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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | October 11, 2011
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.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
They wanted to open up a Whole Foods where Martino's Bakery originally was on the corner of Alameda and Main street. Everybody opposed it because of too much traffic. Here we go again with the traffic excuse. Seems nobody in Burbank wants anything new. That would have been an excellent place for a Whole Foods. I think the Great Indoors building is a little too big for a Whole Foods market, but perfect for a Super Walmart. Gerry McAllister Burbank
NEWS
August 28, 2012
What is there to improve on the street that's next to the Great Indoors building? The street was good enough when the Great Indoors was open, why isn't it good for Walmart? I've just been on that street and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Let's face it, it's the unions behind all of this and someone is getting paid off. I guess Burbank doesn't want its residents to have jobs and it doesn't need the tax revenues. I'll continue to do my shopping in Glendora or Rosemead. It's worth it to me to make a trip once a month just to save some money.
NEWS
February 17, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- With The Great Indoors store already expected to open at Burbank's Empire Center by March 2002, the City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday against offering the Sears store a $250,000 incentive package. "We really didn't think it was justified," Councilman Bob Kramer said. "They've already purchased the property, and we knew they were coming for sure." The incentive package was proposed to Sears, Roebuck and Co. last November, before the store's plans to move into Burbank were finalized.
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By Gregory S. Krikorian | December 17, 2013
As president and chief executive of the Valley Economic Alliance, I have the opportunity to speak with many people about the challenges the Valley faces and what can be done to make it a better place to do business and live in. Late last year, IKEA announced plans to build their largest store in the United States in the heart of Burbank. That same month, a Walmart opened in Irvine on the site of a former Great Indoors store soon after it was first announced, to the cheers of elected officials and the community.
NEWS
December 11, 2012
Speaking as a resident of Burbank and someone who is accustomed to believing that we, the consumers, should have choices I am startled and outraged about the delays in approving the new Walmart in my neighborhood. What I really resent is having our choices dictated by what I consider outside groups with agendas that have nothing to do with me Here you have a big building left empty for whatever reason by Great Indoors, and we consumers were essentially promised a new retailer to take its place.
NEWS
February 13, 2002
Karen S. Kim MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Little by little, the Burbank Empire Center has been shaping up. The 103-acre shopping center is nearly completed with just a few businesses still scheduled to open in the next few months. Great Indoors, Michael's, Staples, Courtyard by Marriott, Olive Garden, David's Bridal, Men's Wearhouse and a few eateries in the mall's food court have yet to open their doors, but Burbank residents have been flocking to the open businesses already, developer Ben Reiling said.
NEWS
December 16, 2011
I read a letter to the editor the other day speaking about the “criminal” element that could be brought into town by having the Walmart take up residence in the location formerly occupied by The Great Indoors. Wow, sounds kind of racist to me. If you look at the ethnic makeup of both Burbank and Glendale, it has changed drastically in the past 30 years that I have lived here. No one group has a lock on the criminal element, it is spread throughout all of them. When Burbank was a sleepy little town that Johnny Carson made fun of, there was definitely much less crime, but its citizens had to go out of the community to shop at places like Walmart, Target and others.
NEWS
October 11, 2013
I'm sure that I was not the only Burbank citizen disappointed by Judge Allan J. Goodman's final decision ordering Burbank to rescind Walmart's permits to renovate the former Great Indoors building. I'm sure there are many, many more. The benefits to the city from a Walmart store would more than out-weigh any negative aspects that opponents claim. Gideon Krackov, the attorney for the three women, Shanna Ingalsbee, Katherine Olson and Yvette Ziraldo, who are suing the city , has referred to the Great Indoors as a “furniture store.” It was not a furniture store.
NEWS
December 13, 2000
Will Rogers If you're among those either infuriated or entertained by rationalizations offered to justify handing over taxpayer cash to lure businesses to Burbank, prepare for yet another fit of irritation or the giggles. If you're among those irked that I lack the ability to understand the vital role cash business incentives play in preserving city services and boosting municipal revenues, prepare for more proof of my vexing shortcoming. Last week, I told you about the city staff's recommendation that the council, acting as Burbank's Redevelopment Agency, approve an agreement to lure a new business to town.
