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Walmart gets Council's final OK for Pleasanton supermarket

Original post made on May 16, 2012

Walmart won the Pleasanton City Council's approval in a 4-1 vote Tuesday night to open one of its Neighborhood Market grocery stores in the long-vacant Nob Hill supermarket on Santa Rita Road.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 7:47 AM

Comments (34)

Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on May 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

Don't know the accuracy of this..............perhaps some other readers can verify. Note that our esteemed mayor says that she would never shop at Wal-Mart; however I have heard that she owns stock in Wal-Mart. Is this true?

Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on May 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

LOL. Well, glad to see the inevitable finally occurred. The posturing by the mayor is really comical.
It's like some wimp threatening to take on a much bigger person, all the while his buddies are holding the wimp back, as though he would really take on the bigger, stronger opponent.
Glad that sullivain lost his misguided effort, tilting at windmills.
Can't wait to hear the whining from the losers who opposed the new grocery store and their tales of the world coming to an end. The end they now see, is the irrelevance of their union utopia.

Posted by chemist
a resident of Downtown
on May 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

I don't know about her law degree or stock ownership, but none of the things she talked about last night belong in the discussion. Her opinion of Walmart is irrelevant. So is Matt Sullivan's opinion of Walmart, ETC. However, the most disappointing discussion concerned additional "ordinances" that would require more studies, more dollars, and more red tape for companies who want to bring jobs to Pleasanton. We already have TOO MANY RULES, REGULATIONS and OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE COUNCIL TO MAKE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PROCESS ARBITRARY - as we have just witnessed in this Walmart application CIRCUS. When the government can order traffic studies, environmental studies, and a whole list of arbitrary hurdles, that leads to bribery and corruption. Let the free market decide if Walmart will succeed in Pleasanton. If everyone agrees with Sullivan and Hosterman, Walmart will not succeed. If everyone agrees with me, any "traffic study" that might have been done will prove to under estimate the massive traffic jam that will be in the Walmart parking area. Before hearing how the mayor felt I was fairly indifferent, but now I plan to frequent our new Walmart Neighborhood Market daily.

Posted by Henry
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

Hey Dave....I believe in buying American so I drive a GM car.
BUT I own Toyota stock!! So what? Just because I don't spend money on their products doesn't mean I can't make money on it.
And what the mayor does with her PERSONAL life is her business! What she does that affects the city is OUR business!

Posted by me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

I wasn't at this meeting but the article makes it sound like Matt Sullivan was desperate and ranting?? Maybe he needs medication?

Get over it people... if you don't like Walmart, don't shop there. If no one shops there then it will go out of business like others. But we can't block businesses because we don't like them. Otherwise...where would it stop? What if someone on our council didn't like a business because of it's ethnic or racial slant, would they block that?

Posted by me too!
a resident of Birdland
on May 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

Me....I agree. This is America and we are free to shop where we want. If people want to shop at Genes or Raleys so their sales don't suffer because of Walmart that is their choice!
I know for me, it will be the only store I shop for groceries at. I'm all about saving money. I have to be, I don't have much to spend.

Posted by Tom
a resident of Castlewood
on May 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

Since we live in a free enterprise society, government should not be involved with promoting a liberal or conservative agenda. Pleasanton city council did the right thing in approving Walmart's plans based on the criteria it is required to assess.

If people don't like Walmart's 'business practices' what do the tell the millions of citizens who shop there and find that Walmart stores meet their needs? Political correctness and those who promote it is the 'religion' of our age.

Posted by Chemist
a resident of Downtown
on May 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

It is a certainty that ALL of the public speakers who were denied an opportunity to speak would have had far more intelligent input on the matter than our mayor. She is an embarrassment to our city. Her self-serving, union-serving positions are nothing short of ridiculous, and her comments at the meeting last night were unbecoming, unprofessional, irrelevant and a total waste of everyone's time.

