I was asked to sign a petition near the front entrance of the Calexico Wal-Mart. I gladly did so. This petition is an important one for Imperial Valley residents, as long as the growth of this Valley is important.
The petition is being circulated to help put on the ballot a measure to allow "big box" stores to come into our area. These stores bring jobs and money, not only in hiring people but those needed for maintenance companies like air-conditioning repairmen, plumbers, construction workers and landscape specialists.
The more employed people in our area, the more other services and establishments will be in demand, such as restaurants and entertainment. Community leaders have urged Valley residents to "shop the Valley first." Well, let us provide them with stores filled with goods, not vacant shops accumulating dust and unpaid rent.
Our Valley needs to expand to attract more industry and business. How are we to do that when a handful of local business people are passing ordinances to keep prosperous companies out of our area? What good are state-funded job-training programs when we have no jobs locally to place these trained people in?