El Monte opens door to Wal-Mart

The City Council paved the way Wednesday for a Wal-Mart to open at Valley Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue within two years, reversing an earlier decision. Read more
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EL MONTE NEEDS WALMART

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#1 Feb 25, 2010
UNIONS?  Walmart could save union jobs look at Rosemead. Balanced budget! Mayor is thankful for Walmart. El Monte I thought we voted for change? BRING WALMART! Build and people will come.

 
Anonymous

Alhambra, CA

#2 Feb 25, 2010
Let us see how this works out. I think the public spoke its peace about the shortcomings of this developer, but I'm glad the council voted to give more time. If they have nothing to show for in 90 days so be it.

Glad to see Norma and J showing a little independence.
TACOS

Culver City, CA

#3 Feb 25, 2010
Walmart yes... my parents go there every weekend and shop and they live in El Monte..

Make it a super walmart... we need a grocery store that has it all..
Resident

Riverside, CA

#4 Feb 25, 2010
As Quintero said, many of the people that spoke at last night's meeting were critical of the developer, but what Quintero obviously missed was that not a single resident that spoke favored bailing out at this time. Obviously, the mayor was only listening to what he was interested in hearing. Quintero owes his soul to the unions, and it is the unions that he supports with his votes. He needs their financing when he makes his run for higher office. El Monte is only a stop-over for him.
Lisa

North Hollywood, CA

#5 Feb 25, 2010
TACOS wrote:
Walmart yes... my parents go there every weekend and shop and they live in El Monte..
Make it a super walmart... we need a grocery store that has it all..
I agree!!!
EM VOTER

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Feb 25, 2010
Resident wrote:
As Quintero said, many of the people that spoke at last night's meeting were critical of the developer, but what Quintero obviously missed was that not a single resident that spoke favored bailing out at this time. Obviously, the mayor was only listening to what he was interested in hearing. Quintero owes his soul to the unions, and it is the unions that he supports with his votes. He needs their financing when he makes his run for higher office. El Monte is only a stop-over for him.
Quintero opposes appointment of Rene Bobadilla (probably because POA and Loal 1014 opposed Bobadilla)

Quintero opposes exploring Walmart opportunity (probably because union backers oppose Walmart)

Anyone starting to see a pattern.

Montebello just had a RECALL.

Anyone interested in a RECALL.

I mean honestly were we really given a TRUE CHOICE for Mayor this last election: McDrunkie vs. McSleazy?

RECALL RECALL RECALL
John

San Diego, CA

#7 Feb 25, 2010
The problem does not appear to be if Wal-Mart should come to the city, but is there a COMPETENT DEVELOPER that can GET Wal-Mart to come to the city! ANd what "16 acre site" at Valley Blvd. and Santa Anita Ave. is being referred to? El Monte Station?
Jesters Court

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Feb 25, 2010
Why do we need a Wal-Mart in El Monte? There's one in Baldwin Park and Rosemead. And as for one comment suggested a Super Wal-Mart with groceries. Target in Rosemead is going to start selling groceries. Valley and Santa Anita are already congested with traffic. All this would do is bring more idiots to El Monte. Besides this sound like the Wal-Mart Corporation is bribing officals to allow them to move into their city.
What else is new??????
Resident

Riverside, CA

#9 Feb 25, 2010
Jesters Court wrote:
Why do we need a Wal-Mart in El Monte? There's one in Baldwin Park and Rosemead. And as for one comment suggested a Super Wal-Mart with groceries. Target in Rosemead is going to start selling groceries. Valley and Santa Anita are already congested with traffic. All this would do is bring more idiots to El Monte. Besides this sound like the Wal-Mart Corporation is bribing officals to allow them to move into their city.
What else is new??????
Yep! You're right there are Wal-Marts in Baldwin Park and Rosemead. El Monte residents have to go OUTside the city to shop. Baldwin Park and Rosemead are getting our tax dollars. If a Wal-Mart comes to El Monte, it will mean sales tax revenue, and property tax revenue for the city. As for who is bribing who...our mayor has shown with his votes that he is the property of the unions.
EM VOTER

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Feb 25, 2010
Jesters Court wrote:
Why do we need a Wal-Mart in El Monte? There's one in Baldwin Park and Rosemead. And as for one comment suggested a Super Wal-Mart with groceries. Target in Rosemead is going to start selling groceries. Valley and Santa Anita are already congested with traffic. All this would do is bring more idiots to El Monte. Besides this sound like the Wal-Mart Corporation is bribing officals to allow them to move into their city.
What else is new??????
Nice try Mr. Rosemead. Why don't you worry about your city instead. We will keep our sales tax revenues to ourselves thank you.
NorthElMonteRez

