Sullivan's last stand against Walmart grocery Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Apr 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm
Pleasanton City Councilman Matt Sullivan, a long-time and outspoken foe of the business and employment policies of national retailer Walmart Corp., filed an appeal Monday against a decision last month by the city's Planning Commission to allow the company to open one of its Neighborhood Markets here.
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Posted by Wilson, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm
Thanks a lot Matt, you socialist scumbag you. Without the unions to counterbalance corporate power and influence, corporations would be better able to do good for the world as they're so interested in doing. What's good for Walmart is good for this country, can't you get that through your thick skull? I'm tired of paying high milk prices just so that some spoiled union mother of three can make a living wage. You have no morals, sir. You are a kad.
Posted by Chris, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm
His decision to file a appeal just means Mr. Sullivan must have made a decision to not run for mayor in November. It is after all political suicide with this move not inlcluding his other ill advised decisions during his city council tenure.
Posted by aNYminute, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm
Sorry Tom, but the rumor mill has Sullivan running for Mayor in Nov. Perhaps this is a ploy to gain favor with the unions & democratic Party over Cook-callio? These 2 want to have a conversation about requiring all retail to have a conditional use permit. no thanks!!
Posted by aNYminute, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm
BTW, Sullivan who proclaims himself to be the biggest supporter on the council of TOD housing, continued the project proposed to be built across the street from BART tonight. That's part of the Urban Habitat lawsuit--probably hear more about another lawsuit!! He's not really about housing at all--rather no housing!!
Posted by Cecil, a resident of the California Somerset neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm
I heard Sullivan is dropping out of politics to go work for Saint. They pay almost 200 grand a year for their operatives to pass out literature door to door. It just goes to show how powerful union money is. Its getting so that respectable corporations have to spend twice as much to get heard by their local politicians. How much do you think the other four on the council have taken from Walmart? I'm okay with that, I just wish Walmart didn't have to spend so much. Its not fair to them.
Posted by 99 cent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:10 am
Would you believe, after all the weeks of bluffs, threats, and lies to prevent WalMart's Neighborhood Market from replacing a previous market, I went by the adjoining center where Kathy's Health Club had been for a decade, and lo, shelves are being stocked for next weeks opening of a 99cent store ! ! ! I'm so glad it's nothing trashy, after all efforts to keep it upscale ! ! Maybe they knew somebody on Planning, since this is happening without a 'word' to the community.
It's OK with me. The hypocrisy of the unions just glares like a neon sign !
Posted by Cecil, a resident of the California Somerset neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 6:57 am
Walmart? 99cent store? I love their beef jerky. Pleasanton's lookin more and more like Arkansas everyday. What's wrong with that? We need to badger the three stooges on the city councel to rezone and so as to allow chickens and other domestic animals into the downtown area. I'd just love to have some chickens and a rooster or two ranging in my front yard. My elitist neighbors complained when we brought a hog into our garage. Unions are bad. They make corporations pay even more than they do to buy off our politicians and to administer corporate media that makes sure labor issues like workers' strikes and boycotts and work-ins and local community protests don't make the news.
Posted by me, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 8:31 am
I can't wait for Walmart! I buy limited groceries at Target when I am there. One item I buy costs $4.89 at Safeway and the EXACT SAME item at Target costs $2.49. Safeway and Raley's need a little competition!
Posted by Suzy Q, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 8:49 am
Interesting how so many anonymous postings above were posted back to back. Perhaps a lot of sock puppets with multiple name posts? Tim Hunt perhaps?
Let's talk about the Planning Commission. Are they a bunch of rubber stamps for the Chamber? They will vote YES on anything then the decision gets appealed to the Council. Just recently they voted YES on a house on Neal st. a large home on tiny lot, and now Walmart. Do they check with Scott before they vote, or just vote YES?
Speaking of the Planning Commission - how many of theses YES chamber puppets are going to run for council in November? Do you know Tim?
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 8:58 am
Matt just continues to live up to his credentials as a Social Engineer .... Needed or not , he can't avoid dragging things out no matter what the cost not the principle. Let's make sure we don't elect him Mayor ... Assuming he is naive enough to think he represents the whole community.
