February 10, 2000
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Tired of opponents hogging the spotlight, those who favor a Wal-Mart here came out in force at Monday's City Council meeting. Until now, a few detractors have dominated the debate about whether the retailer should open a store on Talbert Avenue by Beach Boulevard, said Jackie Fantuzo, president of the PTA at Harbour View Elementary School. "A small group of people have held the City Council almost as hostages," she said.
July 13, 2000
Kenneth Ma HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Wal-Mart has hit a road block with neighborhood residents in its attempt to construct a common wall to separate the construction site of its future retail store from nearby homes. As one of the nearly 175 conditions placed on Wal-Mart in its quest to build a 135,000-square-foot megastore, the retail giant is required to erect an 8-foot-high perimeter wall to protect nearby homes from noise and light during construction.
January 24, 2002
Heated debate over the controversial Wal-Mart continues in Huntington Beach after a missing railing kept the store from opening on Wednesday as scheduled. City officials did not issue a permit of occupancy to the store because the retailer failed to install a metal railing at nearby Lambert Park thus ensuring that all building codes were met. Wal--Mart Vice President Bob McAdam's request of the City Council Tuesday night for a bond continuance, or permit with a guarantee of work to follow, was met by several residents vehement counter request that no permit be issued until all terms are met. City officials did not bend, saying that when the terms of the agreement were met the certificate of occupancy for the 135,000-square-foot store located on a 14-acre site on Talbert Avenue in Huntington Beach would be issued.
January 20, 2000
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- If money talks, then Wal-Mart will be heard loud and clear in the campaign leading to a vote on a ballot initiative that may scuttle the retailer's plans to open a store. A local campaign committee friendly to Wal-Mart has collected about $112,000 so far, with the retailer contributing about $111,000, according to public financial statements filed Jan. 11. "It's an outrageous sum of money," said Connie Boardman, a member of Save Crest View, an opposing committee whose members helped sponsor the initiative.
December 30, 1999
Wal-Mart's future depends largely on voters who will decide in March whether to rezone the property where the retailer plans to build its controversial 150,000-square-foot mega-store. Residents who dreaded the thought of a "big box" moving into the neighborhood gathered enough signatures to qualify for a ballot initiative, known as Measure I. Before the vote, people will have the opportunity to watch a televised debate aired on HBTV-3. The ratings may not be high because there was no shortage of arguing throughout the year over the advantages and disadvantages of the project, planned for the closed Crest View school site on Talbert Avenue by Beach Boulevard.
January 27, 2000
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- The only thing the opponents in the Wal-Mart controversy seem to agree on is that they disagree -- something they did a lot of last week during a debate that is airing now on HBTV-3. Hearing each side tell "facts" that were later contradicted by the other didn't clarify any of the thorny issues residents will have to sort through before they vote on a March ballot initiative meant to block the retailer's plan for a store on Talbert Avenue by Beach Boulevard.
September 2, 1999
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Complaining about "misinformation" at an earlier hearing, the City Council voted 4-2 Monday to consider adding conditions before allowing Wal-Mart to demolish an unused school to build a store. A public hearing is set for Sept. 20 to make sure the retailer's plan to tear down buildings containing asbestos at the Crest View school site on Talbert Avenue doesn't endanger the health of nearby residents, City Councilwoman Shirley Dettloff said.
October 7, 1999
Eron Ben-Yehuda A report detailing Wal-Mart's financial impact on the community, unveiled at Monday's City Council meeting, didn't change anybody's position on the controversial project. The council requested the report as a precursor to a March election in which voters will decide whether to rezone the property on Talbert Avenue at Beach Boulevard, where Wal-Mart plans to build a 150,000-square-foot retail complex. If a majority of voters accept rezoning the 13-acre site from commercial back to residential, then Wal-Mart will probably not be able to build on the old Crest View school campus.
August 3, 2011
Wal-Mart awarded a $100,000 grant Tuesday to the Bolsa Chica Land Trust for restoration work. The grant, given through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will help reduce nonnative grasses and increase Southern tarplant and other native species on the 118-acre Bolsa Chica mesa. Wal-Mart announced the grant at a press conference at 10 a.m. at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve on Pacific Coast Highway between Warner Avenue and Seapoint Street. Kim Kolpin, the land trust's restoration coordinator, said her group had gotten funding in the past from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, but never through Wal-Mart.
September 23, 1999
Ron Davis I just can't wait for Wal-Mart to get into town. It looks like they'll probably have a sale on hoses once they finally get settled in. In fact, as a special gift to those of you who signed the petition attempting to force the Wal-Mart issue to a special election, the Wal-Mart proponents on the City Council have just delivered a special hose to the Crest View folks. Here's how this special Wal-Mart hose works. Under the law, the anti-Wal-Mart foes, or even fools like me who aren't anti-Wal-Mart, but have real reservations about plopping the big box in Crest View's backyard, signed the petitions with the expectation that a special election would be called on the subject -- an election where the only issue on the ballot is the petition issue -- in other words, Wal-Mart, yea or nay. But four members from the garden department of the City Council, who just happen to be the same four members who are determined to shove the Wal-Mart down the throats of the Crest View residents, have made the special election, really, really special.