The "Defenders" of Small Town Chelan have clearly failed in their attempt to stop Wal-Mart there. However, they still have one card left to play. The "Defenders" have requested a writ of mandamus asking that the court to revoke Wal-Mart's ceritificate of occupancy and close the store until the zoning issue is resolved.
UNLESS that is of course, Wal-Mart forks over $5 million to a "Chelan Valley Planned Development Authority," which, of course, would be created and run by the "Defenders." They also want Wal-Mart to reimburse their legal expenses, up to $50,000 and the city of Chelan to surrender 10% of Wal-Mart's sales tax revenues for the next ten years .
I'm not making this up. Click on the links. You need to read it.
"Defenders?" "Heroes?" My God, they are nothing worse than filthy, lying, scumbag extortionists. I hope Wal-Mart and the City of Chelan flatly tell them to go stick their "settlement" where the Sun don't shine. If this doesn't reveal what the true agenda behind the anti-Wal-Mart movement is, nothing will. It's the old protection racket. Barenjager nailed it on the head when he said they groups like that should be prosecuted under the RICO Act.
Don't think it can't happen here. I have rumors from several sources of a possible PARD "settlement."
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