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Bog Frog Donating Member (214 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:51 AM
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Wal-Mart Smashed In California!
http://start.earthlink.net/newsarticle?cat=6&aid=D81Q1I...

April 7, 2004 10:07 AM EDT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Voters rejected a ballot measure that would have cleared the way for a colossal Wal Mart in this Los Angeles suburb, one of several communities across the nation to resist the retailer's advances.

Activists who opposed the measure - which would have allowed Wal Mart to skirt zoning, traffic and environmental reviews - said it would hurt the community by inviting the Supercenter to drive out small business and encourage sprawl.

~snip~

The tally was 7,049 votes against the initiative and 4,575 in favor. Contreras said there are about 40,000 registered voters in the city.

"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.

Yahoo! :bounce:
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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:52 AM
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1. Oh man, I thought they actually tore down a Wal_Mart.
That'd be great.
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Bog Frog Donating Member (214 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:53 AM
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3. this is better
If this vote had passed, imagine how Wal-Mart would've gotten past zoning requirements and city council "thumbs-downs" all over the country. Wal-Mart knows the power of money & lobbying.
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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:00 AM
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11. Don't they just use imminent domain laws?
I thought walmarts just call a neighborhood blighted, then take it over?
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Bog Frog Donating Member (214 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:03 AM
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13. I truly don't know.
I'm sorry.
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tjwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:53 AM
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2. They also voted in San Marcos to do the same thing.
People in CA are getting sick of walmart, finally.
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truthspeaker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:55 AM
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4. dupe
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Bog Frog Donating Member (214 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:04 AM
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15. then let it be locked.
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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:56 AM
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5. "Walmart" needs to become a bad word, like "Enron."
They must absolutely be stigmatized and isolated politically.
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Christ was Socialist Donating Member (649 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:56 AM
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6. i despsise the company
They arent't unionized. Not to mention that almost all of there products are made on the backs of the oppresed in foreign countries. The people have spoken.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 12:31 PM
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17. Hi Christ was Socialist!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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SheepyMcSheepster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:56 AM
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7. yay!
i was worried the vote would come out in favor of wal-mart.
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Catfight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:57 AM
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8. My walmart story shut my repug father up!
we were arguing about politics as usual and jobs going overseas. My father said, "so you'd pay more money for a product if you knew the job would stay in America. Do you shop at Walmart?" I stated proudly, "Nope Dad, I do not shop at Walmart, EVER! For that very reason." He swallowed his next sentence and said, "Never?" and I said, "Never." Can I tell you...how good it felt to watch him look confused..I still think I got switched at birth, we don't agree on anything.
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Bog Frog Donating Member (214 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:03 AM
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14. well done.
n/t
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:16 AM
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16. Wal-Mart's not even good for the rest of corporate America.
I heard a story on NPR that was aired some months ago, and basically it was about how Wal-Mart's demands on their vendors get them in real economic trouble. On the one hand, Wal Mart's such a big client they wouldn't want to turn down, and on the other hand, after they become a supplier, Wal-Mart demands prices from them that really hurt them. It has a tendency to start hollowing out other corporations.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:57 AM
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9. Beautiful.
Chalk up one for the good guys.
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thuebert Donating Member (71 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:58 AM
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10. Finally
sprawl mart takes a blow
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:02 AM
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12. Some Wal-Mart Rethug was complaining about "special interest groups"...
"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.

I would ask, ISN'T DAS WAL-MART A SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP???

:mad: :mad: :mad:

Sam Walton should have never BEEN born!!!!!!!

:argh:
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Triple H Donating Member (714 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 12:31 PM
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18. Thank God!
One less Wal-Mart!
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