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NEWS
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.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
Gregory S. Krikorian's op-ed in the Leader (“Walmart could create 250 new jobs,” Dec. 18 ) arrived on the heels of the City Council's decision to not appeal the Los Angeles Superior Court's final ruling on the case. The city's decision to not appeal is a sound one: The judge in that case found that by issuing permits to Walmart, the city proceeded in a manner not authorized by law and materially breached its mandatory duty and obligations, and that city staff deliberately suppressed the need for certain traffic mitigation measures.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 3, 2014
Firstly, not one of us wants a vacant store. We want an environmentally responsible, financially sound, properly permitted business up and running. We'd prefer that company be one that doesn't just “fill the need” for low priced merchandise already available locally. We'd prefer the corporation value their workers so these employees can further help our economy by earning enough to spend at other businesses. We'd prefer that their wages weren't so low that tax dollars were needed for their assistance with programs like WICS.
NEWS
December 24, 2013
Gregory Krikorian clearly knows how to utilize chamber of commerce corporate-speak in his defense of Walmart in the Leader (“ Walmart could create 250 new jobs ,” Op-Ed, Dec. 18), but he fails to inform the readers about the true nature of Walmart's history of exploiting workers and destroying small businesses across the United States with non-competitive and predatory business practices. Krikorian laments the vacant Great Indoors structure and claims that a new Walmart store will create about 250 jobs.
NEWS
January 7, 2014
It's ironic that people, like those opposed to Walmart, complain about how Walmart hurts the small business sector causing closings and empty buildings in cities and creating more traffic problems and harming the environment. Well, Burbank is slowly accumulating empty buildings around town and Walmart has nothing to do with it. As a matter of fact, the store would actually reduce the number of empty buildings in town if only it was allowed to occupy the Great Indoors building as intended.
NEWS
September 27, 2011
How come the citizens of Burbank could keep a Whole Foods market from coming to Main and Alameda due in part to traffic, but we can't keep Walmart out of the Empire Center area for the same reason “Walmart greenlights store,” Sept. 17)? The traffic there is bad 90% of the time now, and Victory Place is probably the roughest street in Burbank. How do you think it will be with a Walmart there? It will make it so difficult to get to some of our favorite stores, like Lowe's, Target, Michael's, Best Buy etc, and all of the good eating places.
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