Like it or not, he money-under-the-table deals in Mexico and other countries, which, by the way, are accusations, not facts, are the norm in Mexico and many other countries, not only for Walmart but for many business ventures. The key here is "other countries." It is a poor excuse for postponing a vote on a grocery store in Pleasanton that would open at the vacated Nob Hill supermarket site that is already zoned for that type of business. Walmart's store is a perfect fit for that location, will provide a needed service for residents in that neighborhood and, yes, will provide jobs.
In maligning the Pleasanton and questioning the integrity of others on the council whose political campaigns might have been "tainted" by Walmart money, it seems that Sullivan doth protest too much. Could the unions that were well-represented at the meeting Monday have their own treasure chest of funds to reward those whose dissenting votes and procedural obstructions try to discourage Walmart from opening a Pleasanton grocery?
Our hats off to the other council members who saw through this ruse of requesting an investigation and not allowing the idea to even get to a vote. It's a shame that the final vote was delayed; the positives for the residents and the community as a whole far outweigh the small group of self-interested individuals, and one Councilmember.