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 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.
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.
November 9, 2013
A ruling that slammed the brakes on efforts to bring a Walmart to the city will not be appealed by city officials. But Walmart officials said Friday they do plan to file an appeal. The ruling handed down by Judge Allan J. Goodman in September rescinded the building permits issued for the former Great Indoors store adjacent to the Empire Center, in which Walmart planned to open a store. During closed session on Tuesday, Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Vice-Mayor Dave Gordon and Councilman Bob Frutos voted not to appeal Goodman's ruling, while council members Jess Talamantes and Gary Bric voted to file an appeal.
January 7, 2014
Gregory Krikorian's opinion piece in the Dec. 18 edition of the Burbank Leader fails to factually educate the reader. Krikorian is launching his own opinion about the much lauded 250 jobs. Had Krikorian done his research, he should have told the reader that these 250 Walmart jobs are mostly part-time, poor-paying jobs. Even if these were to be full-time jobs, the workers would not earn enough to have any significant economic effect on Burbank or its residents. As far as construction jobs related to a new Walmart, these would be temporary and would do little to improve our local economy for the long term.
September 7, 2013
Citing street improvements more than a dozen years overdue and a flawed environmental impact report, a judge said Wednesday that Burbank officials must rescind building permits issued to Walmart to open a store in the Empire Center. “The city has proceeded in a manner not authorized by law, failed to conduct any environmental assessment when the facts and circumstances clearly require at least an initial inquiry,” Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman stated in his tentative ruling.