El Monte council debates agreement th...

El Monte council debates agreement that could result in Wal-Mart

There are 46 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Feb 23, 2010, titled El Monte council debates agreement that could result in Wal-Mart. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

City officials have six days to renew an agreement with a developer that claims to have a deal to bring a Wal-Mart to town.

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TACOS

San Jose, CA

#1 Feb 23, 2010
I would love to see them break ground on this sometime this year.. I still dont know why things have to take forever to get done.. As an El Monte resident I never shop in El Monte... Covina,West Covina and Baldwin Park receive all my dollars. For shopping eating and entertainement. It is a sad sad day when somone is unable to find something decent to eat or do in El Monte. I want a nice bar where people dont fight and a nice restaurant where I can find a good meal. Made the mistake of going to Pepes not to long ago and they had a magic show going on and a dancer. Never again will I return. Some where I can watch the laker game and have a beer would be nice. Please please make a change... If you need ideas let me know.
fred flintstone

Gardena, CA

#2 Feb 23, 2010
many people Don't Know that El Monte has a Current Sales Tax Rate on 10.25% and they need to fill the caufers for the UNIONS so they can Pay Big Wages for city employees plus all the entitlements.
you can bet the Wal-Mart Will Not Have a UNION or they will walk

does anyone understand that Union Wages are OUT OF LINE.
EM Resident

Sherman Oaks, CA

#3 Feb 23, 2010
The article states that Mayor Quintero has never seen a letter of intent. He acts like this is the first he has heard of this deal. A few weeks ago Mayor Quintero was quoted in this newspaper about having reservations regarding Wal-Mart. All those reservations seemed to be concerning the fact that Wal-Mart isn't union.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/rds_search/ci_14114...

Is the Mayor contradicting himself?
Clau

La Canada Flintridge, CA

#4 Feb 23, 2010
They should make a Super Target instead.
John Kerry

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Feb 23, 2010
EM Resident wrote:
The article states that Mayor Quintero has never seen a letter of intent. He acts like this is the first he has heard of this deal. A few weeks ago Mayor Quintero was quoted in this newspaper about having reservations regarding Wal-Mart. All those reservations seemed to be concerning the fact that Wal-Mart isn't union.
http://www.sgvtribune.com/rds_search/ci_14114...
Is the Mayor contradicting himself?
No, he is not contradicting himself. He is uncontradicting his prior position which he supported prior to opposing it because his was unsustainable and lacked kind of synergy that promotes hope and change.
EM Voter

Sherman Oaks, CA

#6 Feb 23, 2010
Well, now we know which three council members listen and respond to their constituents, and which two are more concerned with the unions. Andre Quintero is more concerned with his buddies in SEIU and Norma Macias doesn't make a move without consulting her cousins, the Congressional Reps from Orange County, the union butt kissing Sanchez sisters.
bus rider

United States

#7 Feb 23, 2010
el monte does need a supermarket. i hope its a wal-mart like the one in rosemead. plus we need jobs in the community. hopefully it will come through. andres will pocket some money from this deal. dont they all.

“USC=Greatest team of BCS era!”

Since: Aug 08

Burn, baby, burn!

#8 Feb 23, 2010
Clau wrote:
They should make a Super Target instead.
I vote for Costco.
Are you serious

Thousand Oaks, CA

#9 Feb 23, 2010
El Monte council needs to get their head out their arse and bring some type of mainstream business to its city asap!...who cares about union - non-union b.s.!!...revenue is revenue and El Monte needs revenue!
Chris

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Feb 23, 2010
TACOS wrote:
I would love to see them break ground on this sometime this year.. I still dont know why things have to take forever to get done.. As an El Monte resident I never shop in El Monte... Covina,West Covina and Baldwin Park receive all my dollars. For shopping eating and entertainement. It is a sad sad day when somone is unable to find something decent to eat or do in El Monte. I want a nice bar where people dont fight and a nice restaurant where I can find a good meal. Made the mistake of going to Pepes not to long ago and they had a magic show going on and a dancer. Never again will I return. Some where I can watch the laker game and have a beer would be nice. Please please make a change... If you need ideas let me know.
I agree with you. I also take my dollars to the surrounding cities you mentioned in addition to Pasadena, Duarte and Monrovia. I wish the "powers that be" would focus on creating a shopping and dining experience through a plan for a complex that includes a movie theater (a real movie theater, not that pathetic dirty little Edwards on Santa Anita). With a major train/bus terminal like we have in El Monte, they should be able to attract commuters and the Hollywood Bowl crowd with the proper "planning".

