My name is Bill Ferguson. I’ve lived in Milpitas’ Sunnyhills Neighborhood for 11 years.
The Wal-Mart Expansion is bad for Milpitas.
A Wal-Mart Supercenter drains shoppers away from neighborhood grocery stores. This has been shown time and time again in other cities where Wal-Mart has been allowed to do as they like.
Imagine, if the nearby Save-Mart closes. There will be a ripple effect. Other stores in that shopping center will suffer and may close. Now, what if this also happens to other near-by shopping centers? Abandoned centers leave holes in the center of our town. They encourage neglect and invite crime. This is bad for us all.
Also, Wal-Mart says the expansion will create jobs. They don’t mention the decent jobs that will be lost. And, they don’t tell you Wal-Mart jobs are low paying, part time, and without benefits. Replacing decent jobs with Wal-Mart jobs is not good for Milpitas.
We can protect our town and our local businesses. We can say no to Wal-Mart.