Vote on Raley's new labor pact due today
More than a month after a 10-day strike ended at Raley's, the votes on the grocer's new labor contract are due today.
Unionized members of Raley's and its Nob Hill Foods subsidiary are to return their ballots by 9 a.m., according to the United Food and Commercial Workers.
It's not clear when results of the ratification vote will be released.
The tentative agreement is likely to encounter fierce resistance from some UFCW members. Although workers were able to retain their union-run health plan a key issue in the strike they made other concessions.
For instance, workers will temporarily lose bonus pay for working Sunday and holiday shifts, and newly hired workers won't get bonus pay for working nights. For the first time, employees will have to pay for a portion of their family members' health premiums.
Raley's says it is unprofitable and needs the savings to combat an influx of nonunion competitors. The strike, which ended Nov. 13, was the first in Raley's 77-year history.
The union did win a key concession. Raley's agreed to let the UFCW organize workers at its 22 nonunion stores without interference.
Elk Grove seeks public help with 'wayfinding'
Elk Grove is holding a public workshop on its new "wayfinding" or signage program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 9961 Elk Grove Florin Road. City staff members will describe the program and seek input from the public on the "wayfinding" needs of Elk Grove.
Behind the news: Like other cities, including Sacramento and Folsom, Elk Grove is trying to make it easier for visitors to get around town and to highlight the city's attractions. The meeting will give the community an opportunity to weigh in on sign locations, sign design and points of interest in Elk Grove. The city is working on the project with Rick Engineering, a San Diego-based firm known for its wayfinding and branding work in cities nationwide.
Info: (916) 478-3632
It's 'Santa vs. Satan' at Stockton and V
If you need a break from the sentimentality of the holidays, head over to the Grange Performing Arts Center at Stockton and V streets in Sacramento for a showing of the campy "Santa vs. Satan" at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Behind the news: According to Movies on a Big Screen, which is presenting the film, the 1959 movie filmed and released in Mexico, but dubbed into English features a plot by Satan to upend Santa.
IN THE NEWS
Rose Ceremony at Capitol will honor fallen peace officers
California Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation will honor 30 fallen officers and their families today at the 10:30 a.m. Rose Ceremony at the Capitol. The ceremony is a prelude to participation in the 2013 Rose Parade for Donate Life California, the state-authorized organ and tissue donor registry. Families will dedicate roses for loved ones who lost their lives in the line of duty. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones will be among the speakers.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Iron Steaks restaurant raises money for Society for the Blind
Today through Jan. 15, Iron Steaks restaurant in Sacramento will donate a portion of its profits to the Sacramento Society for the Blind. The restaurant at 2422 13th St. said it will present a check to the society on Jan. 19.
Sacramento Valley Concert Choir to lead festive winter show
The Sacramento Valley Concert Choir presents its winter show at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Arden Christian Church, 4300 Las Cruces Way in Sacramento. The choir will present an hourlong repertoire of songs, ranging from sentimental to humorous, sung in four-part harmony to piano accompaniment. The performance will be followed by an audience singalong. Everyone is welcome to join the choir afterward for light refreshments in the social hall.
Info: (916) 481-3828.
Bike parade will sparkle Wednesday in Fabulous 40s
The sixth annual Nite Brite Bike Parade presents colorful and moving lights and sounds through Sacramento's Fabulous 40s area. Participants are asked to decorate their bikes with lights and holiday cheer for the parade, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The parade begins on M Street between 40th and 41st streets. Participants ride up and down each street, from 41st to 45th streets, from J to M streets, and finish on M Street between 40th and 41st streets.
Info: (916) 397-1230.
Party like it's 1929 at formal fashion bash
A Holiday Fashion Affair billed as a 1920s Gatsby-style bash is planned on the Citizen Hotel rooftop terrace. The party will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday at the hotel, 926 J St. in Sacramento. Sacramento Fashion Week, the California Film Foundation and the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the event. There will be a DJ, door prizes, photographers and a sneak peek of select designers from the 2013 Sacramento Fashion Week lineup. Event organizers said it is a formal occasion, so come dressed to impress.
Info: sacfashionweek.com/ holiday-fashion-affair-2012
Auto museum will host Cars Under the Stars
The California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St. in Sacramento, will host its Cars Under the Stars event Thursday, with the museum staying open until 9 p.m. Between 5 and 9 p.m., admission is half-price. Free museum tours are available. Christmas treats and hot drinks will be featured. Families are welcome.
Info: www.calautomuseum.org or call (916) 442-6802
Tweetup at de Vere's to celebrate Festivus, collect diapers for shelter
Explore Sacramento is hosting a Tweetup a social mixer from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at de Vere's Irish Pub, 15th and L streets in Sacramento. The event celebrates Festivus, the made-up holiday made famous on the "Seinfeld" television show. Participants are encouraged to bring diapers in all sizes for Maryhouse, the daytime shelter for homeless men and women. A prize will be awarded to the person deemed to be wearing the ugliest holiday sweater.
Info: www.sacfestivustweetup. eventbrite.com
Church hosts live Nativity scene
The United Methodist Church in Rancho Cordova, 2101 Zinfandel Drive, is hosting its 31st annual live Nativity scene from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Actors in period costume and animals will re-enact the night of Jesus Christ's birth in a full-sized stable.