Retail project gives Pacoima hope for recovery

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For more than a decade, the pile of rubble off Paxton Street has been an ugly reminder of Pacoima's troubles.
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jack offen

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#21
Jul 28, 2008
 
what makes you think people do not have pride about themselves? it will look like any other shopping area. the plant is directly down the street where the FIRST federal injunction against a known gang was implemented over a decade ago. and it is a great place to shop. people have respect for themselves when given an equal chance like. people of power dictate if people in "ghettos" get that chance unfortunately the attitude is people will mess it up bullshiit.
Bureaucratic Mess

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#22
Jul 28, 2008
 
jack offen wrote:
what makes you think people do not have pride about themselves? it will look like any other shopping area. the plant is directly down the street where the FIRST federal injunction against a known gang was implemented over a decade ago. and it is a great place to shop. people have respect for themselves when given an equal chance like. people of power dictate if people in "ghettos" get that chance unfortunately the attitude is people will mess it up bullshiit.
Get over yourself and your "I'm a victim" mentality. That BS went out with the 70s. Now it's just boring.
Karen Estudillo

Cypress, CA

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#23
Jul 28, 2008
 
Re: "Retail project gives Pacoima hope for recovery"

It's so great that Pacoima Plaza is finally going to happen. Congratulations! I look forward to spending my money there instead of traveling to Santa Clarita, Burbank, Northridge or Glendale just to buy gas or shop for items Costco, Best Buy or Lowe's carries.(I loathe Home Depot and will never darken Sam's Club's door.)
I have lived in Sylmar for six years and the gas I burn in order to shop anywhere else but Sylmar will surely be saved.
Sylmar appears more like a ghetto everyday and I'm getting literally sick of it. Graffiti, abandoned shopping carts, huge potholes and junk furniture litter this neighborhood daily. It's much worse than six years ago.
I do see that many people here don't take pride in their community. Maybe retailers assume we're all poor gutter snipe.
Mr. Alarcon, I guess represents Sylmar as well as Pacoima. I'd never know it but for the shabby little office on Hubbard St. Someone who is on the city payroll might want to consider a project to clean up Sylmar. It's what we pay our taxes for and so far Sylmar just looks like an abandoned bastard child of Los Angeles.
Sometimes we enjoy other types of cuisines besides tacos and fast food. There is not one elegant restaurant in Sylmar so for special occasions we must travel outside of our zip code. Aside from the plethora of taco stands, pawn shops, cheap clothing stores smeared by taggers there is not one store I care to even go into.(Thank God Vons hasn't closed, it's the only relatively positive shopping environment I can think of.)
With all of the recent residential developments in Sylmar I keep thinking that soon we will get a new retail hub for all of these new consumers. Knowing the purchase price of these homes are between three and four hundred thousand dollars a piece I naively think these people might want a nice plaza to do their shopping. Ya think?
I hope for the resident's sake in the Las Lomas project that they get the benefit of being annexed into Santa Clarita. At least that city seems to care about the quality of life in their community.
So I guess I'll continue to take my money out of Sylmar and the city of Los Angeles for that matter. I still drive to La Crescenta to go to Trader Joe's so while I'm there I might as well continue on to La Canada and spend my money at their new Town Center. Just what La Canada needs, more money!
It's sad Sylmar is not worthy of better restaurants and retail establishments but thanks to Councilman Richard Alarcon and Mayor Villaraigosa it looks like our neighbor Pacoima will prosper. Good for them!
Contrary to corporate group-think not all residents of Sylmar are Latino. I married one that is and I proudly share his surname.
Andy Taylor

Cypress, CA

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#24
Jul 28, 2008
 
Bureaucratic Mess wrote:
Costco is overpriced because their employees are unionized. It's also why service is so poor in their stores and you wait an hour to be checked out. Time to get Costco's out of So Cal and replace them with the cheaper Sam's Clubs.
You mean Sprawlmart?

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#25
Jul 28, 2008
 
all they need now is wal-mart... they will feel like they are living stevenson ranch!!!
Carmen Hernandez

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#26
Jul 29, 2008
 
Nury Martinez, being the mayor of San Fernando, should focus on bringing more retail into her own city or go back to living in Pacoima. She has been on the council for over five years now, with very little economic stimulus going on in the city she claims she loves. Nury, go back to Pacoima where you belong!!
Ozkrow

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#27
Aug 8, 2008
 
this is all great news! i remember driving by the hunger strike on my way to school. one thing is for sure...i wont be driving to burbank or porter ranch to buy things. ill spend my money in my city.
diablo

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#28
Jan 8, 2009
 
Bureaucratic Mess wrote:
Costco is overpriced because their employees are unionized. It's also why service is so poor in their stores and you wait an hour to be checked out. Time to get Costco's out of So Cal and replace them with the cheaper Sam's Clubs.
that's it genius Sam's is the way to go jackass.Must be one one they employees that Costco wouldn't hire huh?
whateva

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#29
Mar 11, 2009
 
This is a good development for the Pacoima area which will bring jobs and revinue to the city. The only unfortunate thing about it is that how much of the revanue is going to come back into Pacoima?!

For those who dont know Price Pfister left Pacoima because of the EPA Standards. so they figured Mexico will be more profitable because of the low environmental restrictions.

and for those who say Pacoima is ghetto, well, to a certain extent is right, but we are ghetto when necessary. haha However, there is nothing wrong about a blighted community trying to improve itself, which Pacoima is doing.

