STATE OFFICIALS WANT INDEPENDENT SAFEWAY BOARD

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Financial executives from nine states whose public pension funds include investments in Safeway have sent a letter to the chairwoman of the chain's nominating and corporate governance committee seeking to meet with her to ensure the independence of Safeway's directors before the board selects director candidates.and financial officials in Los Angeles and New York City who together

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Financial executives from nine states whose public pension funds include investments in Safeway have sent a letter to the chairwoman of the chain's nominating and corporate governance committee seeking to meet with her to ensure the independence of Safeway's directors before the board selects director candidates.

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