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Feb 25, 2010
It may be good, after Walmart puts out all the Mall's nasty stores out business maybe we can redevelop the area into something nice for the middle class residents. Hope its a SuperWalMart to make it worth the tax payers' investment.
Blanca

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Feb 25, 2010
EM VOTER wrote:
<quoted text>
Quintero opposes appointment of Rene Bobadilla (probably because POA and Loal 1014 opposed Bobadilla)
Quintero opposes exploring Walmart opportunity (probably because union backers oppose Walmart)
Anyone starting to see a pattern.
Montebello just had a RECALL.
Anyone interested in a RECALL.
I mean honestly were we really given a TRUE CHOICE for Mayor this last election: McDrunkie vs. McSleazy?
RECALL RECALL RECALL
I voted for Mr. Quintero, its good to see someone with intelligence on the Council. Even though I may not agree with all the decisions he will make in the future, he makes good legal points, looks at the bigger picture and our future. So what if itís a political stepping-stone for him, that is one of the problems with El Monte that we keep the same people in power and they are out of touch with the outside world. Give the young man some time to get settled in and I hope next round we see some more new young adults take the baton from their parents. I think we did a good job raising our kids let them lead. If you think you can do a better job get out there and make a difference.
John P

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Feb 25, 2010
Forget Wal-Mart, we want a Super Wal-Mart. If we're getting a Wal-Mart we want the added bonus of a grocer, butcher, baker, and deli!
John P

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Feb 25, 2010
John wrote:
what "16 acre site" at Valley Blvd. and Santa Anita Ave. is being referred to? El Monte Station?
That would be the huge vacant lot bordered by Santa Anita, Valley, Arden & the rail line.
The Taxpayer

Gardena, CA

#16 Feb 25, 2010
I was there that nite it was a joke all the people that worked for this city that took them for a big ride with pay and pensions. was there takeing signitures whats in it for them? Keep up the no votes Andre.
Scarlett

Baldwin Park, CA

#17 Feb 25, 2010
I am glad our mayor has the sense to do his research, just a simple sturgin search found a relationship to a large fund offered to him in 2007, by goldman sachs, yes he builds big huge, well he has to use most of it to remodel most of the shopping centers, he said he has been romancing wal mart for 7 years? That is all he has to offer?, where is the santa fe plaza?, I guess after the Titan betrayal walmart seems like a cake to the local peasants, instead of the lousy crumbs it is.

Why are discussions taking so long because we have a sams club and I am sure there is a conflict of internal interest, or walmart who is not doing good anywhere may replace the Sams club instead of doing a new building in a new location. If they have failed to perform on the agreed contract, let them default and take back the property.

Since: Feb 10

United States

#18 Feb 25, 2010
Jesters Court wrote:
Why do we need a Wal-Mart in El Monte? There's one in Baldwin Park and Rosemead. And as for one comment suggested a Super Wal-Mart with groceries. Target in Rosemead is going to start selling groceries. Valley and Santa Anita are already congested with traffic. All this would do is bring more idiots to El Monte. Besides this sound like the Wal-Mart Corporation is bribing officals to allow them to move into their city.
What else is new??????
Walmartt in every city!!

Since: Feb 10

United States

#19 Feb 25, 2010
Resident wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep! You're right there are Wal-Marts in Baldwin Park and Rosemead. El Monte residents have to go OUTside the city to shop. Baldwin Park and Rosemead are getting our tax dollars. If a Wal-Mart comes to El Monte, it will mean sales tax revenue, and property tax revenue for the city. As for who is bribing who...our mayor has shown with his votes that he is the property of the unions.
But you're also paying a higher sales tax to shop in El Monte, which pays for the city's mistake and bonuses and raised. Ouch.

The only reason why EM now approves of this Walmart is due t bad managment in the first place.
God help this world

Buena Park, CA

#20 Feb 25, 2010
OMG I Love Walmart Thank Goodness we are going to get one here. Now we just need to boost up security in the store considering there is a lot of thiefs and ghetto people here!
God help this world

Buena Park, CA

#21 Feb 25, 2010
John P wrote:
Forget Wal-Mart, we want a Super Wal-Mart. If we're getting a Wal-Mart we want the added bonus of a grocer, butcher, baker, and deli!
Thats true!!! I didnt realize they only said Walmart errrr!!

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