Wal-Mart survey shows most in favor of store

first_img Low attended the rally, where it was announced she and Victor Ruiz would run as candidates in the upcoming recall election. A date for the recall has not been set, but it is expected to come out of the City Council meeting at 8 tonight. The meeting will be in Council Chambers at City Hall, 8838 Valley Blvd. The recall targets Mayor Jay Imperial and Councilman Gary Taylor. About 100 people attended the rally at St. Anthony’s Catholic church in San Gabriel. The church has been a leading critic of Rosemead’s plans for a Wal-Mart. Goetz Wolff, a professor at the UCLA School of Public Policy, and Kent Wong of the UCLA Labor Center said Wal-Mart has had a negative impact on workers around the world and at home. They were joined by different religious leaders in condemning Wal-Mart as an immoral employer for its alleged low wages and lack of benefits for workers. State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-East Los Angeles, said the religious community should stand against Wal-Mart for moral reasons. Assemblywoman Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, also spoke out against Wal-Mart, saying the Super Center would go into a residential neighborhood where it is unwelcome. “Wal-Mart won’t just bring a low-price guarantee to Rosemead,” Chu said. “It will bring a low-class guarantee to Rosemead.” Jason Kosareff can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Rosemead City Council has approved a Wal-Mart Super Center on 24 acres at Walnut Grove Avenue and Rush Street. “The people of Rosemead support this store because it offers us shopping opportunities and jobs,” said Lee Ann Dalessio, executive director of the chamber. “We want outsiders and labor unions that are trying to run our city to leave decision making to the people of Rosemead. We know what’s best for our community. These unions have an agenda that works for them, but will ultimately leave residents with nothing.” Election results from March send a different message, critics say. Two incumbent councilmen who voted to approve Wal-Mart’s Supercenter were ousted in favor of two candidates strongly opposed to the retailer’s plans. Councilman John Tran received 2,879 votes and Councilman John Nunez got 2,556 votes for campaigning against Wal-Mart. By comparison, pro Wal-Mart incumbents Bill Alarcon and Joe Vasquez received 1,825 votes and 1,651 votes respectively. Polly Low, a write-in candidate who campaigned against Wal-Mart, got 1,796 votes. Councilwoman Margaret Clark, a Wal-Mart supporter, received 2,106 votes in March. Gearing up for a bitter recall fight, Wal-Mart opponents and members of the religious community held a rally Monday night. On the same day that local politicians and religious leaders held a rally against the retail giant, Wal-Mart released on Monday a poll showing 61 percent of Rosemead residents support a Super Center in their city. “Clearly, this survey shows widespread support for a Super Center in our community,” said Bob Wu, president of the Rosemead Chamber of Commerce, which publicized the survey results. The poll was conducted by Texas-based Voter Consumer Research Inc. and paid for by Wal-Mart, according to the chamber. It surveyed 300 registered voters in several languages and has a 5.7-percent margin of error. According to the poll, 64 percent of respondents favored Wal-Mart overall.last_img read more