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Mountain View Voice

News - November 16, 2012

Community briefs

Nob Hill strike ends

After little more than a week on strike, over 7,000 grocery store workers, including those at Mountain View's Nob Hill, can breathe a sigh of relief.

Union and company officials announced that they had come to an agreement Tuesday and the strike has been called off at Raley's and Nob Hill grocery stores in California and Nevada.

While details were not immediately available, the UFCW represented workers will be able to keep their union-controlled health plan, a major sticking point during 15 months of negotiations that broke down on Nov. 4.

Striking employees protested outside the Mountain View Nob Hill last week.

—Daniel DeBolt

Immigration talk with Vargas

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will be returning to Mountain View to speak about the future of immigration at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

His talk, "Not Legal. Not Leaving," will be 90 minutes long, followed by a question-and-answer session. Admission is free. Dick Henning, the founder of Foothill College's Celebrity Forum Speaker Series, will moderate the presentation.

In addition to being a renowned journalist, Vargas is an undocumented immigrant and activist for immigration reform. He's the co-founder of the non-profit Define American, an organization seeking to expand the current debate on immigration.

Vargas is a graduate of Mountain View High School and a former intern at the Mountain View Voice.

—Ashley Finden

Superstorm Sandy scams

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is warning people to beware of con artists soliciting donations to help aid the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The culprits reach out to people claiming they are working for a community organization or well-known charities — either by phone, email or in person, according to the district attorney's office.

Some red flags to be aware of include a solicitor pressuring for a donation, asking for cash, offering to come to a home to pick up a check or being unable to explain how a donation will be used, prosecutors said.

Instead, the district attorney's office said to donate directly to an established, major nonprofit organization, such as the American Red Cross or Salvation Army.

When contacted by anyone asking for donations, do not give out any personal information and do not click on any links when solicited for money through emails.

Anyone with questions or who believes they may be a victim of a scam is asked to call the consumer protection unit of the district attorney's office at (408) 792-2880.

—Bay City News Service

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