SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Yesterday’s passage by the California Senate of Senate Bill 469 was praised by the president of the union that represents supermarket workers in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
“When it becomes law, SB 469, the Small and Neighborhood Business Protection Act, will empower California communities where the public’s quality of life is threatened by the uncontrolled spread of ‘big box’ retail stores,” said Mickey Kasparian, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135.
SB 469 requires developers of supercenters to submit their projects to an independent analysis to determine their potential effects on existing businesses, jobs, wages and tax revenues. It was introduced into the California Legislature’s upper house by Sen. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) after San Diego’s City Council, succumbing to opposition by Walmart Stores Inc., repealed a local ordinance with similar provisions.
“Along with our allies in the community, UFCW Local 135 has fought to defend the economic and social welfare of our cities and neighborhoods for more than a decade,” Kasparian said.
“Too often, we have seen mammoth corporations move into communities, destroying long-established local businesses, driving down wages and turning their surrounding areas into blighted colonies dominated by outside interests.
“We thank Sen. Vargas for introducing this bill as well as Sen. Christine Kehoe for her support,” said Kasparian, who also serves as president of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
“We look forward to its passage by the California Assembly.”
UFCW Local 135 represents 14,000 men and women who work in the region’s supermarkets, food-processing plants, restaurants, offices and medical facilities.