Jay Allen Sanford 9:45 p.m., May 19
Labor and faith leaders are gearing up local residents for what they say will be San Diego’s largest rally and march against Walmart, calling on the retailer to put forth greater effort into meeting with community stakeholders before opening more outlets within the city.
Particularly at issue is action taken by Walmart last April to destroy a large portion of the historic Farmer’s Market building in Sherman Heights – a much larger portion than residents had anticipated when told the building was getting a facelift before reopening as a Walmart store.
Organizers say they expect over 1,000 attendees to the rally, beginning at 9 a.m. at Golden Hill Community Park before a march to the Farmer’s Market building.
Speakers being touted for the event include mayoral candidate Bob Filner and state Assembly member Ben Hueso, who also spoke at an earlier demonstration criticizing Walmart in the wake of the uproar over the Farmer’s Market demolition.