Alger Defeats Wal-Mart
You may remember we covered this issue in July of last year when Northridge Neighborhood Council Leader Jim Alger and his troops went to battle against construction of the new big box store. This eventually led to a battle between Alger and City Councilman Greig Smith over Smith's support of the project. It was reported that Smith had asked Wal-Mart for a donation of $166,000 to a voluntary fund, which Alger characterized as "another form of pay to play." Smith then threatened to sue Alger and Neighborhood Council Vice President Sherry Ramstead after Ramstead drew a comparison to the donation and a bribe
"The Neighborhood Council demanded an EIR when the Councilman was willing to accept a mitigation fund" said Sherry Ramstead Vice President of the Northridge West Neighborhood Council, "we filed a 50 page response, hired an attorney and forced the hands of the political structure when noone thought we could."
“The council office consistently told the community that this project was a ‘done deal’” said Alger today, “I always knew the will of the people could prevail.” We have stopped the first ‘by-right’ Wal Mart in the United States” Alger concluded.