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Sacramento City Hall Mayor Johnson, City Council, and City Manager Shirey 915 ‘I’ Street, 5th Floor Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Sacramento Mayor Johnson, City Council, and City Manager Shirey, Sacramento residents are proud that our City has chosen to protect and support our living-wage paying local grocers and retailers with our Big-Box Ordinance. If big-box stores like Walmart are allowed to come to Sacramento, it will change the character of our city forever, and as a resident of the City of Sacramento, I am writing to urge you preserve the City’s Big-Box ordinance in it’s entirety and to outright reject compromises, changes or elimination of the ordinance. The primary mission of our city government should be to protect our city and our way of life. You should encourage good economic development, which is sustainable, diverse, pedestrian and environmentally friendly. We want our city to be a prosperous and successful town where we can raise our children in an environment without unmanageable traffic, noise, and LA style urbanization. Super-centers are bad economic development that I believe would irretrievably harm our city's character forever. The argument that the city will receive increased tax revenues from big-box stores is a fallacy. When the City Council voted in 2006 to enact this ordinance, they did it because of the evident negative impact big-box superstores have on similar local economies. Academic study after academic study proves it to be true: Walmart superstores do not increase tax revenues in communities. They suck the life and the profits out of other local businesses. I know this, and you should too. It is a good ordinance, and it should be left alone. Hundreds of cities around the country have struggled to keep the character of their towns intact and “Walmart-free”, and I agree. Super-centers are a poor fit for the Sacramento community and I feel that the brand of such stores will lower property values, overwhelm our neighborhoods with traffic and the threaten the viability of the downtown and our neighborhood business districts. Sacramentans deserve better. We want to preserve the safe and small-business friendly community that we love, and keeping the Big-Box Ordinance intact will benefit our small businesses rather than eliminate them. We all strive for economic development that works for and with our community, that maintains and enhances property values, and provides sensible, sustainable and safe development that best fits the needs of our residents, and encouraging big-box super-centers absolutely do NOT. Sincerely,
X____________________________________________ Sacramento Resident ____________________________________Sacramento, CA __________