Redlands Limits on Big Box Stores, Measure O (June 2010)
Measure O was placed on the ballot through the collection of signatures by a group of citizens who objected to plans by Wal-Mart to build a super-center in Redlands.
- These final, certified results are from the San Bernardino County elections office.
Steven Frasher, a commissioner on the City of Redlands Business and Economic Development Advisory Commission, said:
- "Even with a big retailer, tax revenues support our squeezed municipal public services. To turn a proposed retailer away from our city limits, whether a few blocks away to an unincorporated area, or to another city entirely, either lessens or loses the needed tax revenues from local sales, yet the competitive "threat" to other businesses remains in our general marketplace.
- "Redlands needs to be open for business and welcome businesses where a buying public freely wishes to shop. We do not protect our way of life by erecting barriers and crippling our sales tax base."
The editorial board of the Press-Enterprise urged the paper's readers to vote "no," saying, "There is much to dislike about the company's predatory business practices and hard-nosed treatment of local government. But a city facing chronic budget shortfalls cannot responsibly close off a potential revenue source."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE O: Shall the Initiative Ordinance of the People of Redlands Adding Chapter 18.275 to the Redlands Municipal Code to prohibit the Approval of “Mega-Retail Development” be adopted?|
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- Redlands Daily Facts, "Measure O impacts jobs at big stores in Redlands," April 18, 2010
- Redlands Daily Facts, "Our readers say: "Measure O sends wrong message"," May 21, 2010
- Press Enterprise, "The P-E endorses," June 6, 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.