Garvey School Board Says "No" to Wal-Mart

The Garvey School Board voted to approve a resolution opposing Wal-Mart at that site. The vote was four in favor, with one abstention. The resolution mentioned the issues of traffic, labor practices, liquor sales, and 24 hour operation.

A press conference is scheduled at Friday 19th at 9:00 a.m. at Rice Elementary School.

Twenty Four Hours

Thanks to everyone who came on Monday to support us, especially those who spoke up. You're all heroes! It's not over yet: the City Council meeting is coming up. See you there!

The Wal-Mart proposal was approved by the Planning Commission with a modification: the grocery store would be open 24 hours a day. This is a reversal of their statement at the County presentation where the City said they'd work to mitigate that aspect of the project. Wal-Mart said "no way" to restricted hours, and the commission changed their position quickly.

Must-Attend Wal-Mart Meetings

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WAL-MART MEETINGS

As of August 10, 2004, the following meetings have been scheduled to
consider the Wal-Mart project at Rush Street between Delta Street and
Walnut Grove Avenue.

1 - Rosemead Planning Commission Public Hearing
Monday, August 16, 2004, 7:00 p.m.
Rosemead High School Auditorium / 9063 E. Mission Drive / Rosemead, CA

Mary and Rose Marie in the LA Times, LA Passes the New Rule

Two of our core activists went to check out the LA vote to make big box stores do environmental impact studies. This photos made the front of the LA Times.

The City Council voted in favor of the ordinance that requires large retailers to pay for an Economic Impact Study, to show the effect that a big retailer would have on the local economy.

The Hidden Cost of Low-Wage Jobs

If you've been watching the news, you've seen reference to a report that says low-wage workers are subsidized by taxpayers, and that Wal-Mart workers are subsidized more than average. The report is at this URL:

a UC Berkeley study about the costs of low-wage jobs

Read more for more info.

The County Meeting

The meeting was dominated by a presentation by city staffers who'd been working on bringing Wal-Mart to Rosemead. The audience, however, wasn't interested in the information, and was expecting a way to comment and issue feedback to the city, and express their displeasure.

Gloria Molina, who appeared to have started out sitting on the fence, had, by the end of the meeting, expressed some support for the anti-Wal-Mart side.

Final EIR is Available

Applied Planning has released the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), and it's available at their website: Applied Planning.

You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

Democrats Vote Against Wal-Mart

The United Democrats of the San Gabriel Valley, a Democratic club of residents from the Rosemead, El Monte, Alhambra, and San Gabriel areas decided at their July 7th meeting to pass a resolution opposing Wal-Mart at Rush and Walnut Grove. If you're interested in the club, which started earlier this year and has grown to around 70 members, contact Ron Vrooman at (323) 222-6339. (7/30/2004)

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