Month: September 2011

No Strike: Union, Grocery Store Leaders Reach Tentative Agreement

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Updated at 1:00 p.m. Monday. Union leaders and the "Big Three" grocery chains have reached an agreement—leaving 62,000 Southern California workers on the job. The success of the talks, which continued through the weekend, was announced at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. In a press release, the United Food and Commercial Workers, the union which represents the workers, said a tentative contract agreement was made, putting an end to the negotiations that began in February. “Thanks to the unity of our members, we were successful in bargaining an agreement that grocery workers can be proud of,” the union negotiators said in a statement, noting that "protections" to health care benefits were made. “We have attained our most important goal, which was continuing

Calling for Nominations: 30 Under 30 San Diego County Leaders

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With constant updates on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the continued worries about the economy, it’s hard to find feel-good news. But that’s why Patch prides itself in its work. Though it’s important to cover budget cuts, the recession’s effects on local businesses and how the ongoing war affects our soldiers, Patch also shines a bright light on good things in our communities, too. At Patch, you can read the story about an 8-year-old in La Jolla who won three national karate championships. Also at Patch, you read about a 22-year-old former Powegian reaching for the stars with his online venture. Of course, Patch also featured beautiful young women in the pageants across San Diego County. But these are just a few of the many young people in San Diego County

Volunteers Work to Rid Coasts of Trash

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Volunteers from local community organizations, South Bay residents and in-state helpers came together on Saturday to help clean San Diego’s coastal areas countywide. In Imperial Beach, Boy Scout organizations, activists and other environmental associations like Wild Coast / Costa Salvaje gathered to clean the Tijuana River Valley area east of the Dairy Mart Road bridge. In Coronado, government employees, residents and college students pitched in to clean the beach one rock at a time. California American Water even sent out most of its employees to help out in the county effort, according to External Affairs Manager Brian A. Barreto. Forty of its members attended Saturday’s cleanups. The city of Coronado estimated it had 20-plus people volunteering at the 9 a.m.-no

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A Base Air Program to End Saturday

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No one is quite sure how long the C-12 program has been running out of Naval Base Coronado, except that it's been quite a long time.Lt. Cmdr. Nick Byrd, one of nine pilots who fly the remaining three planes, took a shot online and found that the Navy purchased the planes in the late '70s, so they must have come to Coronado soon afterward.They will leave Saturday, when the last C-12 flight departs the base. The program is a victim of cost-cutting measures taking place at installations across the country.The planes, typically Beechcraft King Airs, are in place for short hops to Navy posts around the region and beyond. Pilots also fly important guests of the Navy from Sen. John McCain, a former POW, to celebrities like one-time hiphop star (and Navy enlistee) MC Hammer.The program will cont...

Sister’s Quest: Justice for Becky

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When Rebecca Zahau's loved ones saw her for the first time after her July 13 death, they stared long and hard at her face, her skin, her hands, looking for any signs of what they believed happened, even then: She was killed.“In the darkest moment of our lives, when we stood in front of her casket and had to look at her, we still had the strength to go through at least that part of her body which could be seen in order to find things that could help us in the investigation, things which could prove that she couldn't have done this to herself,” her sister, Snowem Horwath, recalled of first seeing Zahau's remains.Horwath, on the phone from Hamburg, Germany, spoke at length this week about her family's shock and dismay upon learning Aug. 31 that detectives had declared Zahau's death a suicid

Before There Was a Bay Books, She Was in Charge

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Name: Barbara Chambers Job: Manager at Bay Books Overview: Chambers has held the top spot at Bay Books, a Coronado institution on Orange Avenue, since before it even opened its doors. The independent bookstore will celebrate its 20th anniversary next month. Chambers had been an acquaintance of the late Shirley Muller, the store’s owner, and Muller asked her to manage it before the opening in October 1991. “I remember walking in, my first minute, when there were no books, just fixtures,” Chambers recalls. Chambers, an avid reader who had long thought about owning her own bookstore, has run the store ever since. The store – once the site of a flower shop – has expanded twice and is now 4,000 square feet. From out of the cold: Chambers, 70, was born and raised in a small

Back to the Basics: Tim Townsley and the Changing Business of Shaping Surfboards

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Back in 1993, Imperial Beach surfer Tim Townsley set up a surfboard factory, TNT Surfboards, in a big empty warehouse at the northern end of 13th Street next to San Diego Bay. In the 1990s TNT was producing between eight to 10 surfboards a day. Faced with an economic downturn, dramatic changes in the surfboard industry due to globalization and offshore production, and the development of the Bayshore Bike Village, Tim is closing the 13th Street factory down and looking for new space. The TNT factory has employed some of San Diego County’s elite surfboard shapers including Dave Craig, Jay Novak and Brett Bender. Tim still runs the TNT Surfboard Shop at 206 Palm Ave. in Imperial Beach and is shaping boards through his own Townsley label. Patch: How did you start TNT?