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Gresham First: Wal-Mart decision & volunteer meeting THIS WEEK!

After over two years of debate, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals is expected to rule Thursday, March 22 on the Wal-Mart Supercenter proposed for southwest Gresham. Opponents will meet Thursday night at 7pm to discuss the decision and next steps.

Wal-Mart's proposal to build a Super-Center in southwest Gresham was denied by a Hearings Officer November 2006, and that decision was appealed to the Oregon State Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). The LUBA ruling is due March 22, 2007.

Possible Outcomes

LUBA will likely affirm or remand the Hearing Officer's decision to deny Wal-Mart's application.

? What does a LUBA affirmation mean?

When LUBA affirms a decision of a Hearings Officer, the board concludes that the hearing officer made the correct decision. In the Gresham case, this would mean that Wal-Mart is denied again. Wal-Mart may appeal the LUBA decision to the Oregon Court of Appeals, and must file within 21 days.

? What does a LUBA remand mean?

The decision is returned to the City of Gresham. In our case, the Hearings Officer would be required to reconsider his decision.

Volunteer Meeting

Our next volunteer meeting will be held Thursday, March 22 at 7:00pm - Portland Adventist Elementary Library.

This session will serve as our annual meeting, and will include a discussion of next steps (depending on the outcome of Thursday's decision), fundraising, election of new officers, and how to expand our involvement in other city-wide development concerns. We encourage everyone to bring a friend or neighbor, and please come with ideas - your participation is important!

What else can you do?

Show your support around town: "GF" bumper stickers will be available at Jazzy Bagels in Historic Downtown Gresham.

Contribute: Donations to our campaign ensure that we have the best legal and technical representation. We now have a secure link on our website www.greshamfirst.org for credit or debit card donations. Our group has incorporated in the State of Oregon as a public interest non-profit. Please make checks payable to "Gresham First" and mail to: 4233 SE 182nd #317, Gresham, Oregon 97030.

Many thanks are due to members of the community who have contributed time, energy and hard-earned money to this campaign.
Teamwork has been a critical part of our success.

homepage: homepage: http://www.greshamfirst.org

Gresham Wal-Mart decision delayed -- NOW DUE APRIL 5 23.Mar.2007 14:21

Michael Price

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals has requested an additional two weeks to review this important decision. We have been advised that this is a standard request, and not cause for concern. We have great confidence that the board recognizes that our entire community is at stake, and their decision will have a significant impact on our daily lives.

The board may not use the entire two weeks, so please stay tuned for the pending decision. Our next message could be a celebration invitation!

Don't work at Walmart 24.Mar.2007 12:36

Annon 1

If there were no silly greeters, underpaid cashiers willing to work for nothing, there would be no Walmart. Let's attack this from all sides. I would rather just go sign up for my Oregon Trail card than work 12 hours a day (off the clock), and still have to go sign up for a Oregon Trail card and medicaid. Walmart is a pimple on society, don't be a part of it.