Thousands of unionized grocery workers from Bakersfield to the border turned out to vote Monday on whether to authorize a future strike — a move that could potentially lead to a massive walkout not seen since 2003.The outcome of the vote will not be known until late Tuesday, but if approved it would give union leaders the authority to call a strike should future negotiations fail with supermarket chains Albertsons — which now owns Vons and Pavilions — and Ralphs. A series of dates have been scheduled in July for further talks, which stalled earlier this month.“If the authorization vote carries, we have every intent to go back and negotiate and get a contract,” said Todd Walters, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135, which represents 7,000 grocery workers in San Diego and Imperial counties. “Now with that said, if we go back in July, and the stall tactics continue, we’ll have a problem and we may call a … [Read more...] about Will grocery store workers in San Diego vote for a strike?
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San Diego is cracking down on boats abandoned in one of the region’s last free places to moor or anchor vessels, a shallow part of the ocean off Naval Base Coronado known as Zuniga shoal.More than 100 boats have been abandoned there in recent years by drug smugglers and boat owners who can’t afford maintenance costs, creating an environmental and safety hazard that interferes with Navy operations, officials said.The boats often break apart during winter storms or high surf, sometimes releasing fuel and hazardous materials into the ocean and onto the beach. Demolition and clean-up costs average $18,000 when boats wash ashore. The City Council last week unanimously approved new regulations that limit anchorage in the rectangular-shaped shoal to two hours maximum and reduce the time for owners to recover cited boats from 90 days to 30 days. The two-hour limit aims to reduce the problem of abandoned boats while still allowing enough time for boaters to anchor there for fishing, … [Read more...] about San Diego cracking down on abandoned boats off North Island
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Firefighters in Southern California have rescued 13 ducklings from a storm drain. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports churchgoers called police Sunday afternoon after hearing the ducks chirping from the drain in Chula Vista. Fire officials say the ducklings might have fallen through holes in a grate while walking through a parking lot. Firefighters used a net to lift the birds out. Chula Vista Battalion Chief Rich Brocchini says rescuers found the ducklings' mother, but she flew away when they tried to capture her to relocate the family. He says the ducklings will be taken to the San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife where they will be raised until they can survive on their own. … [Read more...] about Firefighters rescue ducklings from drain in San Diego area
A San Diego based company is accused of making millions of dollars by coercing young women into having sex on camera. For many of the women, including some who spoke to NBC 7 Investigates, their experience ended with thoughts of suicide, humiliation, and isolation from family and friends. Nearly two dozen women say what started with a response to a modeling ad on Craigslist ended with videos of them having sex posted to some of the most popular porn websites in the world, according to a lawsuit filed against the company. They say the three owners of the website Girls Do Porn set up an elaborate scheme using fake names, reference girls paid to lie and promises that the videos would be sold to private collectors in Australia and New Zealand, according to the lawsuit. In January, a State Court Judge issued a tentative ruling, stating the women’s allegations had shown that the men had likely “engaged in malice, fraud or oppression.” An … [Read more...] about Uncovering A San Diego Porn Scheme: Deception, Humiliation Follow Online Ads
An Air Force men's basketball team in serious need of a victory begins a stretch where it plays three of the next four at home on Saturday.“We’ve got to take advantage of it,” coach Dave Pilipovich said. “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”San Diego State (9-6, 1-1 Mountain West) is first up Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by UNLV (9-6, 3-0) on Wednesday and then, after a trip to No. 7 Nevada, Boise State (7-8, 2-0) will visit Jan. 22.If Air Force (5-10, 0-3) hopes to make the climb up the conference standings it envisioned before the season, this is the kind of stretch where it must find the answers that have baffled it during a skid that has brought five losses in six games. Air Force turnovers too much to overcome in blowout loss at Colorado StateSan Diego State has won nine of its last 10 meetings with Air Force, including the last three.PLAYER TO STOPJalen McDaniels, San Diego State: The sophomore forward is averaging 18.7 points, 10 rebounds, … [Read more...] about Air Force begins stretch of games at home with visit from San Diego State