Voice: Measure B did not fial, really

March 16, 2002

On March 5 Measure B went to the people of Calexico for their approval or disapproval of limitations of stores in excess of 150,000 square feet that could only devote 7.5 percent to non-taxable items, groceries. It is apparent that many people were not aware of the actual reading or meaning of this ordinance, one our elected officials put into law.

When our elected officials approved the ordinance, local merchants who were concerned with the future of Calexico brought it to their attention: the future of prosperity by all and not just Wal-Mart; the future of Calexico that would create jobs for all and not just Wal-Mart; the future of Calexico that would benefit the citizens of Calexico and not just Wal-Mart.

This was the meaning of Measure B. The city of Calexico would benefit 10-fold.

It is unfortunate that we, the citizens of Calexico, do not have over $150,000 to spend on a campaign that would benefit the city of Calexico, but Wal-Mart does. Wal-Mart has all the resources in the world to get what it wants, and there is no stopping them. I do not think this city has ever seen a campaign and rally like the one that displayed on March 4 and 5.


The local merchants, and I mean all local merchants in general, not just a few, are going to be affected with Measure B failing. Measure B was pointed to Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart only. This was the only store that fell into this category.

There will be no Measure C, Measure D, Measure E or for that matter Measure Z, so let's get the facts straight. Wal-Mart is looking out for Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart only. (Where have I head this before?)

Now that Measure B has failed, let's start to see the jobs being created. Let's start to see Target come into town and compete with a Super Wal-Mart. Let's start to see more attraction of new businesses come to Calexico and try to compete with a Super Wal-Mart. Let's start to see the city of Calexico flourish with a Super Wal-Mart.

Measure B did not fail, it only opened the eyes of the citizens who know what destruction Wal-Mart does in its path to communities like Calexico. Measure B did not fail, it made Wal-Mart display its actions of power and money to do what it has to, to get what it wants. Measure B did not fail, it only displayed that little guy is not going to go down without a FIGHT!



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