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May 23, 2011 | By Sandra M. Jones
Latasha Jones visits the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Indianapolis several times a week to stock up on fresh produce and baked goods. The grocery store, located on a busy thoroughfare just off Interstate 465, is a convenient stop on the way to work. "This is the only place I shop for groceries," said Jones, 27. "It's cheaper than the Supercenter, and it's always busy. " If Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has its way, the same scenario will be repeated many times across urban neighborhoods as the world's largest retailer unleashes a new strategy to gain access to the city.
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October 10, 2011 | Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Gov. Jerry Brown announced early Monday that he had outlawed the open carrying of handguns in public in California, a controversial practice that top law enforcement officials had denounced as dangerous. Clearing his desk of final bills sent to him by the Legislature, Brown signed the ban into law after it was backed by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and other law enforcement officials throughout the state. "I listened to the California police chiefs," Brown said in a statement.
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BUSINESS
February 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would close all six of its Sam's Club membership warehouse locations in Canada by the end of March. The Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter is shifting its focus in Canada to supercenters, which sell groceries and general merchandise, after the warehouse clubs failed to meet sales expectations, a spokesman said.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2011 | By Sandra M. Jones
Latasha Jones visits the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Indianapolis several times a week to stock up on fresh produce and baked goods. The grocery store, located on a busy thoroughfare just off Interstate 465, is a convenient stop on the way to work. "This is the only place I shop for groceries," said Jones, 27. "It's cheaper than the Supercenter, and it's always busy. " If Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has its way, the same scenario will be repeated many times across urban neighborhoods as the world's largest retailer unleashes a new strategy to gain access to the city.
OPINION
April 1, 2004
Re "A Big-Box Ballot Bully," editorial, Mar. 28: If the city of Inglewood had not unilaterally decided that Wal-Mart could not do business there, Wal-Mart would not have been forced to bypass Inglewood's unthinking restrictions and bring its case directly to the people. It is certainly important to have an open discussion about how a business will affect the surrounding community, but Inglewood's elected officials' instinct was not to discuss but to restrict. A Wal-Mart supercenter will bring astounding amounts of tax revenue to the city, as well as many good entry-level jobs that pay a fair wage, rather than the over-priced, career bar-code monkeys that are spawned at unionized grocery stores.
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November 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council voted 5 to 3 late Tuesday to ban Wal-Mart Supercenters out of concern for increased traffic and the negative effect on small businesses. Mayor Jerry Sanders has threatened to veto the council action because he says it unfairly restricts where consumers can buy groceries. The vote bans stores of more than 90,000 square feet that devote more than 10% of floor space to nontaxable items such as food. The action came after hours of emotional debate.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2002 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN and MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Wednesday that it will open 40 supercenters across California over the next four to six years, bringing these giant discount-plus-grocery stores to the state for the first time. The move is a direct challenge to grocery chains in California, as Wal-Mart Supercenters in other states have eroded the profits of small and large rivals. Although the Bentonville, Ark.
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August 2, 2009 | Martha Groves
A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge has ordered the city of Rialto to invalidate its approvals for a proposed Wal-Mart supercenter because the city did not adequately analyze the project's environmental effect, among other factors. In two companion cases, one filed by a grass-roots organization and the other by the city of Colton, Judge Donald R. Alvarez decided last week that Rialto's approval violated the California Environmental Quality Act and other land-use laws.
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August 31, 2005 | Natasha Lee and David Pierson, Times Staff Writers
For three years, local politicians, labor unions and community activists have fought Wal-Mart's efforts to bring a supercenter store into Los Angeles County. But with little fanfare -- and few protests -- the county's first supercenter is scheduled to open today in Palmdale. The desert community 70 miles north of downtown L.A. has become the latest beachhead in Wal-Mart's campaign to bring to California as many as 40 supercenters, combination department stores and grocery markets.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2003 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
A report commissioned by two Los Angeles city councilmen warns that Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Supercenters could harm the local economy and recommends that the company be required to raise its pay and benefits if it wants to operate in the city. The report, made public Friday, moves Los Angeles one step closer toward banning or placing severe restrictions on the mega-stores, which combine a full supermarket with a typical Wal-Mart discount outlet.
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August 2, 2009 | Martha Groves
A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge has ordered the city of Rialto to invalidate its approvals for a proposed Wal-Mart supercenter because the city did not adequately analyze the project's environmental effect, among other factors. In two companion cases, one filed by a grass-roots organization and the other by the city of Colton, Judge Donald R. Alvarez decided last week that Rialto's approval violated the California Environmental Quality Act and other land-use laws.
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May 16, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge has rebuffed Wal-Mart's plan for a supercenter in the desert town of Yucca Valley, partly on the grounds that the giant retailer failed to take measures to reduce its impact on global warming. Environmentalists had been pressuring Wal-Mart to install solar panels to provide electricity for its proposed 184,000-square-foot store.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would close all six of its Sam's Club membership warehouse locations in Canada by the end of March. The Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter is shifting its focus in Canada to supercenters, which sell groceries and general merchandise, after the warehouse clubs failed to meet sales expectations, a spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to protect its small-business owners from more competition, Santa Ana is poised to become the first Orange County city to prevent Wal-Mart Supercenters from opening. Twenty-one Supercenters, which combine a regular Wal-Mart with a discount supermarket, have opened statewide. But Santa Ana appears to be part of a groundswell of opposition in Southern California to "big-box" retailers. In the last three months, San Diego and Long Beach passed ordinances prohibiting Supercenters.
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January 1, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
While other Southern California cities pass laws to prevent Wal-Mart Supercenters from opening, Garden Grove appears to be all but holding open the front door for the big-box retailer. Pressed for money and looking for a way to revive a tired commercial district in central Garden Grove, city officials see a Supercenter as a potential savior. "This is going to enhance the quality of life of our residents, and it will be an anchor to a blighted area," said Councilwoman Janet Nguyen.
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November 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council voted 5 to 3 late Tuesday to ban Wal-Mart Supercenters out of concern for increased traffic and the negative effect on small businesses. Mayor Jerry Sanders has threatened to veto the council action because he says it unfairly restricts where consumers can buy groceries. The vote bans stores of more than 90,000 square feet that devote more than 10% of floor space to nontaxable items such as food. The action came after hours of emotional debate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
While other Southern California cities pass laws to prevent Wal-Mart Supercenters from opening, Garden Grove appears to be all but holding open the front door for the big-box retailer. Pressed for money and looking for a way to revive a tired commercial district in central Garden Grove, city officials see a Supercenter as a potential savior. "This is going to enhance the quality of life of our residents, and it will be an anchor to a blighted area," said Councilwoman Janet Nguyen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge has rebuffed Wal-Mart's plan for a supercenter in the desert town of Yucca Valley, partly on the grounds that the giant retailer failed to take measures to reduce its impact on global warming. Environmentalists had been pressuring Wal-Mart to install solar panels to provide electricity for its proposed 184,000-square-foot store.
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September 21, 2006 | Hector Becerra and Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writers
Raising the stakes in the campaign to keep Wal-Mart Supercenters out of the Los Angeles area, the Long Beach City Council this week approved a sweeping ordinance that would effectively ban the retail giant and other big-box retailers from selling food and groceries at their stores.
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September 19, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
After more than three years of controversy, Wal-Mart celebrated the grand opening Saturday of its Supercenter in Rosemead, amid blaring mariachi trumpets and an air of triumph. But the political fallout from the battle will culminate today when voters in the predominantly Latino and Asian suburb of 55,000 in the San Gabriel Valley decide whether to recall two council members who back the retail giant.
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