SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Local organized labor groups have scheduled a rally and march in San Diego for Saturday to demand that Wal-Mart meet with community organizations before opening up new stores.
The march is due to go from Golden Hill Park to the site of a forthcoming Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in the old Farmers Market Building in Sherman Heights.
Wal-Mart opponents, including union leaders, went to court but failed to stop the company from altering the historic structure.
"We've seen how this company mistreats its employees and how it bulldozes over residents in a community," said Genoveva Aguilar of Casa de Vecinos Organizados. "We don't need Wal-Mart to come into our city, bringing poor paying jobs and destroying our cultural history."
Organizers are hoping to turn out 1,000 marchers, including store employees.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Rachel Wall said that, by comparison, more than 120,000 customers will visit the company's stores around San Diego County on Saturday.
"The majority of residents know we're not only trying to provide communities with new options for jobs and affordable groceries, but we're also making a positive economic contribution by generating much-needed tax revenue, working with local suppliers and supporting non-profits," Wall said.
She said components of the Farmers Market building that make it historic will be restored when the store opens next spring. The structure needed a major overhaul for safety purposes, she said.
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The city of Chula Vista is honoring the lives of fallen members of the military and is dedicating seven new streets named for those killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
San Diego's crime rate in the first four months of this year was the lowest since at least 1990, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said Friday.
A 14-year-old Steele Canyon High School student was arrested for allegedly sending a threatening message to another student at the Spring Valley-area campus via Snapchat.
Emergency crews executed a water rescue early Friday morning, after a car landed upside down in a San Ysidro pond.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A man who was drunk when he drove off in an ambulance from Scripps Mercy Hospital with two patients inside was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison.
Police in San Diego's Tierrasanta neighborhood were on the lookout Thursday for a man suspected of following a 12-year-old girl even after she confronted him and told him to stop.