Will PV find love at a Wal-Mart store?
It's official. The people of Prescott Valley are going to spend about $7,000 to vote on the rezoning of land to make way for a Wal-Mart.
Signature gatherers for the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 99 turned in a 120-page sheaf of papers containing 1,734 signatures and addresses on petitions favoring a referendum.
One can argue about the methods union petition signers used in gaining the requisite 518 signatures and then some (and some are), but the point is the referendum sponsors have the signatures and the right to referendum is one of the most inviolate rights of a free people.
To be sure, more than a few Prescott Valley residents don't want the Wal-Mart near their homes or just don't like big box stores. But if that were the main driver of this effort, why didn't anyone show up at the hearing on putting in two more big-box stores, one on either side of the proposed Wal-Mart site?
It's really about the union not liking Wal-Mart's labor practices.
Smart money says the people of Prescott Valley who go to the polls in March 2007 will say they like Wal-Mart just fine. Time will tell.