Thirty people attended a free showing of the anti-Walmart film, “The High Cost of Low Price,” at 10:30 a.m. Sat., Jan. 29 at the Hitching Post Theater.
“I'm very proud of the people who came down here today to see the film,” said Walmart opponent Shannon Turner, who had been circulating petitions. “They want to educate themselves. Awareness is our tool.”
Turner was giving out buttons that read, “Tehachapi First: No Walmart.”
Opponents of Walmart and advocates of the public's right to vote on the issue arranged the free showing to generate momentum for a good turnout at the Tehachapi Planning Commission hearing on the Walmart permit scheduled for Mon., Jan. 31 at the Tehachapi High School gymnasium.
“We're not for or against Walmart,” said film sponsor Ray Bilger of Citizens for Responsible Development. “We the people have the right to vote, not a group of five unelected city officials, to determine our future.”
Bilger said that people within the ZIP code 93561 should be able to vote on the issue and the process leading up to it.
He said opponents have stopped Walmarts in many cities, including Oakland and Rosemead.
The Jan. 31 Planning Commission hearing was scheduled after the BeeKay theatre venue for a Jan. 10 hearing provedtoo small to accommodate all those who wanted to speak.
The commission will vote on whether the project meets California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements and will vote to approve or reject Walmart’s architecture and site plans.
A positive vote on both items will give the project the green light, as the Tehachapi City Council does not have to vote on it.
The hearing Jan. 31 at the Tehachapi High School gymnasium, 801 S. Dennison, begins at 6 p.m.
For information, call the city, 661-822-2200.