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Michael Brown Didn’t *Exactly* Call for Walmart Hearings

Uncommitted.

Yesterday, the New York City council held its second hearing on Walmart's attempt to locate a store in Brooklyn. The D.C. Council has been decidedly less forceful, but at ANC 4B's January meeting, anti-Walmart advocates thought they had at least gotten Councilmember Michael Brown's commitment to get Walmart proponents and opponents heard in some official capacity at the Wilson Building. Yesterday, Brown clarified via Twitter that he had never committed to holding hearings on Walmart, but would continue to attend community meetings on the subject.

Technically, he didn't, though he came close. Here's what happened. Commissioner Sara Green asked the Councilmember if he would support a resolution calling for hearings to be held. "Absolutely," he responded without hesitation.

Later, Brown cautioned–as has become the councilmember's mantra–that the Council couldn't force Walmart to do anything via legislation. But hearings? "That is something the council could absolutely have," he said. "All those things could come out in a public hearing....the public hearing thing, there is no reason we could not do that."

Which, of course, isn't a commitment that he would do so.

Comments

  1. #1

    cough*WEASEL*cough

  2. #2

    Sara Green needs to mind her own business and shut-up!

  3. #3

    Hurray for calling out Michael Brown on his indecision to actually facilitate the need for Chocolate City residents to express themselves on having this Predator in town.

    Head-Roc’s Mouth: “Keep D.C. Walmart Free!”
    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2011/02/17/head-rocs-mouth-keep-d-c-walmart-free/

    Minding my own business and running my Mouth!

    Head-Roc

  4. #4

    Just curious, as a Commissioner on the ANC in which Wal-Mart plans on opening a store, how is Sara Green not minding her business?

  5. #5

    I'm a supportive of Walmart coming into DC, but I hate it when politicians don't have the balls to be straight up about their position. Take a fucking stand dude. If you don't think Walmart is a bad fit for DC, say so. At least people could respect you for it. Douche.

  6. #6

    'James' Sara Green is a stooge for UFCW Local 400, that's why!

  7. #7

    @Rickmagnus -- doesn't matter; as a commissioner in 4B where Wal-Mart has proposed to build a store it is actually her sworn duty to make it her business. It is even more of her business when she will vote on a measure within that body on whether to support the Wal-Mart coming into 4B or not.

  8. #8

    'w4politics', she is comming into this matter with a bias and union talking points, she's a union stooge!

  9. #9

    Correction: coming, not comming.

  10. #10

    'Head-Roc', "Chocolate City" not only are you a racist dumb ass, but a union stooge dumb ass as well!

  11. #11

    Why is Walmart so afraid of scrutiny? If they have nothing to hide and politicians are trying to do what's best for DC, why not have a public debate?

    http://walmartwatch.org/blog/archives/in-san-diego-and-new-york-city-why-is-walmart-so-afraid-of-scrutiny/

  12. #12

    'Concerned about WMT', another union stooge!

  13. #13

    If Walmart isn't seeking any zoning changes or tax abatements in Ward 4, it doesn't matter what the ANC fascists want, they don't have a say in the matter. They can go back to their crusade against pawnshops.

  14. #14

    'Sally', and liquor stores and check cashing stores!

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