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Wal-Mart Files Beaverton Application

Tomorrow morning, a story will appear in the Oregonian announcing an important development in our campaign. This afternoon, Wal-Mart filed a development application with the City of Beaverton to build their store in Cedar Mill.

This application cites that their store will generate 7,400 new automobile trips to the Barnes Road/Cedar Mill property. That's 3,400 trips into their parking lot and 3,400 trips out. Imagine that on top of the massive construction taking place in our neighborhood. Imagine that during rush hour. Imagine that on a weekend during the holiday season. This is the vision Wal-Mart has for our community because, as some have claimed, Oregonians need more shopping choices.
Tomorrow morning, a story will appear in the Oregonian announcing an important development in our campaign. This afternoon, Wal-Mart filed a development application with the City of Beaverton to build their store in Cedar Mill.



This application cites that their store will generate 7,400 new automobile trips to the Barnes Road/Cedar Mill property. That's 3,400 trips into their parking lot and 3,400 trips out. Imagine that on top of the massive construction taking place in our neighborhood. Imagine that during rush hour. Imagine that on a weekend during the holiday season. This is the vision Wal-Mart has for our community because, as some have claimed, Oregonians need more shopping choices.



Friends, this is what we have been preparing ourselves to face since the early days in March when Wal-Mart held its neighborhood meeting and turned a deaf ear to our concerns. This is why we've advocated so loudly for Sen. Ringo's amendment to HB 3310. This is why I've peppered you with emails these past few months and asked you for financial support. The moment has arrived. The time for action is finally at hand.



What happens now? The City of Beaverton has thirty days to determine if the application is complete. Once it deems it so, the City has 120 days to act on the application. During that time, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the application. We will let you know when and how to make these comments.



Until this moment, our professional team has been doing some light background work. With the submission of the application, we anticipate our professional fees to rise dramatically. If you have considered donating to our organization but have not yet done so, it is more important than ever to help us. The key to success lies in our land use attorney and traffic engineer's ability to navigate the complexities that lie ahead. Your financial generosity will provide us with the funds we need to keep these experts on our team.



How can you help? As many of you know, we staff a table each Saturday from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Bales Thriftway on NW Cornell Road. There, we sell lawns signs, t-shirts, bumper stickers, and buttons to raise money for our cause. We'll be there this Saturday. The following Saturday, July 9, we will be there all day—from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. This extended session will give you an opportunity to stop by and make a donation. It's a great time to buy a lawn sign and have them spring up all across the area. Purchase a bumper sticker so motorists behind you start thinking about the issue. Buy a t-shirt or a button to show your support. Or simply stop by and make a donation. Most important, you'll be making a much-needed contribution to the Save Cedar Mill organization and helping us to fight this development.



There's one more way you can show support. If you live in the CPO 1 area (unincorporated Washington County east of 143rd), we need you at their next meeting on Tuesday, July 5, 2005, 7:00 PM, St. Vincent Medical Center, Souther Auditorium Classroom. There, CPO 1 will vote on a resolution to be presented to the City of Beaverton that closely matches the language in Sen. Ringo's amendment to HB 3310. We need a large presence at the meeting to insure that the resolution passes easily and the City knows that those who do not yet have voting rights in Beaverton will nonetheless have a strong, active voice in the future of their neighborhood.



In summary, there are two things you can do to help our cause:



· Stop by Bales on Saturday July 2 or Saturday July 9 (extended hours) and make a donation

· Attend the CPO 1 meeting on Tuesday July 5 and vote for the resolution



At the Raise Your Voice event in May, I told you that once the development application was submitted, this organization and its mission would shift gears and a whole new level of seriousness and urgency would permeate every action we take. That process begins tonight with this email. You've done an amazing job supporting the work we've done so far. Now, it's time to put our hard work into action. With your help, we will do our very best to stop Wal-Mart from coming to our community.



Best regards,

Steve Kaufman, Chair

Save Cedar Mill



P.O. Box 545

Beaverton, OR 97075



For more information, visit out website at www.SaveCedarMill.com

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