Von’s Tries to END Petition Gathering on Property—Endangers People’s Voice

Democracy in California is in serious trouble.  The law in California is clear, signature gatherers for petitions are allowed to be in front of a grocery story, box store or any other place to have people sign petitions.  Now Von’s wants them to be considered trespassers and kept off the property.

“The parent company of Vons supermarkets is seeking a court order to ban a specific group of individuals who have been collecting signatures in front of the Inglewood location. The company also hopes to prevent the group from soliciting shoppers at all of their markets statewide.

The defendants were identified only as John Does 1-60 in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, which was filed Thursday. The suit alleges that the individuals were trespassing and were a nuisance to patrons. Attached to the suit is a photo of two of the solicitors sitting at a table outside the store in the 500 block of Manchester Boulevard with two handwritten signs reading, “Stop Gentrification, All Life Matter.”

Note that the media has kept this quiet—it takes a small alternative news source to out what could be one of the biggest changes in our free speech rights in decades—since Hiram Johnson create the ballot measures.  As for me, Stater Bros. is a better place to shop.  If Von’s does not want me to have a voice, then they do not want me as a customer.

Vons Attempts To Ban Storefront Group From Collecting Signatures

The company seeks a court order to prevent the “All Lives Matter” group from soliciting shoppers at any of its markets statewide.

By Kat Schuster, Patch Staff. 9/20/20  

LOS ANGELES, CA — The parent company of Vons supermarkets is seeking a court order to ban a specific group of individuals who have been collecting signatures in front of the Inglewood location. The company also hopes to prevent the group from soliciting shoppers at all of their markets statewide.

The defendants were identified only as John Does 1-60 in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, which was filed Thursday. The suit alleges that the individuals were trespassing and were a nuisance to patrons. Attached to the suit is a photo of two of the solicitors sitting at a table outside the store in the 500 block of Manchester Boulevard with two handwritten signs reading, “Stop Gentrification, All Life Matter.”

The signature gatherers began appearing in front of the Inglewood location Sept. 10, the suit states. It seeks a court declaration that they “have no right to occupy the areas in front of any Safeway (-owned) store in California.”

A member of the group seeking signatures at the Inglewood store could not be immediately reached.

According to the suit, the markets’ “primary purpose is to serve its customers, who come to its stores to purchase groceries and related goods in a pleasant shopping environment free of distraction and harassment by third parties such as the defendants in this case.”

The name gatherers “have also interfered and obstructed plaintiff’s and customers’ use of the premises,” the suit alleges.

Safeway stores “are not open to the general public to solicit signatures to engage in conduct unrelated to Safeway’s business,” the suit states.

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Comments

  1. Fed up with CA says

    I do not sign any petitions as they are usually being misrepresented. When we actually see them on a ballot, they have hidden agendas in them. So I would prefer to NOT being bothered by petitions signature collectors. I just got my sample ballot for LA County and there are 13 propositions to vote on. How many voters are going to actually do their homework and see what exactly these props will do to the lives of the citizens. Did they research and think of the effects of props 47 and 57 back in the day.. We are now having to put up with crime everywhere and no punishments. So far I am only voting YES on one of the props and need to research more on 2 of them and the rest are a big FAT NO…………….. I hope and pray that the citizens of CA wake up and smell the coffee…. this state has gone to POT literally…..

  2. michelle benitez says

    If you don’t sign petitions you believe would better Cali. youare part of the problem of them not getting on the ballot. Yes, most people don’t research, then, you get involved , do the research, and spread the word so the right answer gets out there. There are tons of clubs and organizations that need you. HELP!!!
    Thank yu for helping, not just complaining…..

  3. Title 18 section 241!
    Long prison terms and possible death penalties for interfering or conspiracy to interfere
    with petitioners.

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