Thursday, August 23, 2001
To add more torque to an already angst-laden errand, Squid was confronted on the last trip by a squad of "union" picketers urging a boycott of the store. The picketers did not appear to be carpenters, while their leaflets said, "Carpenters Local 713. They were mum, but the leaflets said Safeway uses bad-guy construction contractors.
Squid called and got passed around union offices like a dirty stick. "You gotta talk to this guy. No. That guy."
The leaflet reported labor matters under federal investigation. The regional office of National Labor Relations Board says it hasn't had any complaints against Safeway or the contractors.
Safeway's northern California office sent Squid a five-sentence statement. "Safeway does not hire carpenters to build stores--competent general contractors hire them," it said.
A friend who'd made a recent trip to Safeway brought in the leaflet she was handed. Included was a strip of paper apologizing for the silent union picketers. Further questions could be answered by a Richard Wright at a San Jose phone number.
He says the boycott hasn't been goin' so good in Monterey.
"I have received no calls from Monterey County, which is typical for Monterey," Wright says. "I don't know why."
He speculated that maybe it's because people in Monterey have enough money and don't care. Just a speculation, he says.
Maybe it's the Heineken in cans.
ANOTHER CASE FOR STAYING HYDRATED Squid has concluded it was bad weather that convinced our founding fathers to situate the nation's capitol in swampland on the Mason-Dixon Line.
They figured our government could never get big if officials and bureaucrats had to flee the mosquito-infested inferno every summer to Cape Cod. They didn't consider what would happen if a couple of Colonels decided to stay in DC for the season.
New Monterey and Pacific Grove residents are about to find out. Last week, orders were issued from Washington (during the recent East Coast heat wave no doubt) that Monterey's Presidio will no longer provide public access to vehicles transecting its premises.
Obviously heat-stroked, the Colonel presumably feared a terrorist attack. Of course, there's never been a security threat at the Presidio (except when the morning bugler was blowing a little too close to Hoffman Avenue neighbors).
By the way, the Presidio has no money in the budget to hire additional personnel. Squid's sources confirm that recent DLI graduates will be asked (no, told) to extend their stay after completing their coursework to serve time in the gate house.
Yes. After mastering fluent Russian, Chinese, Arabic or Farsi, the first assignment for future DLI grads will be using their English skills at the High Street gate, turning away despondent soccer moms on the way to pick up their kids at the Presidio ballfields--the same fields that city of Monterey residents recently paid to improve and now pay to keep up.
Maybe a closed campus at DLI is a fair reaction to the new world. Or maybe some wise guy in Washington is preparing to reintroduce the idea of moving DLI to Arizona and they want that poison pill to go down ever so smoothly.
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