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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:00 AM
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Voters in Inglewood reject Wal-Mart measure...10:33 PM.. 65.6 to 34.3
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 02:02 AM by SoCalDem

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20040406-2233-...


By Alex Veiga
ASSOCIATED PRESS
10:33 p.m. April 6, 2004

INGLEWOOD A ballot measure supported by Wal-Mart so it can build a giant Supercenter store in this Los Angeles suburb was rejected Tuesday by voters. With 27 of 29 precincts reporting, Inglewood voters opposed the initiative, with 65.6 percent voting 'no' and 34.3 percent voting 'yes,' said Gabby Contreras of the city clerk's office. That amounts to 5,108 votes against the initiative and 2,674 in favor. Contreras said there are about 40,000 registered voters in the city. Absentee ballots also remained to be counted. "This is very, very positive for those folks who want to stand up and ... hold this corporate giant responsible," said Daniel Tabor, a former City Council member who had campaigned against the initiative.

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The City Council last year blocked the proposed shopping center, which would include both a traditional Wal-Mart and other stores, prompting the Bentonville, Ark.-based company to collect more than 10,000 signatures to force the vote. In a statement, the company said the decision was unfortunate for Inglewood residents, who will now have to go elsewhere to shop at Wal-Mart. "We are disappointed that a small group of Inglewood leaders together with representatives of outside special interests were able to convince a majority of Inglewood voters that they don't deserve the job opportunities and shopping choices that others in the LA area enjoy," the company said.

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But opponents say the Supercenters amount to low-wage, low-benefit job mills that displace better-paying jobs as independent retailers are driven out of business. They also fear the super-sized stores will contribute to suburban sprawl and jammed roadways.

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Wal-Mart officials have said they have not decided what they will do if the Inglewood initiative fails. The company spent more than $1 million in its campaign, according to campaign finance records, while opponents have spent a fraction of that amount. The opposition, however, enlisted public figures, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson to rally voters to its side. On Monday, Jackson and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., urged residents to vote against the Supercenter.

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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:03 AM
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1. LOL - They really think they are God's gift to communities
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 02:04 AM by nothingshocksmeanymo
nevermind that the population that bothered to vote rejected them. I mean HECK...if people didn't want to drive to Wal Mart, they could have driven to their polling place and made their intentions clear.
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:04 AM
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2. Woo hoo!
Amazing what happens if you actually give people a choice in the matter.
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Quetzal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:06 AM
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3. Thank you INGLEWOOD!!!!
You put a dent into Wal Mart's momentum.
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Robin Hood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:09 AM
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4. Bwahahahaha!!
Take that you arrogant job outsourcing bastards. Good for you inglewood.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:15 AM
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5. Reposting link to the Wal-Mart series that won LAT a Pulitzer --
An Empire Built on Bargains Remakes the Working World
By Abigail Goldman and Nancy Cleeland
Wal-Mart is so powerful that it moves the economies of entire countries, bringing profit and pain. The prices can't be beat, but the wages can.

Scouring the Globe to Give Shoppers an $8.63 Polo Shirt
By Nancy Cleeland, Evelyn Iritani and Tyler Marshall
Wal-Mart, once a believer in buying American, extracts ever lower prices from 10,000 suppliers worldwide. Workers struggle to keep pace.

Grocery Unions Battle to Stop Invasion of the Giant Stores
By Nancy Cleeland and Abigail Goldman
Wal-Mart plans to open 40 of its nonunion Supercenters in California. Labor is fighting the expected onslaught, but the big retailer rarely concedes defeat.


http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-walma...
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:43 AM
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6. the wood spoke
and laid the smack down on wallyworld! ^5!!
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:50 AM
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7. dupe
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