Some current and former Food Front employees predict the co-op’s financial ruin.

Some current and former Food Front employees predict the co-op’s financial ruin.

Co-op Crash

Bleeding red ink for six straight years and facing a daunting new competitor, worker discontent spills over at the co-op grocery.

Allan Classen

Some Food Front Cooperative Grocery employees find their working environment anything but cooperative. A total of ten current and former co-op employees have told the Examiner of autocratic management, a disillusioned staff and widespread fear that speaking out leads only to reprisal or dismissal.

The workers are also united in believing that the co-op’s future is in danger due to financial mismanagement.

Food Front General Manager Holly Jarvis and the co-op’s board have made no secret of their apprehension about coming competition when New Seasons is to open four blocks away next year. Beyond that, however, they present a positive front. Jarvis explains six consecutive years of operating losses as the consequence of opening a second store in Hillsdale in 2008 during the recession and in consciously deciding to plow resources into long-range growth.

Food Front General Manager Holly Jarvis and the co-op’s board have made no secret of their apprehension about coming competition when New Seasons is to open four blocks away next year. ▶

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City cleans out I-405 crime nest

Camping problem under freeway called the worst in 30 years.

Allan Classen

A man shoots up in his leg (above) after giving a woman an injection in the neck (right). These stills were taken from a home video that played on KGW.

A man shoots up in his leg (above) after giving a woman an injection in the neck (right). These stills were taken from a home video that played on KGW.

City Commissioner Nick Fish had been told about increasingly aggressive street people under the I-405 freeway, but seeing is believing.

After a walking tour between Northwest Johnson and Lovejoy Saturday, Oct. 4, and talking to affected neighbors, he characterized the problem as “less about homelessness, and more about illegal behavior.”

He called then Portland Police Chief Mike Reese and triggered a multi-agency mission that completely cleared the area of campers, waste, syringes and stolen property by the end of the weekend. ▶

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Food Front. City cleans out I-405 crime nest. Saving Ballou & Wright Building. Want me to be nice? Pay me. Parking plan details to be ironed out. Mansion linked Portland pillars to present age. Dutch Bros. Coffee review.
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Allan Classen

There are days when old and new ways clash unforgettably. Polish cavalrymen ostensibly faced German tanks in World War II, and a Stanford collegiate revolutionized basketball by defeating the nation’s top team at Madison Square Garden in 1936 using a one-handed shot. ▶

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