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.