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OPINION
May 20, 2012
"Do you need any help out with your groceries today?" Well yes, as a matter of fact. There are three full grocery bags in the cart. And a purse. And a 3-year-old. And that cart is a lifesaver because a person only has two arms. But instead of going all the way to the car or the bus stop, the wheels are locked and the thing won't move. Staring down from a post and mocking shoppers is a snarky sign explaining that the carts will go only so far and then stop at an electronic barrier, and that this confounded new system is somehow there for our protection.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
A man believed to be homeless died Friday after pushing a shopping cart over a downed power line in Fullerton, police said. When officers arrived at the 1800 block of Commonwealth Avenue, the man was on the ground and in contact with the cable, according to Sgt. Jeff Stuart of the Fullerton Police Department. Nobody could touch him, because the high-voltage cable was still live. After firefighters de-energized the line, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. A witness told police that the man had run into the downed line with a shopping cart, Stuart said.
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NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld staged another one of his epic fashion extravaganzas Tuesday morning at Paris Fashion Week, transforming the Grand Palais into a Chanel-themed supermarket and stocking the aisles with Chanel-branded groceries. Coco Flakes, Croustilles (potato chips) Gabrielle, Jardin de Gabrielle canned peas, No. H20 Eau Minerale and more were stacked Warholian-style on shelves and displays. There were cases of fruit and vegetables, hanging hams (or Cambon jambon as it was called, in reference to Chanel's famous Rue Cambon address)
OPINION
April 8, 2014
Re "A new approach to skid row," Editorial, April 4 I am delighted by your editorial. As part of the L.A. Catholic Worker community on skid row for more than 40 years, we have not only fed and cared for the homeless, we have also over the years given out roughly 10,000 free shopping carts. We have been an integral part of the federal lawsuit against the city for the seizure of shopping carts and the vital possessions of the homeless that the city has fruitlessly pursued all the way to the Supreme Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1996
Where am I? Well, if there are streets lined with supermarket shopping carts--and the steady "whop-whop" of police helicopters (days and mostly nights)--you must be in Van Nuys. PHIL F. MARSIK Van Nuys
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1996 | HOPE HAMASHIGE and DEBRA CANO
Keeping the city free of shopping carts has proved too costly for Costa Mesa, at least with the company it originally hired to do the job. The City Council recently canceled its agreement with Unlimited Contracting Service, hired last year to collect carts and return them to the markets from which they strayed. The council said it will save money by going with another company: Shopping Cart Retrieval Corp. City Manager Allan L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1997
In The Times on July 11, the Anaheim City Council announced that it will try to repeal the shopping cart law. It wants to hold the owners of the carts responsible for picking them up. The owners are not the ones causing the blight on Anaheim streets. Why not hold the people responsible who use them for strollers, laundry carts and shopping carts to take home or leave in the streets as they see fit? I have been a resident of Anaheim for more than 30 years, and I see this go on every day. To put the burden on the store owner only is unfair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Just months after city officials came up with a plan to corral renegade shopping carts, the state Legislature passed a law overriding city ordinances on the issue. But officials here said they would not give up on a problem the mayor has labeled as "second only to graffiti" in terms of blight in the city. City Council members on Tuesday agreed to draft a new ordinance incorporating changes in the law that could be approved at their Oct. 22 meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1997 | Associated Press
Vandals have been dropping shopping carts from an overpass onto vehicles 17 feet below. No one was seriously hurt in the three attacks. No arrests have been made, but some teenage boys and young men are under investigation, officials said Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
San Francisco is spending $650,000 a year to deal with shopping carts left in public places, mostly by the homeless. The city collects, cleans and stores the carts. It also keeps most of the confiscated possessions for months to protect itself from lawsuits, as many homeless people have challenged the city in recent years about missing belongings. Belongings are kept for at least 90 days, but only 1% of them are ever claimed.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld staged another one of his epic fashion extravaganzas Tuesday morning at Paris Fashion Week, transforming the Grand Palais into a Chanel-themed supermarket and stocking the aisles with Chanel-branded groceries. Coco Flakes, Croustilles (potato chips) Gabrielle, Jardin de Gabrielle canned peas, No. H20 Eau Minerale and more were stacked Warholian-style on shelves and displays. There were cases of fruit and vegetables, hanging hams (or Cambon jambon as it was called, in reference to Chanel's famous Rue Cambon address)
BUSINESS
November 28, 2013 | By James Barragan and Paresh Dave
The Thanksgiving deals keep coming, with a big round of stores throwing open their doors at 8 p.m. Hundreds of shoppers rushed into the Kohl's at Stonewood Center in Downey, quickly nabbing all of the available shopping carts as they took off in their search for discounts. Everyone else was left to carry their merchandise in Kohl's shopping bags. Jose Castro of Montebello said discounts were especially important to him this year because he started a new job as a factory worker packaging shrimp, a position that pays minimum wage.