Posted by What???, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 9:00 am
I am a total conservative and I agree whole heartedly with Matt. Walmart uses employment practices that make every employee part time with no benefdits. Walmart is the scumbag organization not Matt. In addition it will drive small retailers out of business. That ruins the feel of our town and makes it another Tracy. He is standing up for what he believes and that makes him a scumbag? What a bunch of self righteous peons. I'm sure you will care when your housing prices get hit with the hammer.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 9:22 am
Sorry What???, "In addition it will drive small retailers out of business."
What drives downtown businesses out of business is the fact that the Pleasantightwads won't support them. They drive their SUVs to town to get the lipo/botox/mani/pedi treatments but then they browse the stores to get details about the products and order them on Amazon.
Pleasantights are all about show, nothing about support. Amazing that any retailers even want to locate here.
Posted by steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 9:35 am
What???-you are certainly not a conservative. Conservatives believe in the power of the free market, your rant promotes the opposite. Replacing a grocery store with another grocery store will only increase our property values. Try using some common sense.
Your scumbag friend matt can stand up for what he believes with his own money, not the city's.....take him to berkeley with you and get lost on the way, troll.
Posted by Concerned, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 9:43 am
The messages above say everything. Matt epitomizes everything that is wrong with Pleasanton city politics. We are known as the anti-job , union lackey city. We may wind up paying millions to Walmart in a lawsuit. Hopefully the council will turn down this appeal but you never know with Hosterman trying to run for office with union support and Cook being a union member. We need to turn out in force.
Posted by Asterisk, a resident of the Carriage Gardens neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:20 am
Blaming the store Union workers without the facts bothers me. They might be the problem but food costs, electricity, facility costs and the bloated Administrative positions within a company must also add to the bottom line issues. I remember when the Retail Clerks had a good thing but I believe that has changed over the years and now you get a guy in the deli counter who can hardly speak English. The Service and the quality of employee has diminished. I will be attacked for this but I think debate is good. Wal Mart has positive and negative sides. But so does the new Safeway which is just another "Big Box" which has clogged traffic on Bernal. We did not need that store as we already had a ton of grocery stores. But he with the money--speaketh and controls. The injured party in this is small businesses but Pleasanton is now yuppie so go figure. Simple. I liked Downtown when it had a bar or two, a hardware store and a shoe cobbler and when more than 20% of business owners lived in town and we knew them.
Posted by Chemist, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:36 am
At the recent Planning Commission meeting only one person was weakly opposed to Walmart's Neighborhood Market coming to Pleasanton, while about 30 people from the immediate neighborhood and all around town spoke in favor of following existing zoning laws (which permit a grocery store at that location), bringing jobs to Pleasanton, renewing an almost dead shopping center, etc., etc. The people who filed an appeal the previous acceptance of Walmart's application, did not bother to show up for the meeting. So now we have Mr. Sullivan ready to cost Walmart and Pleasanton more time and money. The only person on this council who deserves to be major is JERRY THORNE. Sullivan and Cook-Gallio represent the UNIONS - we need people who represent Pleasanton.
Posted by 99 cent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 11:02 am
I was/am for the WM Neighborhood Market...I just fine it interesting the neighboring 99cent store (in the same strip) is opening BEFORE WM...SO STOP with the Ark. comments....99 is there FIRST. For the record no more lies allowed. 99 open in early APRIL, before Easter 2012...just the facts from now on. Where have all the screamers and liers been on this. 99cent is a BIG BAD CORPORATION. You had plenty to scream and lie about, but you were mute. AWwww, I WONDER why ???? Couldn't possibly ALL be about unions, now could it ? ? How petty of the greedy, political unions.
Posted by Hal, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm
So a 99cent store gets approval to open in a former fitness center, no questions asked, no meetings, no discussions, no anything, just approved. And Walmart has to jump through hoops to put a grocery store where a grocery store was!
Posted by Cecil, a resident of the California Somerset neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Hey What??? Why don't you leave town and take Matt and the hippie mayor with you. Wait, actually I kinna like the mayor and I'd like to see her barefoot in a calico country farm dress, but that's neither there or here.
