A woman, who Police had issued a wanted bulletin for last month, was on Wednesday jailed for six months and fined $40,000 when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Thirty-one-year-old, Unique Angelica Hope of Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown admitted to the offense of falsifying a Guyanese passport when she stood before Magistrate Faith McGusty.Unique Angelica HopeThe prosecution’s case contended that on January 17, 2019, at the Central Immigration and Passport Office, Georgetown, for the purpose of procuring a new passport, she signed a written document stating that she was Coretta Hope. After the police could not locate her a wanted bulletin was issued for her and she was subsequently arrested.During her first court appearance Hope denied the allegation after which she was granted $100,000 bail. The woman was unable to post bail. On her second court appearance on Wednesday she changed her plea and has the sentence handed down. The court heard that Hope had previously forged a passport after she was deported from Barbados for overstaying. Following deportation, hope forged yet another passport and was again deported from Barbados for overstaying.However, this time around, she attempted to use her physically challenged sister’s identification to forge her third passport but was caught.
But the Los Angeles grocery worker regulation is on the legal “cutting edge” because of its foundation in municipal police powers, said David Michaelson, chief assistant city attorney. Still, he said, “We believe the ordinance will survive judicial scrutiny.” The grocery chains and the United Food and Commercial Workers union reached a settlement after the contentious and protracted 2003 strike, but tensions remain. Earlier this year the union criticized Albertsons for transferring a store in Westchester to the control of a subsidiary, Bristol Farms, and moving workers. The ordinance approved Wednesday includes requirements for employee notification and the evaluation of workers beyond the transition period. While the ordinance does not carry criminal penalties, violations could result in workers being rehired or receiving back pay. Councilman Bernard Parks, who voted against the ordinance along with colleague Greig Smith, said he feared it would keep grocery stores out of his South Los Angeles district, which already lacks markets. While the ordinance is aimed at large chains, Parks contended that the regulation’s size standards are too lax and smaller businesses could be affected. “I think there are some land mines in the ordinance,” he said. The majority of the council backed the proposal, though, with some suggesting the city extend it to other industries. “Workers today are probably more insecure of their livelihood, their benefits, than at any other time in our history,” said Councilwoman Janice Hahn. Dan Laidman, (213) email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles is set to become the first city in the nation to require supermarkets to temporarily retain workers when a store changes ownership, under a controversial plan tentatively approved Wednesday by the City Council. The plan, which faces a second and final vote next week, would require large supermarkets acquiring other stores to keep workers who have been employed for at least six months for a transition period of 90 days unless there is sufficient legal cause for them to be fired. Growing out of concerns after the state’s contentious 2003 grocery workers’ strike, as well as union concerns over recent industry trends, officials said the private-sector regulation is permitted as part of the city’s police powers in matters of public safety, health and welfare. “What this ordinance is really about is the health and safety of the residents of Los Angeles,” said Councilman Alex Padilla, who introduced the ordinance, which was approved 12-2. “These workers ensure that our food is safe and sanitary.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake While workers and union officials turned out to support the measure Wednesday, Chamber of Commerce and industry representatives said it could hurt the city’s economy. “I do believe that if this ordinance were to go in effect much of the capital that would be available for investment in supermarkets in the city might indeed flow elsewhere due to the lack of this type of ordinance in other municipalities,” said Peter Larkin, president of the California Grocers Association. And despite the city’s legal finding that it can enact the ordinance, lawyers for the association questioned the city’s authority, Larkin added. Los Angeles already has similar rules for businesses with which it has contracts, and a number of other cities have enacted worker protection ordinances related to other industries. Such laws have withstood legal challenges in New York and Washington, D.C., according to a city attorney’s report.