Posted by Live in P-Town
a resident of Country Fair
on May 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

I shop at many grocery stores in Pleasanton and also at the new Target in Dublin. I've shopped at the Pleasanton WalMart for years, too. I see the SAME clerks at WalMart that have been there for at least 5 years. The new Target has had so many changes in employees since it opened that it must not be much different in wages/benefits than WalMart. But since WalMart is the largest grocery store in the country, it is the target to use a pun. Again, Safeway can compete on service, quality, and variety of merchandise which WalMart and Target can't. There's room for all of them in this area.

I'd prefer the City Council put a limit on the number of the massage businesses popping up all over town.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

If you are looking for other viable options to save $$ vs the large chain stores in Ptown and Dublin check out the Ranch 99 stores in Ptown/Dublin and Trader Joe's. They are thriving despite all of the discussion about killing businesses.
Maybe the state unions (and the associated "unfunded liabilities" that the state owes for them) will take note that they are not going to run rough shod over us in this town. (The state - that would be us the citzens of the state)
Unafraid to take a stand - Go Ptown!!!!!

Posted by Settled !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

Happy the neighborhood won't have an empty center much longer. Everybody wins by filling the vacancy!
Let's just say we do have many, many choices for groceries now...maybe some of us won't have to drive to Dublin Sprouts any more. I am sorry Trader Joes didn't opt to relocate for parking and asile space....BUT they did not ! ! Everything considered, WM neighborhood market fills the need/space.

Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

I first received the first union mailer in April 2011. 13 months to process a grocery store that is a permitted use in a pre-existing vacant grocery store?

[Give me a break - Hosterman and Cook-Kallio are above us all and far too well-off/wealthy to shop at Walmart. Perhaps they frequent Neiman Marcus like Mary Hayashi. And have their meals prepared by professional chefs.]

Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

Funny that Sullivan says " Walmart will damage the local economy & the local workers". Seems like he is as guilty as Walmart with all of his negative anti business moves while on the counsel. What a hippocrite. Does this guy ever support anything?

Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

Why do we have this level of disfunction in our city? Because they all are controled by their pet special interests.

Remove the continuances where one dessenting vote costs us TP's thousnads of dollars just so then can get campaign contributions!

Posted by Jib
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

OK, now if Matt Sullivan would please go crawl in a hole somewhere and not come out -- that would be wonderful. His performance on this Walmart application was disgusting.

Posted by Eryn
a resident of Downtown
on May 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

If the mayor owned stock in WM, she would have had to recuse herself from voting. Therefore, I would say she does not own stock in WM.

Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

At last, some common sense out of the city council! This empty space needs filling, and who cares what kind of business it is? People who want to spend their money there will do so and others will not.

I'm happy to see a market there as it will be the only one near this end of town!

Posted by Jake
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Actually, Lee, there is also Fresh and Easy, 99 Ranch and Trader Joe's.

Posted by informed resident
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Perhaps it is time to reconsider the practice of allowing a Councilmember a "one time continuation" of any item. This type of rule originally began when a Councilmember or a key participate could not make it to the Council meeting. IE In the old days,politicians would try to schedule votes when their opponents would be absent. Maybe this "rule" should now be changed so that the "one time continuation" has to have a real public purpose...

Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

[Removed because it is off topic.]

Posted by annonymous
a resident of Las Positas
on May 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Praise the Lord! We need a grocery store in that area so bad, I don't even care that it's Walmart.

Posted by I always VOTE!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

It's bad enough just reading what M. Sullivan and our illustrious mayor had to say the other evening -- now you know why I have not been attending Council meetings of late. Gives me heartburn and nausea! I think that Matt and Jennifer have sealed their political future as far as Pleasanton VOTERS are concerned; it's obvious they both have other aspirations, but I'll bet they will NOT get the support they want from PLEASANTON VOTERS! This episode is NOT, in any way, a positive reflection on our local political apparatus. Isn't promoting the BENEFITS of Pleasanton part of their job descrip-tion? If not, it should be!!!! Is this what they have done????
Not in my view.....................

