VOTERS SHUT DOWN WAL-MART PLOY
by Joe Shea
American Reporter Correspondent
BRADENTON, Fla., April 7, 2004 -- With about 15 percent of the vote counted in Inglewood, Calif., voters there have overwhelmingly rejected the construction of a Wal-Mart at a site near the Hollywood Park racetrack and the Forum.
With all of the city's 29 precincts counted, the measure failed by about 60 percent to 40 percent, with 11,500 voters casting ballots. The vote was 7,000 to 4,500.
Wal-Mart spent more than $1,000,000 to put a measure on the April 6 ballot that would have allowed the company to evade local zoning. They were opposed by city officials and a broad coalition of unions and activists, including Rev. Jesse Jackson.
The company outspent opponents by 10-1, news organizations reported. The world's largest company, Wal-Mart has sales of $250 billion a year and employs some 1.3 million workers.