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


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.

  • Skipper


  • Rick Mangus

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

  • http://www.head-roc.com Head-Roc

    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!”

    Minding my own business and running my Mouth!


  • James

    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?

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    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.

  • Rick Mangus

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

  • w4politics

    @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.

  • Rick Mangus

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

  • Rick Mangus

    Correction: coming, not comming.

  • Rick Mangus

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

  • http://www.respectdc.org Concerned about WMT

    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?


  • Rick Mangus

    'Concerned about WMT', another union stooge!

  • Sally

    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.

  • Rick Mangus

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