Just curious to know how many of you on here talking shit about it been to Pacoima and actually spent time there? because the people of Pacoima are good organizers, environmentalists, advocates, and supporters. The only thing is we do this without suites so if that makes us ghetto then--I guess we're ghetto.

Pacoima is better off becoming its own city!
pacoimero

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#30
Mar 23, 2009
 
for a person with so much money and eduacation you sure are full of shit you probably live alone and have no family so do everybody a favor and get a life and remember what i eat dont make you shit..... and if you are to stupid to get it it means if you dont live in pacoima dont worry about it either.....
anonymous

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#31
Jun 29, 2009
 
All of you claiming that Pacoima is ghetto are wrong. Pacoima is just poor. You want ghetto look at Panorama City. Pacoima is a city full of decent people that are struggling to make end's meet. Also all tax profit that those three stores will bring to the area will be vast. Those stores will bring in a lot of money to renew the city. Sure there is gang activity around the area. I live in the area and i think that the first few months will be tough but in the long run it will turn Pacoima into a much better city, one like San Fernando. All you need is time.
ATTN Prejudice MORONS

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Sep 16, 2009
 

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Hey everyone! Guess what? I live in Pacoima, went to UCLA and have a Master's degree. My parents are not illegals, my brother won the medal of Valor from the LAPD and is on the SWOT team and my sister is a pre-med student at UCLA. We are not all anchor babies and classless people. You idiots that live in a cave, not everyone from Mexican descent is a gangster, ruthless, welfare baby. How dare you compare us to scum.
WHO CARES

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Jan 11, 2010
 

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ITS ABOUT JOBS. CREATING THE PACOIMA PLAZA WILL CREATE MORE JOBS. MEANING MORE MONEY WILL BE SPENT IN LOS ANGELES. NOT ALL SAN FERNANDO RESIDENTS ARE CRIMINALS. HOW DARE YOU GENERALIZE THE POPULATION.SUBURBAN KIDS TAG TOO.AND INSTEAD OF CRITEZING WHY DONT WE FIX IT.. NOPE ITS JUST EASIER TO CRITEZI
GET ER DONE

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I couldn't think of a better time to add a few fairly decent paying jobs in a period of stubbornly high unemployment where even part time minimum wage gigs are not always easy to get. Awesome news for job seekers if this comes true soon. Even if these are not the bigger paying jobs with benefits that you could get in the booming mid-late '90's, its better than doing nothing but keeping the area a nearly economically depressed ghetto it has now. I am certain local residents welcome this positive change with open arms and big smiles. Folks working there will make some money, customers buying there will spend money, any businesses the newly employed spend their paychecks at helps the economy and helps increase the city & state tax base. Very good news for struggling grocery markets, local restaurants, etc. and all their employees that may have had hours cut back. Creating a few jobs at a time is a damn sight better than not gaining any and far, far better than losing more jobs.
PACOIMA NATIVE

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#35
Jan 26, 2010
 
Though this may have not been the best development decision for Pacoima, however, this is what the community has chosen. Many of you out there can only sit back and talk bad and nonsense about Pacoima.
The truth is that you dont know about Pacoima. Sure you may know about our past about gang violence but that is deminishing. There are so many organizations and dedicated to changing Pacoima and our succeeding...and i should know im a part of that. Any time Pacoima recieves any kind of development or money guess who r the ones that come in and take it away or change the whole concept of any particular develpment that is geared to benefit this area--LA!
This Development will produce jobs but though they may not be the best type of paying jobs like manufacturing ones but we are hard working class people who utilize whatever tools and resources that are at our disposal...in this case the city of LA does neglect us here.
for those who talk their sh**t let them keep on talking cuz thats all they can do, but none will step a foot in Pacoima n thats the way i like it becuz we do not need them.
This development adds to the local economy but the concern is how much will Pacoima Get back from LA!
....The best thing for Pacoima is SUCESSION.!!!!
WE ARE BETTER OF GOVERNING OURSELVES AND GETTING OUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER BECUZ LA DOES NOTHING FOR US.
eldodgerboy

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#36
Feb 2, 2010
 
dang that "Kill" guy is a bitch.... if u think pacoima is ghetto... why is it on ur mind so much....????
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rocky

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#37
Apr 2, 2010
 
f*** you KLL
Eight one eight

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#38
Dec 25, 2011
 
I live here let me tell you white people I'm proud of it whe might not make alot of money, true but whe have more hearth y? cus u have none honestly I'm glad ur scared of coming around whe don't want u anyways while every day whe go to ur city's, not to work to steal and kick ur ass stay away and be afraid of us just and only cus wer coming up
Steve PHD Physicist

Pacoima, CA

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#39
May 29, 2012
 
KLL wrote:
Wow , Pacoima Plaza, I can already envision what the stores will look like in a few years?
Can You?
Let me see, grafitti and scratchfitti in the bathrooms, grafitti and trash outside, Best Buy, Lowes, and Costco shopping carts strewn all over Pacoima in a 5 mile radius.
Starting wages,$15hr? that's supposed to comparable to the wages that were being paid at the factory in 1996? What was the rate of inflation in 1996 vs. now?
Ding, ding, Costco needs a wake up call, those wages don't mean s-hit in these modern times. to really survive in L.A., you need to be making a minimum of $25 an hr. and even that's pushing the survival envelope.
They should have left the rubble there or built a prison on the site. The ghetto doesn't deserve anything nice, because the anchor babies don't appreciate it and will ruin it within a year.
You watch and see, mark my words.
I wrote such a good post and my computer gave out.

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