P.S.
There's a nice bar/restaurant at 11672 Ramona called El Patio. The owner is a formally trained chef who wanted to bring something to El Monte that caters more towards the type of crowd that takes their business to surrounding cities.
Bill

Covina, CA

#11 Feb 23, 2010
What happened to the casino they were supposed to be talking about for Flair park?
The Taxpayer

Inglewood, CA

#12 Feb 23, 2010
Ya Art Barrios was a 30 member of a union "Barbers" union what a joke. Get Costco in this town and get rid of the 10% tax.
TACOS

San Jose, CA

#13 Feb 23, 2010
Chris wrote:
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I agree with you. I also take my dollars to the surrounding cities you mentioned in addition to Pasadena, Duarte and Monrovia. I wish the "powers that be" would focus on creating a shopping and dining experience through a plan for a complex that includes a movie theater (a real movie theater, not that pathetic dirty little Edwards on Santa Anita). With a major train/bus terminal like we have in El Monte, they should be able to attract commuters and the Hollywood Bowl crowd with the proper "planning".
P.S.
There's a nice bar/restaurant at 11672 Ramona called El Patio. The owner is a formally trained chef who wanted to bring something to El Monte that caters more towards the type of crowd that takes their business to surrounding cities.
I will look into that ..thanks.. have seen it a lot but have never given it a thought..

And yes Pasadena has it all.. I spend a good amount of time at the bars there..

Since: Feb 10

United States

#14 Feb 23, 2010
Finally I can buy banana, bread, tomales and knee high socks in one place
Frustrated resident

Upland, CA

#15 Feb 23, 2010
I used to live in El Monte up until they raised the taxes above everyone else. I refuse to shop or live there. There are some good restaurants there but I guess I will not be giving the city money so they can waste it on the big wages of city workers.
Ted

Anaheim, CA

#16 Feb 23, 2010
TACOS wrote:
I would love to see them break ground on this sometime this year.. I still dont know why things have to take forever to get done.. As an El Monte resident I never shop in El Monte... Covina,West Covina and Baldwin Park receive all my dollars. For shopping eating and entertainement. It is a sad sad day when somone is unable to find something decent to eat or do in El Monte. I want a nice bar where people dont fight and a nice restaurant where I can find a good meal. Made the mistake of going to Pepes not to long ago and they had a magic show going on and a dancer. Never again will I return. Some where I can watch the laker game and have a beer would be nice. Please please make a change... If you need ideas let me know.
True! It would be nuce. A shoping center, with a walmart. As for a nice bar, I doubt it!
TACOS

San Jose, CA

#17 Feb 23, 2010
I think a Fridays in the city would do great...

and a wing stop... I love me some wings...
DTLC

Honolulu, HI

#18 Feb 23, 2010
I don't like Walmart, I have watched walmart rip up beautiful towns and cities in the united states for years. Wallmart is in financial trouble, and we have a sam's which is part of walmart already laying off employees.

Money talks and bullshite walks, festival-capri has done a lot of talking, but no building, you would think the city with all the heartbreak and pain brought about by the titan debacle would have learned something, why is the city constantly stuck in bad deals with other people? Why are we intermingling our assets with other entities?. It reeks of desperation and lack of savvy in the business.

It is obvious this developer can't deliver on its promises, and Mr Barrios with all respect your whiny lets develop, I am a mason, friends with a delusional nazi in lieberhossen now departed wolsdorf enemy of trailercourts, world you need to retire to your own overdeveloped monstrasity you call home and butt out.

I would rather endure some empty buildings than another meeting where my city is almost bankrupt over believing the sweet lying promises of strangers, and you Mr. Barrios, I want a wal mart mentality are part of the problem and no longer part of the solution. We live in california so we can shop in other cities, we will always shop in other cities, but I want products made in the united states not china. Quit selling out your country and your neighbors jobs to save 10 bucks on a TV.

Junping Jim

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Feb 23, 2010
A Walmart in El Monte? the unions, liberals, and democrats (who hate them) would have a fit.

The sales tax in El Monte is too high, I would rather go to the one in Rosemead.
frank

Calabasas, CA

#21 Feb 23, 2010
i agree with tacos and chris.i do go to monrovia,arcadia,pasadena where there good place to eat and good sports bar to watch the ball game.

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