Sad, but the quest for domination in L.A. is taking place in the unincorporated areas of the county. The looser regulations make it possible for them move into communities that don’t necessarily want them. Altadena, the charming community northwest of Pasadena is the next target and so far no one I know there wants them or their stores.
The community is working on getting people educated but I doubt that will change the plans of walmart to put stores there and circumvent the regulations in Pasadena and other cities that keep them from entering their community and destroying their small indy merchants and downtowns.
Like Chinatown, another unique corner of the city is facing the doom that is walmart.
March 23, 2012, 10AM, LA City Hall Steps, 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles
Congresswoman Judy Chu and API will be speaking on the steps of City Hall before they meet to discuss the “Formula Retail” motion in front of City Council for a vote tomorrow. Show up and show your support for Congresswoman Chu who is working to support the preservation of China Town.
“Formula Retail” is a motion to prevent Walmart and other big boxes from coming in and changing the character of Chinatown. Its about preserving the character of the community and its businesses. Its about preventing the big boxes from coming in and running the existing shops out of business.
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) is the group spear heading the protest of the small neighborhood style grocery store that Walmart wants to open. I am familiar with the market as I have seen them in Las Vegas where they have been for a couple of years. The groc to a degree is similar to Fresh and Easy or Trader Joe’s in size and marketing.
LAANE takes exception to the store on several levels. First is that the city and its residents can’t afford to subsidize benefits for their employees. Why? Because they alleged, and Walmart certainly has been held to scrutiny on this in the past, for paying wages that are so low that their employees qualify for medi-cal, food stamps and similar welfare. Certainly Walmart hasn’t been accused of paying a living wage nor employing for enough hours to have their employees to be benefit eligible.
Deets: Thursday, March 8, at 1pm., Department of Public Social Services, on 2415 W. Sixth St. Los Angeles, CA 90057 MAP HERE.