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 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.
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 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.
October 2, 2013
A tentative ruling that halted Walmart's plans - at least temporarily - for a store near the Empire Center was finalized Friday. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman's final judgment confirms that Burbank officials must rescind building permits issued to Walmart to open a store adjacent to the Empire Center, and set aside the California Environmental Quality Act exemption made for the project in 2012. The lawsuit was filed by three Burbank residents - Shanna Ingalsbee, Katherine Olson and Yvette Ziraldo - in an effort to block the opening of the store until street improvements outlined in an ordinance approved by the Burbank City Council a dozen years ago are completed and another environmental impact review is conducted.
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.