Articles Tagged With ‘Big Box Store’

Ruling leaves Wal-Mart more vulnerable to CEQA suits

Wal-Mart may now face lawsuits for using the initiative process to sidestep the California Environmental Quality Act due to a state appellate court ruling. [California Watch] The retail giant, which currently faces a CEQA suit for its newly approved Atascadero... (Continue reading)

Atascadero Walmart approved

By KAREN VELIE Following more than two hours of public comment, the Atascadero City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the construction of a Walmart and another shopping center dubbed the Annex near the intersection of El Camino Real... (Continue reading)

Wal-Mart bait and switch

OPINION By DAVID BROADWATER A day of reckoning is coming in Atascadero on the Wal-Mart/Annex project at the June 26 City Council meeting. Multi-million dollar risks to the city’s businesses and residents are on the table. This will be your last chance... (Continue reading)

Walmart Annex plan hearing set

A public hearing on a contentious commercial development planned for Atascadero’s north end is slated Tuesday at 6 p.m. by the city’s planning commission. The hearing centers around entitlements for the Del Rio Road Commercial Area Specific Plan, incorporating the... (Continue reading)

Big-box stores abet hate groups?

Walmart, the biggest of the big-box stores, creates some big problems for communities, including a surge in the formation of hate groups, a major university study suggests. [San Francisco Chronicle] The study’s lead author, Dr. Stephan Goetz of Penn State,... (Continue reading)

Home Depot stores profiting on veterans

Veterans, enticed by the promise of special discounts, load their carts at Home Depot stores only to discover the advertised discounts require a non-existent veterans’ service card. While a portion of veterans receive medical cards, the bulk are expected to utilize... (Continue reading)

Wal-Mart rally against Rottman Group – via robocalls

Robocalls disparaging the Rottman Group and asking the public to support Wal-Mart ignited a wide-range of responses from Atascadero residents and a denial of any involvement by the mega retailer. “Attention Wal-Mart supporters,” the calls said before slamming the Rottman... (Continue reading)

Wal-Mart flexing initiative power

Tired of opposition to its expansion, Wal-Mart is exploiting California’s initiative system to intimidate elected officials with threats of costly special elections, and to sidestep lawsuits originating with environmental groups. [CaliforniaWatch] Using paid signature gatherers, the Arkansas-based retail giant plans... (Continue reading)

Atascadero Wal-Mart bail-out on the table

OPINION By DAVID BROADWATER Just as Atascadero’s new Wal-Mart/Annex enters the final phase of approval, the first taxpayer gouge appears. Due to a reported dispute between the developers (Wal-Mart & Rottman Group) over financing road/freeway improvements, city staff is asking... (Continue reading)

Target pays $22.5 million for dumping hazardous waste

As the new Target department store continues to spring up on Los Osos Valley Road, comes word that the parent company has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle various claims throughout California alleging the retail giant dumped hazardous waste.... (Continue reading)