A true conservative likes the idea that Walmart contracts out with subsidiaries and subcontractors that use primarily child labor. That's what true free markets are all about. Children or there parents having the freedom to contract themselves out as slaves. So, What??? and Matt, you too scumbags, child slave labor forever, because that's what conservative free market capitalism is all about. Guverment out of our lifes!!!
Posted by Al, a resident of the Danbury Park neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm
You can't fix stupid, but you can vote Matt Sullivan out at the next election. Wal-Mart provides employement opportunities for seniors and people with special needs to supplement their income. If someone wants a career with Wal-Mart they can earn a decent salary and benefits.
Maybe, Matt should move to a city where his no progress ideas have a chance of passing.
Posted by Robert, a resident of the West of Foothill neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm
My congratulations to Matt Sullivan for taking a stand against a company that puts profits ahead of employees and local communities. They have a well established pattern of running local businesses into the ground while at the same time paying substandard wages, poor or no benefits and as a result forcing their employees to rely on government program subsidies for survival. A poor neighbor indeed. I say keep them out of our Pleasanton.
Posted by facts please, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm
Sullivan is wasting the city's time and money. I don't like Walmart BUT they are allowed based on the ordinance. The city has no discretion in this situation. Zero! Sullivan knows this. He knows he can make noise and the rest of the council will follow the ordinance.
Posted by aNYminute, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm
Matt can basically take a free NO vote on Wal Mart, satisfying the unions when he runs for Mayor, well knowing full well that there are 3 votes on the Council to deny his appeal so that the City complies with the law. I wouldn't be surprised to see union member Cook-Callio vote NO as well to keep up with Matt while knowing that there are 3 yes votes so that the City is not going to be sued on a denial.
Posted by Lance M, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm
It's like nobody here understands the situation. Mr. Sullivan already has a grocery store close to his house so no other grocery store is necessary. It is that simple. What we need is some more banks downtown. that is something we can all stand up for.
Posted by Lance M, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm
"My congratulations to Matt Sullivan for taking a stand against a company that puts profits ahead of employees"
Wow, i would like to live in your world. Do you really believe that Safeway, Kaiser, Oracle, etc put the employees ahead of profits? You must never have worked for any of these companies or any other large corporation.
And too reiterate another point. Fresh and Easy came to town, with almost the exact same business practices as Wal-Mart, yet I did not hear Mr. Sullivan make a stand, perhaps because the name of the parent company does not have as much recognition. That store is within a few hundred yards of competing Trader joes yet there was not grand campaign against too many grocery stores in that area. SO tell us the real story.
Posted by James, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm
The site is zoned for supermarket. Walmart is building a supermarket only concept store there. For anyone to deny Walmart in that site for that purpose is asking for a lawsuit from Walmart. I would love to see Walmart sue on such grounds. Then we would really be wasting taxpayer money. Matt Sullivan is obviously not wanting to be voted in again. What a waste of taxpayer money to have the appeal. Matt, let the market and the consumer decide where I can and cannot shop. The city council has no right whatsoever to decide for me. I for one, want the Walmart store. I want it, and I will choose to shop there. If you don't want to shop there, simply don't. I hope the rest of your council members are reading these posts as most of us are voters.
Posted by Carole Didek, a resident of the Vineyard Hills neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm
Dear Matt: You make a big stink about this but it's okay for the City Manager to have his city office remodeled recently for over $100,000 at taxpayers expense? Why do you and the rest of your council members put up with Mr. Fialo's financial shell games? He's been moving money around to serve special interest groups and his own selfish indulgences for a long time... you and the council need to spend a little more time looking at what's wrong right under your nose! You can count on this coming up at a future council meeting because I think residents need to know that Mr. Fialo doesn't practice what he preaches.
Posted by Cecil, a resident of the California Somerset neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm
Took my kids to LA and we visited the Museum of Tolerance --- not recommended if one hates liberal propaganda. We all took a little 'interview test' and one of the questions was: "With 8 million children working as labor slaves in the world, would you be willing to pay a few cents more for a product if it meant reducing child enslavement?"
Thank the lord my kids have been properly trained. All of them said "Heck no!" Everybody in my family knows a few cents in savings is way more important that some foreigner kid being made to work for Walmart at the end of a barrel of a gun. Besides, other companies do it too, and so that makes it alright!