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January 3, 2014
I've already had my “two cents” published in the Leader regarding my support for a Walmart in the Great Indoors vacant building , but after reading Tim Elliott's letter in the Leader in support of the store (Jan. 1 “ Walmart would fill a city need ”), I want to show my support again. I totally agree with everything he said.... “we want a business there that will serve the people of Burbank, employ people and pay taxes to the city and the state. We want to have the choice of shopping and/or working at Walmart.” I also can relate to the opinion stated by Lawrence Pane regarding street cleaning (Jan.
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THE818NOW
By Gregory S. Krikorian | December 17, 2013
As president and chief executive of the Valley Economic Alliance, I have the opportunity to speak with many people about the challenges the Valley faces and what can be done to make it a better place to do business and live in. Late last year, IKEA announced plans to build their largest store in the United States in the heart of Burbank. That same month, a Walmart opened in Irvine on the site of a former Great Indoors store soon after it was first announced, to the cheers of elected officials and the community.
NEWS
October 31, 2013
On Tuesday, the Burbank City Council will vote on whether to appeal a court ruling that rescinded Walmart's building permits and prohibits the city from allowing Walmart to move into the former Great Indoors store at the Empire Center until a number of issues are addressed. The judge's ruling came down to this: The City Council and its staff failed in their duty to protect the interests of the public. This is the essence of why the city should not appeal; it would just be another mistake in a string of doozies.
NEWS
October 11, 2013
I'm sure that I was not the only Burbank citizen disappointed by Judge Allan J. Goodman's final decision ordering Burbank to rescind Walmart's permits to renovate the former Great Indoors building. I'm sure there are many, many more. The benefits to the city from a Walmart store would more than out-weigh any negative aspects that opponents claim. Gideon Krackov, the attorney for the three women, Shanna Ingalsbee, Katherine Olson and Yvette Ziraldo, who are suing the city , has referred to the Great Indoors as a “furniture store.” It was not a furniture store.
NEWS
December 11, 2012
Speaking as a resident of Burbank and someone who is accustomed to believing that we, the consumers, should have choices I am startled and outraged about the delays in approving the new Walmart in my neighborhood. What I really resent is having our choices dictated by what I consider outside groups with agendas that have nothing to do with me Here you have a big building left empty for whatever reason by Great Indoors, and we consumers were essentially promised a new retailer to take its place.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
They wanted to open up a Whole Foods where Martino's Bakery originally was on the corner of Alameda and Main street. Everybody opposed it because of too much traffic. Here we go again with the traffic excuse. Seems nobody in Burbank wants anything new. That would have been an excellent place for a Whole Foods. I think the Great Indoors building is a little too big for a Whole Foods market, but perfect for a Super Walmart. Gerry McAllister Burbank
NEWS
August 28, 2012
What is there to improve on the street that's next to the Great Indoors building? The street was good enough when the Great Indoors was open, why isn't it good for Walmart? I've just been on that street and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Let's face it, it's the unions behind all of this and someone is getting paid off. I guess Burbank doesn't want its residents to have jobs and it doesn't need the tax revenues. I'll continue to do my shopping in Glendora or Rosemead. It's worth it to me to make a trip once a month just to save some money.
NEWS
August 21, 2012
Re: “Store work may be halted,” Aug. 18: I can't believe how ridiculous this is becoming. Who are these three women waging this war against Walmart? Why should their dislike for Walmart mean any more than the likes of the people that want the Walmart in Burbank? I guarantee that if the judge rules in favor of the Walmart, they will take a different stand to try and stop the store. It's not about the traffic, it's not about the foreign-made goods, it's not about the alleged low wages or benefits for the employees, and it's not about the parking either.
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.
NEWS
May 23, 2012
Common sense dictates that Walmart will bring a tremendous amount of additional traffic to the streets around Empire Center (“Suit aims at stopping Walmart,” May 9). Why then does this City Council insist on waiting until these streets become gridlocked before making the needed traffic improvements? Where do council members propose the increased traffic be diverted to while the street work is in progress? It's strange that half of the $10 million fee paid for traffic improvements by the Empire Center developer got pooled with other fees and was used to complete traffic projects elsewhere in the city.
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