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OPINION
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.
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OPINION
May 24, 2012
Re "L.A.'s war on shopping carts," Editorial, May 20 I walk to the store to do grocery shopping for the week. Because I cannot possibly get all these groceries on the bus or carry them home, what will the city do for me? Offer free taxi vouchers? If the mayor thinks requiring locking mechanisms on shopping cart wheels will boost his popularity, he should think again and get busy revoking this ordinance. Lori Graham Los Angeles I like shopping at Aldi grocery stores, a German-based chain with many locations in the U.S. You don't have to worry about hitting a shopping cart in the parking lot. How do they do it?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban plastic grocery bags in areas of the county under its jurisdiction, endorsing a broadly worded measure that proponents hope could become a model for California. The ban, which goes beyond ordinances adopted in Malibu and San Francisco, most directly affects 1.1 million people who live outside the county's incorporated cities. But anyone shopping at stores in such areas would encounter the new rules. Opponents suggested they might go to court to try to block the ban before the first phase takes effect in July, when 67 large supermarkets and pharmacies must stop providing disposable plastic bags.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Arden Group Inc., the Compton parent of the upscale Gelson's Markets chain, said Monday that it is considering selling the company or looking into other options. Board members “initiated a process to explore and evaluate strategic alternatives, which may include a possible sale,” the company said in a statement. Arden, which owns 16 Gelson's across Southern California, said it retained Moelis & Co. as its sole financial adviser during the review. The supermarket chain said it hadn't made a decision to pursue any specific moves and said it had “no defined timeline” for its evaluation.
BUSINESS
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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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