Posted by Tennessee Jed, a resident of the Jensen Tract neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2012 at 6:36 am
I see where Hayward is now the focal point of the Walmart grocery store brouhaha. It looks as though Hayward is going through the same thing that we here in Pleasanton have been going through. Folks, the battle has moved to Hayward. I don't hold out much hope for a successful outcome for Walmart, as Hayward is completely whacked out, and is a cesspool of political corruption. I'm sorry, Hayward used be a nice town 35 or 40 years ago. But now, it is nothing but a bunch of damn traffic jams, broken down strip malls and a Third World mentality. Keep it up folks, at this rate it will not take that long for us to look like Hayward. Let's just get a lot of low income housing in here, and more traffic on the streets,. All it would take would be some more low income housing, more traffic on our streets, over fill our schools with under-performing students incapable of competing, and filling our political coffers with imbeciles and morons beholden to unions and special interests. I could go on and on, but you all know the story. And I don't think it's going to have a happy ending.
Posted by Cecil, a resident of the California Somerset neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2012 at 8:21 am
What's wrong with the Tennessee look, Jed? There isn't a store in the region that has lower prices on pickled eggs and pigs feet. With Walmart we keep the child labor business in operation overseas, we turn Pleasanton into Tennsee, and we save pennies on the dollar. C'mon aboard yew all.
Posted by Rick, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm
You are truly out of touch with the citizens you serve.
If this was so important to you, WHY is it that YOU WERE NOT at the planning meeting held in the Firehouse Arts Center? I was there and YOU were nowhere to be seen or heard. WHY didn’t you attend and present your views to the Planning Commission?
Something about that is just ‘not right’! Oh, that’s right….you wanted to be able to hear/read what those in favor of the Grocery store would say……gives you some time to think of ‘new’ arguments, right?, while avoiding the citizens you serve. You should be ashamed.
And, where were the Angela Joe-Willmes and Linda Martin - the 2 that complained? I was there, WHERE were THEY? They wasted the city's time and money - as well as MINE.
You have lost all credibility in my eyes. You are truly what are wrong with politics. I believe you have shown selfishness throughout this process.
I guess we all have to attend YET ANOTHER MEETING on this subject - which has been approved 3 different times. Why?
I hope that the next meeting is FILLED to the rafters with the same fine people that have been to meetings on this subject, over and over.
It si a Grocery Store in a building planned for a Grocery Store.
Posted by Mamacita, a member of the Mohr Elementary School community, on Apr 23, 2012 at 10:32 am
I have worked within retail for 20+ years, and I am always shocked how some people are so quick to make assumptions (positive or negative) about a company and how they treat their employees. The "all part time employees & no/ low availability (& high cost) of any benefits" is not limited to Walmart. Many years ago, when I worked at a Music store in the Mall, I referred a customer to Walmart/Target for an item. She told me she refused to shop at those places because they paid their employees so little. Meanwhile, we all made 5-10 cents over minimum wage (after 3 years!) with only one employee (Store Manager) approved for full time, although we all worked right to the max allowed. I had employees that worked for me at Macy's that had been there for over 20 years who only made $10.35/hour after we got rid of commission! The store has very limited full time positions, and many of those employees hated to even take their vacations because they didn't earn enough to actual go anywhere on vacation.
People need to work. Walmart offers employment to, honestly, some people with limited abilities/capabilities that other stores won't embrace as easily as Walmart does. In interviews, I have spoken to many former Walmart employees, and they're not the ones that are complaining. In general, they feel like they were treated well.
I am looking forward to having a grocery store so close that I can actually afford to shop in.
Posted by gdanjou, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm
I just love to read these comments regarding this or that , and that no matter what side of the border we live on ,we do have the same concerns ,speaking of 99cent /dollar stores.I only wish that our dollars stores canadian]were more like you guys in the states,all we got is a lot OF JUNK,I call them dust collectors ,we don't have a full range of food item , [fresh veges] nor even vitamins,just a lot of junk food and stuff that really doesn't work for a period of time,and to make matter worst we ,just in one block where I live we have five ,yes '5' of these so-call bargain stores, humm some bargain ,cheaper at ,dare I say it ,walmart,,,