Voters Reject Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart's attempt to bypass unsympathetic elected officials and directly go to the community with plans for a "supercenter" was defeated by Inglewood voters.
April 7, 2004, 12am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"A ballot measure supported by Wal-Mart so it can build a giant Supercenter store in this Los Angeles suburb was rejected Tuesday by voters..Residents of the working-class community went to the polls after days of debate over the measure, which opponents said would clear the way for Wal-Mart to build its planned Supercenter store next to Hollywood Park racetrack while skirting zoning, traffic and environmental reviews...Wal-Mart has argued in Inglewood and elsewhere in California that its stores create jobs and said residents should be able to decide for themselves whether they want the stores in their community.But opponents say the Supercenters amount to low-wage, low-benefit job mills that displace better-paying jobs as independent retailers are driven out of business. They also fear the super-sized stores will contribute to suburban sprawl and jammed roadways."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in The Sacramento Bee
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