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Safeway Inc. and Albertsons
(AB) announced March 6th that they had reached a definitive
agreement under which Albertsons’ will acquire all outstanding
shares of Safeway. The merger agreement was unanimously approved by
the Board of Directors of Safeway. Albertsons’ Chief Executive
Officer Bob Miller stated, “This transaction offers us the
opportunity to better serve customers by adapting more quickly to
evolving shopping preferences in diverse regions across the country.
It also brings together two great organizations with talented
management teams. Robert Edwards and his team have done an
outstanding job in positioning Safeway’s core business for success,
by investing in its stores and creating innovative strategic
marketing programs that contribute to shareholder value. Working
together will enable us to create cost savings that translate into
price reductions for our customers. Together, we will be able to
respond to local needs more quickly and deliver outstanding products
at the lowest possible price, more efficiently than ever before.”
IN THE NEWS
It Took Over an Hour to Extricate Man
BURNEY - A retired businessman received severe injuries and was
flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding following a single
vehicle crash last Tuesday. According to CHP officer J.D.
Mostoufi, Raymond D. Herrell, 71, was westbound on Highway 299
west of Cassel Road at an unknown speed. He allowed his 2000
Dodge Durango to drift onto the shoulder where the right front
of the car sideswiped the trunk of a large oak tree. His car
continued on the shoulder and collided head-on into the trunk of
a second large oak tree and overturned, coming to rest on the
driver’s side. He was trapped inside the car for over an hour as
fire personnel attempted to extricate him. He was flown by
Highway Patrol Helicopter to Mercy.
LAFCO Approves Sphere of Influence
By Loretta Carrico-Russell
The Commission voted six to one to approve SOI, but questioned the report prepared by consultant Robert Braitman, at LAFCO’s expense. Chair Les Baugh explained that executive officer Jan Lopez did consulting work for the District and in the interest of transparency Braitman was hired to prepare the report, yet Braitman said during the meeting he received his information from “LAFCO staff.”
Baugh said he was voting in favor of the SOI despite the
insufficient information in the report. The report contained a
lot of extraneous information with an inaccurate financial
figure, which concerned some of the commissioners. At issue in
the report was the amount of debt the District has, which would
impact its ability to expand its service area or annexing in
areas the District is already providing services to, but are not
within its boundaries.
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By Walt Caldwell
Over $29,000 worth of equipment, tools and ATV’s were taken.
Kenneth Warren Green was taken into custody early in the investigation in January.
Sharp says he has submitted the names of two other suspects to the District Attorney’s office and expects to hear back from the DA within two weeks.
A large portion of the stolen goods were recovered partially with the help of Thomas.
Sharp says he doesn’t expect to locate or recover any additional property.
The case caused a major uproar in the Fall River Valley because of the length of time it took the Sheriff’s Department, short staffed because of the holidays, to respond.
Both Burney Patrol commander
Mark Lillibridge and Sheriff Tom Bosenko admitted the department had
dropped the ball and have since taken steps to insure that delayed
response doesn’t occur again.
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