Opponents of a Walmart in Burbank have lost a potential weapon in their fight after Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill that would have required economic-impact reports on how big-box stores would affect the local economy.
Brown said Senate Bill 469 by Sen. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) would have added an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy.
“Plenty of laws are already on the books that enable and, in some cases, require cities and counties to carefully assess whether these projects are in the community’s best interest,” Brown said in his veto message.
Public outcry has been mounting against a planned Walmart at the former Great Indoors site near the Empire Center in Burbank, a heavily trafficked area that already hosts a Costco, Target, Lowe’s and other big-box stores.