I shot. I was told later he was shot in the heart." The dead man was identified as Benjamin V. San Jose, 47, an ex-convict with a record for robberies and narcotics offenses going back 20 years, said Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Nelson.
March 28, 2012 |
The last thing a supermarket shopper wants to see is long lines and empty registers. Ten years ago, shoppers envisioned a day when radio-frequency identification tags would enable them to whisk shopping carts through a checkout without unloading them - or bypass the checkout lane and ring up groceries as they walked through the store. But RFID never got cheap enough for razor-thin grocery margins. And we're still stacking groceries on conveyor belts, a 19th-century invention.
March 24, 1987 |
Are supermarket prices in San Diego lower than those in nearby Los Angeles County? Yes, no and maybe, according to supermarket executives, federal government statistics and grocery industry observers. Those who believe San Diegans pay less for their groceries point to ever-increasing competition among retailers, the price-slashing policy employed by the now-defunct FedMart discount grocery stores, and the fairly recent arrival of Ralphs Grocery Co.
April 20, 2013
Angelenos like their freeways to be free (although they differ on what it means for highway access to be free). That's the sentiment expressed by the half a dozen reader responses to USC public policy professor Peter Gordon's letter last Saturday urging motorists to be patient with Los Angeles' experiment in congestion pricing on the 10 and 110 freeways. Gordon's lengthy letter discussed a Times article reporting that while traffic on the 110 toll lanes has sped up since their conversion from solely carpool lanes, it has slowed on the rest of the lanes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2012 |
As part of her campaign to battle childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the site of a future grocery store in Inglewood on Wednesday and spoke about the importance of bringing fresh food to disadvantaged communities. The market, which will open in April in an empty warehouse on South Prairie Avenue, is part of a statewide push to reduce obesity by attracting grocers to low-income neighborhoods and making healthy food more accessible. "I'm here today because I believe every family in our country should have access to healthy food," she said to a group of community residents and leaders.
August 12, 2012
On Tuesday, a committee of the Los Angeles City Council will consider a proposal by Councilman Ed Reyes that would place a hold on new chain-store development in Chinatown, a move that specifically would halt the planned construction of aWal-Mart grocery store in the neighborhood. There is substantial neighborhood opposition toWal-Mart, and Reyes' motion is an understandable response. Nevertheless, the council should reject it and allow the project to go forward. That's not becauseWal-Martwould be such a blessing, or because Chinatown so desperately needs this store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2012 |
Retail giant Wal-Mart's plan to bring a grocery store to Chinatown got another testy airing Tuesday as speakers on both sides of the issue squared off in a crowded hearing room at Los Angeles City Hall. Community activists, some wearing red T-shirts, urged the City Council's Planning and Land Use Committee to move forward with a one-year ban on large national chain stores in the historic district. The halt would give the Chinatown community and city leaders time to consider making the ban permanent, speakers told committee members.
April 4, 2004
I just finished "Did Markets Shelve Price-War Plans?" (March 29) and I still see that the powers that be who are directing these establishments have no idea what brings satisfied customers back to their stores. When I go to the grocery store I want to buy what is on my list. Therefore, No. 1 in my requirement is availability of the product. If I want something, I will pay the price; if I don't want it, free is too much. The second thing I want is friendly, helpful staff. Because of the ill-fated strike, I left Vons and started shopping for most of my needs at Stater Bros.
January 8, 2006
Regarding "L.A. Council Acts to Save Grocery Jobs," Dec. 22: It seems that the unions have found a way to do away with the negotiation process in dealing with the grocery industry in Los Angeles. All they have to do is tell the City Council what it is they want, and voila, there is a new ordinance that dictates to the grocery industry how long they must keep their employees on the books and what method they must use to lay them off. It appears that the millions of dollars that the unions spend on elections every year is paying off big time.
November 27, 1987 |
Two men jailed for nine months awaiting trial on robbery charges were cleared when a pair of look-alikes were arrested and confessed, police said. One of the men falsely accused, Thomas Sheffield, 38, had been identified by his mother as one of the robbers in photographs taken by a security camera, authorities said. His co-defendant, Edgar Rushing, 19, after being shown one of the pictures by an investigator, had asked: "Where did you get the photo of me?"