May 29, 2012
I don't know about others, but I don't want a vacant and abandoned building in my neighborhood. Not only is it an eyesore, it's also been a real drain on the surrounding businesses. The new Walmart expected to go into a building that is now vacant is going to be a 100% improvement. It is important to have empty buildings quickly occupied and converted into something that would benefit other surrounding businesses. To most business owners (and observant community members), an empty storefront means lost sales, lost customers and lost jobs.
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)
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.
July 29, 2011
Ho hum, another letter in the ever-expanding and continuing saga of whether Walmart should be “allowed” into Burbank (“Walmart's good, bad effects,” July 22). It is called capitalism, folks. This NIMBY attitude never ceases to amaze me. What, Costco and the whole Empire Center stores don't clog up the streets enough and put other retailers out of business (if they don't stumble on their own)? We are still in a swoon economically, and those of us who appreciate (indeed, need)
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.
September 18, 2012
On Wednesday, Sept. 5 a letter was published in the Burbank Leader stating that we should forget a Walmart and that Burbank should look into a Whole Foods Market instead. Well, oppositionists blocked a Whole Foods Market from opening in Burbank years ago. As I recall, they complained of the same kind of traffic issue then as has been used in the Walmart case today. During their effort to get the city to deny the Walmart permits, oppositionists submitted a petition signed by 2,000 persons.
February 4, 2012
In an ongoing effort for weeks, even months now, to stop a Walmart store from opening in Burbank, a select group of protesters has been waging an ongoing battle by demonstrating in front of City Hall and voicing their hatred with repetitious rhetoric in front of the Burbank City Council, week after week after week. One can't help but wonder, why do these people hate Walmart so much? What has Walmart ever done to them? Their rhetoric covers all the same bases: traffic, Chinese-made products, low wages and lack of benefits for workers.