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September 17, 2000
I found "Albertson's Still Finding Its Footing in California" [Sept. 10] interesting, but not very surprising. I shopped at Lucky for more than 10 years because its employees were always friendly and helpful, the store brands (Lucky and Lady Lee) were as good or better than the national brands, and its prices were indeed lower overall. When Albertson's Inc. took over and renamed the stores Albertsons, it got rid of the employees, stocked its own store brands, which aren't as good, and raised the prices.
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BUSINESS
December 20, 1989 | JOHN MEDEARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Egg City in Moorpark, once the world's largest chicken ranch, won a labor victory Friday when a state board upheld a 1986 vote by the farm's employees to end representation by the United Farm Workers. "We're delighted that the vote the people made has been upheld, and we hope the facility will be able to move forward," said Richard Carrot, one of Egg City's owners. The State Agricultural Labor Relations Board's decision affirmed the findings made in June by an administrative judge.
BUSINESS
March 26, 1990 | From Reuters
Avon Products Inc., the embattled cosmetics giant that has been trying to fight off uninvited overtures, said today that it has agreed to nominate two directors proposed by unwanted suitor Chartwell Associates LP to its board. Chartwell, an investment group that includes much smaller rival Mary Kay Cosmetics, oil heir Gordon Getty and the Fisher real estate family of New York, previously said it would make a bid for Avon if the group's candidates were elected to Avon's board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1997 | PENNY AREVALO
Art teacher Bruce Kanegai received the greatest compliment from one of his students not too long ago. She said he taught her mother 20 years ago at Simi Valley High School, and she considers him the best teacher she ever had. "That's what it's all about," Kanegai said. Perhaps the second-greatest compliment came this week when Amgen Inc. named Kanegai one of five recipients of its annual Amgen Award for Teacher Excellence. The prize comes with a $10,000 prize.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1994 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former employee filed a lawsuit against Cineplex Odeon and its Universal City Cinemas on Thursday, charging that the management of the movie theater complex at Universal Studios condoned a "pervasive environment of sexual harassment." Karen Kenney, 26, who worked as a personnel manager for Universal City Cinemas for about a year and a half before she was fired, said she was fondled and subjected repeatedly to crude jokes and explicit accounts of their sexual exploits by other employees.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn and David Pierson
Tensions ran high again Tuesday when Google Inc. blamed Chinese government censors for a temporary outage of its search engine in mainland China. Even as access to Google was restored, the public outcry over the interruption underscored the heightened sensitivity of Chinese Internet users who fear Beijing regulators will permanently block Google as retaliation for the company's recent defiant public stand against censorship in China. China's powerful filtering system, dubbed "the Great Firewall," has blocked other U.S. sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that ran afoul of government watchdogs.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The maker of Ambien has begun a new ad campaign that it hopes will reverse a sales slide triggered by reports that some patients couldn't recall driving or eating while sleepwalking when using the prescription sleep aid. The campaign by Sanofi-Aventis is likely to be the first salvo in what analysts predict will be a fierce advertising war in the market, which has seen sales drop in the aftermath of the negative news. Ambien is expected to have a new competitor by June, when Pfizer Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Pasadena businessman Ming Hsieh learned the value of education through some very tough lessons. As a child in China, he missed school for 10 years during the Cultural Revolution, when his family was sent to a remote village to work on a rice farm. His parents, both college graduates, improvised with scavenged textbooks, teaching Ming and his brother by candlelight in their one-room shanty.
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