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September 1, 2010 | By Keith Christman
Over the weekend, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) and other supporters of the bill to ban plastic grocery bags (AB 1998) attempted to make the legislation more palatable to state senators, who will decide the bill's fate soon. The amendments they made to win over reluctant senators actually prove that Brownley's bill would hurt working families, put people out of good jobs and create an expensive new bureaucracy when California has far more pressing problems to solve. The amendments added behind closed doors shine a spotlight on the major weaknesses of the legislation.
January 13, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Bernard Gelson, who pioneered upscale grocery shopping in Southern California as the co-founder of Gelson's Markets, has died. He was 84. Gelson, who had been in failing health, died Monday of pneumonia at his home in Encino, said his wife, Ellyn. Gelson was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Jan. 29, 1920. He and his younger brother, Eugene, learned the grocery business from their parents, who ran a small store.
October 5, 1985 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Price Co., which operates 21 discount warehouse stores in four states, on Friday said that it is negotiating with a Montreal-based retail chain to form a joint venture to open and operate an undisclosed number of Price Clubs in Canada. The San Diego-based company is discussing the joint-venture proposal with Steinberg Inc., which operates grocery and retail stores in Canada and the United States. The discussions could be concluded "shortly," according to a Price Co.
November 26, 2003
The Teamsters' announcement that they will refuse to deliver to the grocery stores beginning a few days before Thanksgiving is a classic example of why unions lack public support (Nov. 25). Their disregard for the effects of their actions on others reinforces my perception of unions as groups of aloof, self-centered bullies. I have been asked to forgo convenience and choice for the last two months; now I am expected to accept a holiday food shortage for the purpose of gaining an attractive benefit package for grocery workers.
January 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Microsoft Corp. is bringing digital advertising to the grocery cart. The software maker has spent four years working with Plano, Texas-based MediaCart Holdings Inc. on a grocery cart-mounted console that helps shoppers find products in the store, then scan and pay for their items without waiting in a checkout line. Starting in the second half of this year, the companies plan to test MediaCart in Wakefern Food Corp.'s ShopRite supermarkets on the East Coast. Customers with a ShopRite loyalty card will be able to log into a website at home and type in their grocery lists; when they get to the store and swipe their card on the MediaCart console, the list will appear.
December 3, 2003
Regarding your Dec. 1 editorial on "McJob" being included in a new dictionary: I predict that a future edition of Webster's will include the word "Walmartize," as in "the grocery industry was Walmartized, so that the majority of employees held McJobs." Paul Eklof Costa Mesa
December 25, 2003
If anyone doubted that the United States is in the midst of a cultural war, he or she might want to look at Patt Morrison's Dec. 23 column, "Shopping at Wal-Mart Like Nightmarish Trip Overseas." Stating that she "was terrified someone would recognize me," Morrison bravely risked a shopping trip to the world's No. 1 retailer. Appalled that most of the merchandise available was made overseas, the author bemoaned the rise of "Wal-Mart's world," a world rich with affordable, practical merchandise.
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