Wednesday, November 29, 2006

San Diego City Council Voted to Ban Wal-Mart Supercenters

From AP Wire:

SAN DIEGO - The City Council here voted late Tuesday to ban certain giant retail stores, dealing a blow to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s potential to expand in the nation's eighth-largest city.

The measure, approved on a 5-3 vote, prohibits stores of more than 90,000 square feet that use 10 percent of space to sell groceries and other merchandise that is not subject to sales tax. It takes aim at Wal-Mart Supercenter stores, which average 185,000 square feet and sell groceries.

Mayor Jerry Sanders will veto the ban if the Council reaffirms it on a second vote, which will likely happen in January, said mayoral spokesman Fred Sainz. The Council can override his veto with five votes.

Thank goodness the SD City Council realizes that Wal-Mart really is bad for local business!

Councilman Tony Young, who joined the 5-3 majority, countered, "I have a vision for San Diego and that vision is about walkable, livable communities, not big, mega-structures that inhibit people's lives."

Really, Wal-Mart is no good for our local communities. It destroys local businesses, mooches off government subsidies, and treats workers like crap... What's so good about any of that?

Go to Wake Up Wal-Mart's website... They've got more info on Wal-Mart's many misdeeds. If you can, try to avoid this store... Or better yet, make sure that this type of depravity doesn't even enter into your community! If Wal-Mart can't treat its workers with dignity and respect other local businesses, then it doesn't deserve to be a part of our communities!

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