Community Lawsuit Halts Walmart Construction
Posted on August 28, 2012 by jway
Yesterday, construction of a Walmart Supercenter in Burbank, California came to a screeching halt. A court injunction was issued, preventing Walmart from moving forward with construction until a lawsuit filed by three local residents is resolved.
The ruling comes as a major victory for Burbank residents and conciliation to Los Angeles residents, who have been involved in a long and public fight to keep Walmart from entering historic Chinatown until it can provide quality jobs and meet the demands of community members.
The lawsuit, filed in May, will require the city to reassess whether the Walmart project will cause “significant harm to local traffic and businesses.” At very least, the court injunction will likely delay the store’s opening, scheduled for mid-to-late 2013.
“We’re happy we can shine a light on Walmart’s actions and the need to follow the development rules in our community. We hope this ruling gives our city the time necessary to seriously consider the significant negative impacts we feel Walmart would have on our city businesses and residents,” said Shanna Inglasbee, who is among those that filed the lawsuit, in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
The court injunction is yet another example of the challenges that Walmart’s expansion will likely face at every turn until it begins to respect the wishes of communities and provide jobs that pay a living-wage.