Stop Wal-mart from moving into Los Angeles Chinatown
  • Petitioned Councilmember Ed Reyes

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Councilmember Ed Reyes

Stop Wal-mart from moving into Los Angeles Chinatown

    1. Petition by

      No Walmart In Chinatown

I want to make sure that Chinatown’s character and history are preserved for many generations. Chinatown is home to at least three grocery stores, over a dozen smaller markets, 12 bakeries, four pharmacies, churches and temples, and thousands of residents. For over a century, immigrants from across the world have called Chinatown home and found a sense of community in this culturally and historically rich neighborhood.

Chinatown was displaced in the early 1900’s. Yet, it survived because community members had a strong vision of what they wanted for Chinatown.

I am concerned that Wal‐Mart will do more harm than good in our community. While Wal‐Mart claims they help local businesses and create jobs, many communities have seen the opposite. Wal‐Mart often competes with smaller businesses and draws customers from the existing stores. Wal‐Mart, despite being an extremely wealth company, does not share that wealth with its workers. I have a vision for Chinatown and it does not include a Wal‐Mart.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. We're collected 951 out of 1000 signatures. We're almost there.

      No Walmart In Chinatown
      Petition Organizer

      We thank you for signing the petition. This is one of ways you can support us.

      There's a lot that has happened within the last week. For many of us working on this campaign, it's been a rollercoaster ride.

      We feel like Wal-Mart is bulldozing their way into Chinatown. They got permits issued a day before the City Council passed a motion for the Interim Control Ordinance to help study the economic & environmental impact of a business that is 20 times the size of most businesses in Chinatown. We were surprised.

      We truly thank Councilmember Ed Reyes for his courage to stand up for the Chinatown community.

      As of yesterday, we filed an appeal against the building permits granted to Wal-Mart tobuild in Los Angeles Chinatown. We will see how this plays out.

      We ask for your continual support. Please follow us for updates and if you'll like to get more involved, please contact us.

      Twitter: @NoWalmartinCT

    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Samantha Lee LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is ridiculous. Leave Chinatown alone.

    • Simon Glickman SUNLAND, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Big-box stores dilute the character of historic neighborhoods. That's bad for the city as a whole. Thanks for your attention to this issue.

    • Irene Li LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up in Chinatown. The countless mom and pop shops run the neighborhood. The presence of Wal-Mart will jeopardize these small businesses.

    • Tim Rosenstein SHERMAN OAKS, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Walmart depresses wages wherever it moves and drives out local business, but more than that it's just not needed. Los Angeles would do better concentrating on local entrepreneurship or local expansion rather than helping walmart grow.

    • John Swartz LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      A Walmart opening in downtown Los Angeles would have major negative impacts to the culture and vibrance of Chinatown and all of downtown. This would effectively push out smaller and unique businesses in all of downtown. Walmart goes against the entire idea of the revitalization of downtown. We are trying to create a real sense of unique, urban fabric that is unlike anywhere else. A Walmart would counteract this completely.

      But, more importantly, it would have grave negative economic impacts on downtown. Money made by Walmart is not spent back into the community, like it is with smaller businesses. Money made by Walmart is spent back in their headquarters and overseas. Therefore, if a Walmart is put in downtown, we will be throwing money away, instead of bringing money in.

      In addition, Walmart's business practices are completely immoral and impractical for Los Angeles and, therefore, the store would not generate quality jobs for citizens.



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