The Examiner’s Mary Katherine Ham notes that a new law instituting a one-year moratorium on new fast food restaurants in South L.A. was sponsored by a city councilwoman who has fought like hell to keep low-cost produce out of those same neighborhoods:
Yet now the council requires giant retailers to survive an “economic impact report” before being allowed to operate in even the most blighted of neighborhoods.
In 2004, she backed an ordinance to keep one of America’s lowest-priced grocers (Wal-Mart) out of the area, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.
By attempting to ban Wal-Mart, Perry was not only depriving her district of that store’s low prices, but also of the ripple effect Wal-Mart can have on area groceries. According to economic analysts, the price of groceries drops an average of 10-15 percent in markets Wal-Mart enters.