March 23, 2012
The Times Hits the Nail on the Head—-Again
Yesterday, Community Advocates blogged about the dishonesty animating a motion (as you read the motion keep in mind that the Wal-Mart is nowhere near what is commonly thought of as Chinatown, but at the top of Downtown where Grand meets Cesar Chavez/Sunset) offered by Councilmen Garcetti and Reyes to effectively ban Wal-Mart from leasing a space in an existing building that has been vacant for years at Cesar Chavez and Grand . You can read our blog here.
The conclusion of our piece was,
Today the Los Angeles Times chose the same topic to editorialize on and their conclusion mirrors ours (this is the second time this week that the Times has taken a position consistent with The Wide Angle’s).
The Times argues that changing the rules of the game on Wal-Mart at the behest of labor will make LA even more unattractive to new businesses than it presently is, a risk that LA can ill afford.
It will be interesting to see what the City Council does today—-will they acquiesce to labor’s demand and kill Wal-Mart’s plans or will they allow a legitimate business to comply with existing rules and provide jobs and services to a community that needs them.
The result will tell us a lot about the mettle of the Council we have and about those who would be mayor.