CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2009 |
The state's budget crunch so far has not appeared to affect firefighters' ability to battle the Southern California blazes. This year's firefighting efforts, however, could exacerbate the state's lingering financial problems, increasing the size of the deficit that lawmakers will have to close next year. A $182-million emergency fund the governor created for fighting wildfires was already half-depleted on Aug. 24 -- the last time officials tallied the numbers -- with more than 10 months left in the fiscal year and what is typically the worst of fire season yet to arrive.
February 5, 2005 |
Weeks before the first picket signs went up in Southern California's bitter supermarket labor dispute, grocery chains were designing a mutual aid pact to ensure that no chain could profit at the expense of another as they battled the union, court documents unsealed Friday showed. The long strike and lockout, which ended a year ago, pitted the United Food and Commercial Workers union against Safeway Inc., which owns Vons and Pavilions; Kroger Co., the parent of Ralphs; and Albertsons Inc.
January 29, 2005 |
Albertsons Inc., Safeway Inc. and Kroger Co. must disclose terms of a mutual-aid agreement used during the 141-day strike and lockout at Southern and Central California stores last year, U.S. District Judge George King in Los Angeles ruled. King allowed the supermarkets -- Albertsons, Safeway's Vons and Pavilions stores and Kroger's Ralphs -- to keep the agreement confidential until Feb. 4 to give them time to appeal.
January 31, 2004 |
California's attorney general said Friday that he planned to sue the grocery chains involved in the state's supermarket strike and lockout, alleging that their controversial mutual-aid pact violates federal antitrust laws. The pact, whereby the stores agreed to share an undisclosed amount of cash to help each of them during the dispute, "hurts consumers by discouraging competitive pricing" between the chains, Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said in a statement.
December 23, 2003 |
The three chains in the supermarket dispute held last-minute talks Monday with the state attorney general over his demand that they surrender a copy of their controversial mutual-aid pact. Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, citing potential antitrust violations, subpoenaed Safeway Inc., Kroger Co. and Albertsons Inc. on Dec. 1, asking them to produce the agreement by the close of business Monday.
November 21, 2003 |
A union-backed consumer lawsuit filed Thursday against the three supermarket chains in the 6-week-old strike and lockout alleges that the chains' unusual mutual-aid pact violates California antitrust law. The suit casts a spotlight on a key element of the labor dispute that has seldom been mentioned since the strike began Oct. 11 and that executives at the grocery stores -- Kroger Co.'s Ralphs, Albertsons Inc. and Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions -- refuse to discuss publicly in any detail.