Save Altadena is a movement of and by its citizens promoting a sustainable, healthy, local economy for the town of Altadena, California by encouraging small locally owned shops and businesses and regional chains, while discouraging national and multinational chains. It's not only that we find the concept of multinational chains displeasing, its that they drive down national wages by exporting production off-shore; drive down local wages through low wage, no benefit jobs; lower local tax bases through low wages and poorly made low price goods; and are more polluting due to longer multinational supply chains. They are destructive of community worldwide and democracy locally.
Our Story So Far:
A Timeline of Wal-Mart and Altadena
In late 2008, Altadena citizen Camille Dudley advised several members of the Altadena community that Mr. Gabey was attempting to get regional planning approval for a drive-through, 30,000 square foot pharmacy at Lake and Calaveras. Three years pass before Altadena citizen Ron Mathews observes construction at Lincoln and Figueroa. When he questions the workers, they reveal that a Wal-Mart will be built on the site. See timeline >
Petition Signatures Continue!
As of October 7, we have collected 1,722 signatures, which is more than half way to our goal of 2,500 signatures by October 31. You can help by gathering signatures wherever you go.
Will the Small Town of Altadena, CA Become "Waltadena?" Watch this video of "Waltadena," written and performed by Duane Thorin of Altadena
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It was discovered by the townspeople of Altadena, by chatting with construction workers, that TWO Walmart stores are being planned and constructed in their little unincorporated town. It was the first anyone had heard of it...