January 26, 2009

Second WalMart Opening Merits Only Two Councilmembers

San Leandro Councilmembers Ursula Reed and Bill Stephens were the only two to make it for the opening of San Leandro's second Walmart store on January 14, 2009. Although the new Walmart touts more than 300 new jobs in a tattered economy, other Councilmembers skipped the event. Councilmember Jim Prola has consistently opposed Walmart's labor practices and spoke out against the original San Leandro Walmart on Davis Street while other Councilmembers have or want to have close ties to organized labor.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at January 26, 2009 8:59 AM | TrackBack

I looked around at this Wal-Mart and didn't buy anything. It shows why San Leandro needs an Architectual Review Board, or at least a planning commission that does its job. Big box retailers typically have three designs - cheapest, cheaper, and somewhat decent looking. Depending on the city, they try to get away with the cheapest design possible first, and fight with the city until a compromise is reached. This is the cheapest looking Wal-Mart I've seen--both inside and out. It's barely better than having a plastic Wal-Mart banner over the old Target sign. While the city couldn't have prevented this Wal-Mart from coming in as the building was already zoned for Big-Box, they could have at least fought Wal-Mart to make it look better. It's now an eyesore that will further contribute to the ghettonization of this area...

Posted by: Frank at January 28, 2009 8:58 AM
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