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What it Really Costs When Walmart Comes to Town

April 24, 2012 -- Louisa Abada

What it Really Costs When Walmart Comes to Town
by David Mielach

It's more bad news for Wal-Mart . After a New York Times story alleged that Wal-Mart bribed officials in Mexico to allow the company to open stores in that country, another new report reveals exactly how much it costs a community in dollars and cents when Walmart comes to town.

Wal-Mart Battle Takes a Turn

March 12, 2012 -- Louisa Abada

Councilman Introduces Retail Ordinance That Some Believe Could Thwart Controversial Project

by Richard Guzman

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Wal-Mart’s effort to open a 33,000-square-foot grocery store on Cesar Chavez Avenue near Chinatown has hit a speed bump, with a City Councilman surprising many with a recent introduction of a retail-related motion.

LAANE: Court Revives L.A. law protecting grocery workers

July 19, 2011 -- Louisa Abada

From the Los Angeles Times:

Laws passed by California cities to protect labor when businesses change hands received a boost Monday from the California Supreme Court, which revived a Los Angeles ordinance aimed at protecting grocery workers.

The state high court ruled 6 to 1 that the 2005 city measure, which lower courts had rejected, did not usurp state or federal law or violate constitutional guarantees by requiring new grocery store owners to keep existing employees for months after taking over ownership.

Pittsburgh UNITED in the News: City Council Takes First Action on Cleaning Air in Over Sixty Years

July 13, 2011 -- Louisa Abada

Landmark legislation passed by Pittsburgh City Council ensures taxpayer supported development will have to drastically reduce diesel emissions. The bill requires a portion of the public subsidy be spent on diesel retrofits that can reduce the soot from heavy equipment by 85% or more.

Taking San Diego For a Ride, Again

June 21, 2011 -- Louisa Abada

Center on Policy Intiatives' Clare Crawford writes on the risks and uncertainties accompanying San Diego's contracting out of the Miramar Landfill. Contract negotiations remain ongoing as worries about proper oversight of the contract abound. These worries range from adequate oversight staffing resources to safety and environmental impacts in the change of operations continue. Turning over of Miramar Landfill to a private operator fails to protect the public interest.

Community Development Agreement for Canal Side Project Makes Sense

March 11, 2011 -- Louisa Abada

 

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Community Development Agreement for Canal Side Project Makes Sense
by Andy Reynolds

Before the Canal Side Development Project is approved, it is critical for the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) to ensure that the massive public investment in the project will be spent in a way that benefits the communities of Buffalo and the region. 

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