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NEWS
September 4, 2012
Instead of putting in another department store, i.e. Walmart, in the Empire Center, perhaps Burbank should look into adding a Whole Foods market. The closest ones are in Glendale and Sherman Oaks, and I think it would be a good choice for Burbank. Not only would it be a place people could shop for organic foods, but would also provide jobs. Just something for the City Council and the owner of the Empire Center to consider. Anjanette McFarlin Burbank
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NEWS
August 30, 2012
For the folks in Burbank who oppose Walmart under any and all circumstances, a California court's recent decision to halt construction on our new store in Burbank is cause for celebration. But it is hardly good news for those in the construction industry who would benefit from hundreds of needed construction jobs, nor for Burbank residents who want the retail positions and expanded access to affordable goods that would accompany the opening of a Walmart in Burbank. Our critics' rationale for the delay is that the city must build certain traffic improvements before it issues a building permit to Walmart.
NEWS
August 30, 2012
I am just one of hundreds, if not thousands, of Burbank residents who are awaiting with enthusiasm the opening of Burbank Walmart here in Empire Center. I am sure that the traffic will not be a problem at all because since day one that the Empire Center was opened, the parking area was never filled to its capacity, meaning the place is big enough for all the commercial businesses around, and there are so many alternative routes to take. Besides all the job openings and revenues for Burbank, which is very good indeed, what matters most is the convenience it will give the buying public to have a nearby Walmart.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
After a judge this week issued an injunction effectively halting progress on a planned Walmart adjacent to the Empire Center, a spokeswoman for the retailer called it a “shortsighted” stall tactic. Actually, the delay is working out to be more of a prudent turn of events, given the fact that we all now know just how intrusive the massive carpool lane project on the Golden State (5) Freeway has shaped up to be. Even if Walmart decides to appeal the injunction - imposed to allow for the outcome of a lawsuit filed to force the city to address concerns about the mega retailer's impact on traffic and local businesses - a grand-opening date of sometime in late 2014 will surely be pushed back.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | August 23, 2012
A court-ordered injunction issued Thursday against a planned Walmart in Burbank could sideline the project and force the city to prove the world's largest retailer won't cause significant harm to local roadways and businesses. Walmart had been planning to renovate the former Great Indoors site adjacent to the Empire Center in time to open in mid- to late 2013, but the Los Angeles County Superior Court injunction on Thursday effectively stops all work until the claims raised in a lawsuit filed by three Burbank residents earlier this year are settled.
NEWS
July 27, 2012
I wish to thank Mark Kellam for his recent article on the status of the Walmart litigation (“ Walmart case has its trial date set ,” July 25). I am livid that, in my opinion, the union recruited these three women into filing this lawsuit. If they were represented by independent counsel (not UFCWU), I would be less inclined to believe they are just trying to further their special interest (organized labor) disguised as environmental concerns. Protesters dislike Walmart's non-union position and allegedly inferior employee compensation/benefits.
THE818NOW
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | July 24, 2012
The legal battle to stop a Walmart from opening in Burbank is scheduled to go to trial on Aug. 17, when a judge will consider an injunction seeking to halt renovations at the new store site. The three Burbank residents seeking to stop the renovation of the former Great Indoors site - Shanna Ingalsbee, Katherine Olson and Yvette Ziraldo - have filed a lawsuit demanding that more be done to study the economic and environmental impact of the world's largest retailer moving in next to the Empire Center.
THE818NOW
June 23, 2012
Walmart will pay for the city of Burbank's defense against a lawsuit filed in an effort to block or at least stall the world's largest retailer's plans to open a store near the Empire Center. The City Council has decided to defend the lawsuit, which alleges certain street improvements must be made before the Walmart can open, council members hired the Costa Mesa-based law firm of Rutan and Tucker during a recent closed-session meeting. Later, City Atty. Amy Albano announced the decision during an open meeting and said Walmart would pay for the defense costs.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
I fully support a Walmart store in Burbank. I liked the fact that Walmart reached out to the residents with an open house, the agents answered all my questions. The store will increase the retail shopping choices for Burbank residents. Before attending any of the scheduled city council meetings, I perused the staff reports and the project environmental impact report. At the council meetings, I overheard some of the people's complaints that Walmart was not unionized, most of its products were made in China, that the traffic mitigations were not complete and that small businesses would be forced to close.
NEWS
June 2, 2012
I think Walmart will be a fantastic addition to the Empire Center, and to Burbank as a whole. The two letters published in the Saturday edition of the Leader (Mailbag, May 19), one expressing worries about the City Council selling out, and one fearful Walmart will change the very fabric of Burbank, are not concerns residents should use to prevent Walmart from becoming part of Burbank. I don't think the City Council has “sold out” residents by allowing Walmart to set up shop in the Empire Center.
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