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Wally Wulfeck, chair of the Scripps Ranch Planning Group, contends, “When any large retail center goes in, crime and traffic go up.”

The project’s opponents say that online polls and petitions show “Eighty percent of the community is opposed.” However, Wulfeck acknowledges that, given selection bias, claims that most Ranchers are against the project are impossible to verify. But Wulfeck doesn’t waffle on Walmart: “It’s a lightning rod.”

Marshall, who summarily discounts the notion that additional retailers might benefit locals, waxes poetic. “The very reason we all come home to Scripps Ranch is we go through canyons, trees, little libraries, things like that. We all go to Walmart; we’re just anti-Walmart in Scripps Ranch. I wouldn’t want to come home and have to drive by the Walmart; it’s inconsistent with the community that’s filled with lakes and trees and homes and kids and Pop Warner. We think it’s a great project — across the freeway.”

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MiraMesaResident March 19, 2014 @ 1:33 p.m.

“Statistics show that when any large retail center goes in, crime and traffic go up; that’s not in accord with the community’s wishes.”

So it's OK for crime to go up in Mira Mesa, but it's not OK for them to increase in Scripps Ranch?

What a bunch of hypocrites with their NIMBYism! The SOS Chairwoman admits to shopping at Walmart but doesn't want it in her community because it would diminish her quality of life but suggests that it's OK for Walmart to open up in Mira Mesa.

Well, I have two words for her, "Screw You!"

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Matt101 March 26, 2014 @ 3:41 p.m.

Actually, it sounds like you agree with Ms. Marshall. You live in Mira Mesa and you don't want Walmart in your neighborhood, just like she doesn't want Walmart in her neighborhood.

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radcat222 March 20, 2014 @ 2:54 p.m.

While I don't live in Scripp's Ranch I do work there and I would hate to see a big-box store such as WALMART go in at that location. It would make a total mess of traffic and the freeway on/off ramps were not designed to handle that kind of load. A big-box retailer is not good for the area.

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Visduh March 21, 2014 @ 7:33 a.m.

But having no activity in the area for the past 15 years is better? Scripps Ranch residents should wonder why space in that prime location goes unused after that long, through good times and bad. Could it be the business climate in San Diego, and their "welcoming" attitude?

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