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THE818NOW
September 26, 2012
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday gave attorneys for the city of Burbank and Walmart four more months to prepare their defense against a lawsuit filed to block the mega-retailer from opening adjacent to the Empire Center. The additional time could further delay Walmart's plans to open at the former Great Indoors site, where no work has been allowed since a court-ordered injunction was issued last month. “I'm not in a hurry anymore. Everybody's gotten over being in a hurry,” said Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones after the attorneys made their request.
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NEWS
September 25, 2012
I am writing in favor of a Walmart in Burbank. I can't see how only 2,000 people can speak for the majority of people in Burbank. I hope others will speak up in favor also. Please print this in favor of Walmart. Luella Noonan Burbank
NEWS
September 25, 2012
In reply to the letter to the editor regarding the traffic issue and Walmart (“ Walmart traffic issue is a red herring ,” Sept. 19), it's probably true that the traffic problem is a non-issue. I really wonder, though, do we need another superstore in the Empire Center? We already have a Target and a Costco, and a Kmart not that far away. Perhaps Whole Foods is not the answer, but anything but a Walmart, please. The type of people the store attracts, and the crime, would be bad for the rest of the businesses in that area.
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
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
September 7, 2012
For the folks in Burbank who oppose Walmart under any and all circumstances, a California court's recent decision to halt construction on our new store in Burbank is cause for celebration. But it is hardly good news for those in the construction industry who would benefit from hundreds of needed construction jobs, nor for Burbank residents who want the retail positions and expanded access to affordable goods that would accompany the opening of a Walmart in Burbank. Our critics' rationale for the delay is that the city must build certain traffic improvements before it issues a building permit to Walmart.
NEWS
September 4, 2012
Instead of putting in another department store, i.e. Walmart, in the Empire Center, perhaps Burbank should look into adding a Whole Foods market. The closest ones are in Glendale and Sherman Oaks, and I think it would be a good choice for Burbank. Not only would it be a place people could shop for organic foods, but would also provide jobs. Just something for the City Council and the owner of the Empire Center to consider. Anjanette McFarlin Burbank
NEWS
August 30, 2012
I am just one of hundreds, if not thousands, of Burbank residents who are awaiting with enthusiasm the opening of Burbank Walmart here in Empire Center. I am sure that the traffic will not be a problem at all because since day one that the Empire Center was opened, the parking area was never filled to its capacity, meaning the place is big enough for all the commercial businesses around, and there are so many alternative routes to take. Besides all the job openings and revenues for Burbank, which is very good indeed, what matters most is the convenience it will give the buying public to have a nearby Walmart.
NEWS
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.
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