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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1990
The recent decision by Judge Janavs to bar Joe Cicero from selling Christmas trees on the leased Pierce College property is indecent, to say the least. The judge is a jerk. In past years, I bought produce of high quality at the previous Cicero location. Beyond the family's dedication to good stuff offered at reasonable prices was their dedication to providing an aura of pleasure to children. Free popcorn and Kool-Aid; goats and rabbits and ducks and pigs and other animals that the kids could watch, talk to and pet. All the animals were clean, well-fed and cared for. The kids loved the free ride through the crop fields, sitting on bales of hay on a big trailer drawn by an old tractor manned by a good-natured Cicero employee.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
Joe Cicero, the former operator of Pierce College's farm stand, says he plans to open a new stand soon in the West Valley. Losing his lease after 10 years at the school was a blow, he said. But his family, which has farmed in the San Fernando Valley for more than four decades, intends to stay in business, he said. "We're not going down." Investors, whom he declined to name, have helped finance his planned 15-acre operation on Sherman Way near Shoup Avenue, he said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
Joe Cicero, the former operator of Pierce College's farm stand, says he plans to open a new stand soon in the West Valley. Losing his lease after 10 years at the school was a blow, he said. But his family, which has farmed in the San Fernando Valley for more than four decades, intends to stay in business, he said. "We're not going down." Investors, whom he declined to name, have helped finance his planned 15-acre operation on Sherman Way near Shoup Avenue, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1992 | MAYERENE BARKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sleigh bells ring, children sing, and all is merry and bright once again at the corner of Victory Boulevard and De Soto Avenue. After a year's absence, urban farmer Joe Cicero--a man almost as familiar as jolly old St. Nick to many San Fernando Valley residents--is back on the Woodland Hills corner selling Christmas trees and offering sleigh rides to children. His one-time competitor, Christmas tree magnate Stu Miller, is nowhere to be seen--at least not in the immediate vicinity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1991 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thursday was supposed to be the day that Cicero Farms, well, bought the farm. But on what would have been the farm's last day of business, Pierce College and Los Angeles Community College District officials agreed to let farmer Joe Cicero stay on the land at least until his crops are harvested. College officials have been trying to force Cicero off 15 acres of land he has been renting for five years.
NEWS
December 13, 1990 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Cicero stays up all night. By morning, he's chain-smoking Marlboro Lights and waiting beside the telephone. A judge in a courtroom somewhere is supposed to make a decision on legal matters that Joe doesn't quite understand, legal matters that could put him out of business. "Heck, I'm just a farmer," Cicero says. "Let me get back to my tractor." He should be accustomed to such difficulty; it should run deep in his blood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1991 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the last five years, Cicero Farms has reminded San Fernando Valley residents of a bygone era. The farm offered a slice of Americana: hayrides and pumpkin patches, freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, cows and horses. But at the end of this month, barring a miracle, Cicero Farms will end its operation at Pierce College.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1992 | MAYERENE BARKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sleigh bells ring, children sing, and all is merry and bright once again at the corner of Victory Boulevard and De Soto Avenue. After a year's absence, urban farmer Joe Cicero--a man almost as familiar as jolly old St. Nick to many San Fernando Valley residents--is back on the Woodland Hills corner selling Christmas trees and offering sleigh rides to children. His one-time competitor, Christmas tree magnate Stu Miller, is nowhere to be seen--at least not in the immediate vicinity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1990 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The approach of Christmas brings no Yuletide cheer to the corner of Victory Boulevard and De Soto Avenue in Woodland Hills, scene of a Christmas tree war between one of the last San Fernando Valley farming families and a tree marketing firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1990 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying she regretted she had to play Scrooge, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge stepped into the San Fernando Valley Christmas tree war Monday, ordering farmer Joe Cicero not to sell Christmas trees on land he leases from Pierce College.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1992 | MAYERENE BARKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Farmer Joe Cicero, who in October was in danger of going out of business, will probably be selling freshly harvested fruits and vegetables from his familiar produce stand on Pierce College farmland for at least another three years. Only two bids were received by the Los Angeles Community College District for the lease of the 25 acres that Cicero has farmed for several years--and both involve Cicero, said Don Love, vice president of administration for Pierce, which is in Woodland Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1991 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thursday was supposed to be the day that Cicero Farms, well, bought the farm. But on what would have been the farm's last day of business, Pierce College and Los Angeles Community College District officials agreed to let farmer Joe Cicero stay on the land at least until his crops are harvested. College officials have been trying to force Cicero off 15 acres of land he has been renting for five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1991 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the last five years, Cicero Farms has reminded San Fernando Valley residents of a bygone era. The farm offered a slice of Americana: hayrides and pumpkin patches, freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, cows and horses. But at the end of this month, barring a miracle, Cicero Farms will end its operation at Pierce College.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1991 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attempt to evict farmer Joe Cicero from the land he leases at Pierce College has withered away like an abandoned Christmas tree on a warm day. While Cicero is busy selling strawberries and other fresh produce at his wooden stand at Victory Boulevard and Desoto Avenue, officials of the Los Angeles Community College District are revising the terms of his lease to avoid conflicts--most notably a rerun of the Christmas tree war of 1990.
NEWS
December 13, 1990 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Cicero stays up all night. By morning, he's chain-smoking Marlboro Lights and waiting beside the telephone. A judge in a courtroom somewhere is supposed to make a decision on legal matters that Joe doesn't quite understand, legal matters that could put him out of business. "Heck, I'm just a farmer," Cicero says. "Let me get back to my tractor." He should be accustomed to such difficulty; it should run deep in his blood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1990
The recent decision by Judge Janavs to bar Joe Cicero from selling Christmas trees on the leased Pierce College property is indecent, to say the least. The judge is a jerk. In past years, I bought produce of high quality at the previous Cicero location. Beyond the family's dedication to good stuff offered at reasonable prices was their dedication to providing an aura of pleasure to children. Free popcorn and Kool-Aid; goats and rabbits and ducks and pigs and other animals that the kids could watch, talk to and pet. All the animals were clean, well-fed and cared for. The kids loved the free ride through the crop fields, sitting on bales of hay on a big trailer drawn by an old tractor manned by a good-natured Cicero employee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1991 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attempt to evict farmer Joe Cicero from the land he leases at Pierce College has withered away like an abandoned Christmas tree on a warm day. While Cicero is busy selling strawberries and other fresh produce at his wooden stand at Victory Boulevard and Desoto Avenue, officials of the Los Angeles Community College District are revising the terms of his lease to avoid conflicts--most notably a rerun of the Christmas tree war of 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1992 | MAYERENE BARKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Farmer Joe Cicero, who in October was in danger of going out of business, will probably be selling freshly harvested fruits and vegetables from his familiar produce stand on Pierce College farmland for at least another three years. Only two bids were received by the Los Angeles Community College District for the lease of the 25 acres that Cicero has farmed for several years--and both involve Cicero, said Don Love, vice president of administration for Pierce, which is in Woodland Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1990 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying she regretted she had to play Scrooge, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge stepped into the San Fernando Valley Christmas tree war Monday, ordering farmer Joe Cicero not to sell Christmas trees on land he leases from Pierce College.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1990 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The approach of Christmas brings no Yuletide cheer to the corner of Victory Boulevard and De Soto Avenue in Woodland Hills, scene of a Christmas tree war between one of the last San Fernando Valley farming families and a tree marketing firm.
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