August 30, 2012
To Jim McCallister, who recently wrote in to say that he shopped at Walmart in Rosemead because of low prices, and to others who plead that “low prices” will be great for Burbank: Interesting to note that this month, Target beat Walmart as the low-price leader in the nation, according to research done by Bloomberg Industries. This is not the first time that Target has won the low-price wars, but this time, reportedly, the gap was wider than ever, with Target the clear winner. Instead of wasting $8 worth of gasoline driving to Rosemead and back, perhaps McCallister should check out Target, a great retailer that has been serving this community, providing jobs and paying taxes here for years.
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.
December 11, 2012
As reported, IKEA wants to relocate their Burbank store to San Fernando Road and Providencia Avenue. The new building will be twice the size of the current facility. So you thought Walmart would cause a traffic problem. The proposed site for the new IKEA facility will create traffic problems that cannot be efficiently resolved. The property is paralleled by railroad tracks and the I-5 freeway. This limits access from the west and will force traffic flow through downtown Burbank or down the residential streets on the east side of San Fernando Road.
January 31, 2012
When the whole ruckus started months ago about the terror of adding Walmart to a shopping center that already has a Target, Lowe's, and BevMo, I wrote a letter to the editor pointing out that the protest was union driven because of Walmart's policy of not permitting labor organization of their staff. The letter was not published, I am sure for a good reason. Now we see the iceberg as the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 770, sends its legal team into Burbank to fight the store on the basis it sells groceries (“Attorney threatens to sue over Walmart,” Jan. 28)
December 24, 2011
I am one of the so-called “1%” who is opposed to Walmart moving into Burbank. For someone who doesn't even live in Burbank to call our concerns “common-sense-challenged” is incredibly offensive (“Ignore the 1% who hate Walmart,” Dec. 18). I am also bothered by those who say we who oppose Walmart can solve our issue by simply not shopping there. Clearly these people have not been really listening to what we have been saying. First of all, all Burbank residents who shop in the Empire Center, Costco, the businesses along Victory Place or in the Burbank Terrace shopping center will be affected by the increased traffic that will come to an already over-burdened intersection, as will anyone who has to commute through that area, or who enters or exits the Golden State (5)
October 11, 2011
The real issue with a new Walmart opening in Burbank should be the increased traffic that it will bring. If you don't want to shop there, then don't shop there. If you don't want to work there, then don't work there. But the traffic in the area is going to continue to get worse than it already is. The intersection at Victory and Burbank is a nightmare at rush hour and on the weekends, and traffic from the Golden State (5) Freeway south exiting onto Burbank Boulevard often backs up onto the freeway.
May 18, 2012
I don't think we can have such a huge store as Walmart in Burbank without losing what makes Burbank a great and special place. It sounds like there are serious traffic considerations that have not yet been addressed, and will certainly need to be addressed, if a store the size of Walmart would move into the Empire Center. I don't think any extra tax revenue would be worth it. The extra traffic, pollution, noise, and impact on the city's small town feel would be significant. This store will have a huge impact and we should know what those impacts are. I have shopped at the Empire Center and as it is without the Walmart store.
September 11, 2012
In response to a recent op-ed piece (“ Walmart stoppage no cause for celebration ,” Sept. 8) I imagine it is, indeed, no celebration for the writer, Walmart executive Steven Restivo, whose job it is to facilitate the opening of Walmart stores in communities. His crying foul about the motives of the attorney representing the Walmart opposition was done, evidently, without a trace of irony. Remember, Restivo is not a resident of Burbank but rather a corporate mouthpiece representing Walmart.
December 31, 2013
Re: “ Is Walmart what we want in a business ,” Mailbag, Dec. 25. Walmart is not in business to improve your wages, they are not in business to give you healthcare, vacations, pensions, sick days and support unions. They are in business to make a profit. Secondly, they are in business to fill a need. A need that apparently most Burbank residents would like fulfilled. According to the letters in this paper, the majority of people in this city want a Walmart in the Empire Center.
September 10, 2013
I have read numerous articles and have seen on television how little Walmart employees are paid. Burbank did not suffer a loss, but may have gained if Walmart does not open in Burbank. I have seen numerous articles with regard to the many jobs that this store would bring to Burbank. I have not seen anything about the base pay that these employees would be paid. As is often the case wherever a Walmart store is located, most of their employees would not earn enough to survive in the immediate area.