Point Loma-OB Happenings: Ralphs lawsuit, Cabrillo Virtual 5K, The Pearl movies, Future City competition

A produce clerk arranges vegetables at a Ralphs supermarket.
A produce clerk arranges vegetables at a Ralphs supermarket.
(File / Los Angeles Times)

Ralphs settles discrimination lawsuit involving Point Loma store

Ralphs Grocery Co. has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit alleging that a courtesy clerk at its Point Loma store was denied a request to change her work schedule to accommodate her pregnancy, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The agency’s lawsuit alleged that the store denied the employee’s request to change her schedule, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, and she was forced to quit as a result.

“The EEOC applauds Ralphs for agreeing to meaningful measures to protect pregnant employees in the workplace,” Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles District, which includes San Diego County, said Sept. 23. “Front-line managers and supervisors must be educated on their obligation to properly handle accommodation requests for pregnancy-related medical conditions.”

In addition to the monetary settlement, Ralphs agreed to review and revise its policies and procedures on discrimination and provide training to employees and managers on federal anti-discrimination laws, with an emphasis on pregnancy discrimination and handling employees’ accommodation requests for pregnancy-related medical conditions, according to the EEOC. — City News Service

Cabrillo Virtual 5K helps fund youth programs at national monument

The Cabrillo Virtual 5K, a 3.1-mile race to help fund free youth education programs and summer camps at Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, is taking online registration through Sunday, Nov. 1, and the race can be completed anywhere by Nov. 30.

Registration is $35 at

After completing the race, participants can submit their registration number and finish time at and upload proof of completion, such as a screenshot of their tracking app or photo of their GPS watch.

Upon proof of completion, participants will get a finisher’s medal and certificate delivered to their doorstep.

To learn more, visit

Movies continue at The Pearl Hotel

Charles + Dinorah at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma is continuing its fall dinner and movie schedule with poolside dining featuring a three-course menu by chef Peter Ziegler and themed cocktails to complement the featured films.

The events begin at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the hotel at 1410 Rosecrans St. Seating is from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. Reservations are mandatory and can be made at (619) 226-6100.

Here is the remaining movie schedule:

• Oct. 14: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”

• Oct. 21: “Hocus Pocus”

• Oct. 28: “Psycho” (1960)

• Nov. 4: “The Big Lebowski”

• Nov. 11: “Bridesmaids”

• Nov. 18: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”

• Nov. 25: “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”

Living on the moon? Contest participants are asked to imagine it

Imagine life on the moon at least a hundred years from now, when lunar habitats have already progressed through multiple levels of development. What started as a collection of lunar landers expanded into an outpost, then a village and finally a city.

At least that’s the task before participants of the Future City competition for middle-schoolers.

The contest, themed “Living on the Moon,” asks participants to build on the history provided, share innovative features and provide a detailed description of how the city uses the moon’s resources to create a self-sustaining home where humans can live and work.

The grand prize is a trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., and $7,500 for the STEM program at the winning school. The deadline to register is Saturday, Oct. 31. Learn more at

— Compiled by Point Loma-OB Monthly staff


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