Posted by Outraged voter of Pleasanton
a resident of Downtown
on May 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

While I certainly understand the need to fill an empty storefront, Walmart "neighborhood" market is not the answer. When I wrote to the city Coucil regarding my concerns of Walmart opening a market Cheryl Cook Kalio responded with concerns of the secrecy concerning the brand. She stated that the application didn't include the name of the company and that the name Walmart was included on a page within the application which was later removed by the applicant and another page without the name was inserted. Now she and the rest have concerns of litigation. This tells me two things: Walmart is not neighborly material & Ms. Cook Kalio is to up for the job as future mayor. I agree with Matt Sullivan. If Cindy is so pro free enterprise how about putting the market up in Castlewood next to her home and another next to the mayors ome

Posted by Gail
a resident of Birdland
on May 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Time to stop beating a dead horse people. It's a done deal.
Walmart will be opening a Neighborhood Market here and there is nothing more to be done about.
How long are you all gonna dwell on this?

Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm

If Cook Kalio is so concerned about 'secrecy' and the local economy, perhaps she should instead disclose why a secret so-called 'University' suddenly opened up 200 feet away from the old Nob Hill Santa Rita/Stoneridge location that was mysteriously issued with a simple over the counter permit and not a single public meeting.

Maybe she should explain why under her watch, tens of millions of our Federal tax dollars had to be used used to undertake a two year Federal sting operation to undo Pleasanton's local bureaucratic bungling.

Posted by Settled !
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Yes, what is the latest on the phony 'university' scam to bilk the naive.

Posted by Free Choice for Consumer
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm

From what I hear, Matt who is termed out at the end of this year, is seeking to curry favor with his Democratic Party so he can get some kind of government job out of them. It was clear many months ago that he was not going to prevail in this, but he continued anyway--in full knowledge that it was a fruitless delaying effort. So why did he do this? So union-favoring friends in the Democratic Party would return the favor.

I for one enjoy shopping at Walmart for two reasons: The prices are usually the lowest available in retail stores, and they are one of the few remaining major retailers that have avoided promotion of deviant lifestyle choices.

Walmart also led the way with low cost generic prescription medications--for all shoppers, not just their employees.

Like another posting here, I have also noticed the same employees in our local store over a number of years. For some reason they are not rushing to dump their jobs for something else.

Posted by Red-blooded American
a resident of Downtown
on May 17, 2012 at 12:15 am

Walmart was one of the first to discontinue carrying Dixie Chicks and other communist music. It tries to preserve homogenius lifestyle in these great United States.

Posted by Are You Kidding?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2012 at 7:09 am

First, I shop at WalMart and the other grocery stores in town. But for a poster to state, "they are one of the few remaining major retailers that have avoided promotion of deviant lifestyle choices" is silly. I see plenty of wine, beer, corn-syrup sodas, candy, and other junk food. I also assume they sell cigarettes and ammunition, but I've never seen those myself. One person's "deviant" items are not another's.

Posted by Red-blooded American
a resident of Downtown
on May 17, 2012 at 7:20 am

I have friends who work at Walmart, and they continue to work there despite opportunities to go elsewhere because they claim Walmart is the best company in the world and working there is like belonging to the Walmart family. One friend was offered a job teaching astrophysics at Air Force Academy, but he continued on at Walmart as a shelf stocker. Antoher friend was offered a secretarial position in the PUSD with a salary of $210 thousand a year and full benefits after only two years on the job, but she had become too attached to working the graveyard shift at Walmart and the employee discounts she got on Lay's potato chips.

Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on May 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

This just in: WalMart's quarterly income was up 10%, sending their stock up 4% this morning. This has got to just fry the brains of liberals and unionistas.

Posted by Robert
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

Most of the city council members are so self serving. We do not care where you shop for your groceries. We want a local government that welcomes jobs in Pleasanton. Provides goods and/or services at a lower cost. Capitalisim is not a bad word. I applaud WalMart for risking their capital in Marin County south. NIMBY Good Luck Walmart!

Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2012 at 8:57 am

steve, you still think this is all about unions? The gain was predicted by Tuesday's vote. What's the fuss? Anybody against Walmart, is against Pleasanton. You can read it in the Weekly!

Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on May 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Pete, no one is fussing (except Sullivan), I'm just glad I purchased Walmart stock years ago.

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