SCIENCE
May 6, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Attention dieters: If you want to maximize your chances of success, don't go to the grocery store on an empty stomach. So says a new JAMA Internal Medicine study from two members of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab , where researchers investigate “the psychology behind what people eat and how often they eat it,” as this website puts it. The study authors - Brian Wansink and Aner Tal - asked 68 study subjects to fast for...
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?
OPINION
May 20, 2012
"Do you need any help out with your groceries today?" Well yes, as a matter of fact. There are three full grocery bags in the cart. And a purse. And a 3-year-old. And that cart is a lifesaver because a person only has two arms. But instead of going all the way to the car or the bus stop, the wheels are locked and the thing won't move. Staring down from a post and mocking shoppers is a snarky sign explaining that the carts will go only so far and then stop at an electronic barrier, and that this confounded new system is somehow there for our protection.
NEWS
April 16, 2012 | By Jeff Dietrich
Carol Schatz, a leading advocate for downtown business owners, says in her April 9 Times Op-Ed article that a federal judge's ruling to uphold the property rights of skid row's homeless residents enables homelessness. I am a homeless enabler. My organization, Los Angeles Catholic Worker, has been publicly accused by police and the business community of being homeless enablers because we provide food -- more than 5,000 meals weekly. We provide blankets, raincoats and heavy blue tarps for shelter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Attacking an eyesore, the city will now impound abandoned shopping carts littering the streets. Under an ordinance the City Council adopted last week, the city will dispose of the carts if owners do not pick them up within 15 days after receiving notices. The impound fee, yet to be established, will be reduced if shopping cart owners prove that they employ a cart retrieval service. At last week's council meeting, resident Kelly Garcia said she felt the new law unfairly targets businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
To rid streets of shopping carts, the City Council today will consider an ordinance to deal with lost, stolen or abandoned carts. The proposed ordinance includes the immediate impounding of shopping carts that impede emergency services or do not have identification. Those with identification, but where the cart owner has agreed to waive the three-day notice to retrieve the property, will also be picked up immediately.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2012 | By Shan Li
Greeters decked out in blue vests are a familiar sight at Wal-Mart  store entrances nationwide. Now they are moving inside. In February, the nation's biggest retailer will pull greeters from the lobby and into the store so they can more actively help with customer service, Wal-Mart  spokeswoman Ashley Hardie said. Greeters have been around at the discount giant since 1980. Hardie said Wal-Mart  has expanded the duties of greeters over the years to include tagging return items and wiping down shopping carts.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2011 | Tiffany Hsu and Hailey Branson-Potts
Southern California shoppers were offered a new twist Thursday to their annual Thanksgiving routine: the chance to do some post-dinner bargain hunting. Eager to get a jump on pushing low-priced inventory out the door, many big chains moved the opening bell for Black Friday sales to midnight -- or even earlier. Toys R Us opened at 9 p.m., while Wal-Mart trotted out new bargains at 10. Macy's, Kohl's, Target and other chains were set to open at midnight. But not all went smoothly.
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