It’s Official


District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty has announced that he too is against American Apparel moving in at 988 Valencia Street (click the link and send Supervisor Dufty a note of appreciation).

Dufty will make a phone call later today to let the Planning Board know his feelings about the subject, citing concerns about American Apparel’s lack of outreach to the community before trying to open a storefront on Valencia Street.

To Supervisor Dufty, our sincerest thanks!


8 Responses to “It’s Official”

  1. Marcy Says:

    Totally odd for them to be expanding their brand during this time. Nobody has the money for this shit. Best to leave it to Haight St. (where they pushed out a Mom n Pop health food store).

  2. Gerrard Says:

    You concerned citizens are so hypocritical it’s astounding. The uptight whiteys who are bitching about American Apparel and it’s supposed negative effect on the “character of the neighborhood” are the same people who think that overpriced coffeehouses and pseudo-alternative art galleries are some kind of “contribution” to its character. “Mom-and-pop” businesses who don’t pay their workers a living wage and whose main “community” concern is having more cops sweep away homeless people are somehow better than anything that smells “corporate.” All props are due to any local small businesses that don’t fit this description. But let’s face it, no matter how many Obama posters you put in your window, you’re all out to make a buck, and when it comes down to the things that would REALLY make this neighborhood a better, more interesting place to live (e.g. affordable rents, free classes, cross-cultural events, public bathrooms, benches, free gyms, childcare, and transportation, etc.) there is hardly a word from you. Your vapid propaganda and activism stink of entitlement and opportunism, your gestures toward history and “community” are painfully superficial, and your sense of economic justice is no more sophisticated than that of faithful neophytes of the “nation of shopkeepers” you idolize. I would implore you urban homesteaders to instead spend your energy on campaigns that really matter to the majority of working people in the Mission, but since you’ve made your class interests so nauseatingly clear, I won’t bother. If people like “Monkey”–a self-serving (and incredibly dull) little arriviste who thinks that bootstrap entrepreneurialism is holier than corporate capitalism–typify your movement than you are certainly not going to win much popular approval, even if the tourism-conscious board of supervisors lets you win your trivial battle. (Hey “Monkey,” how much is YOUR rent? How much was it at your space before you moved in?) If you’re lucky, maybe the quickly deepening recession will pop your bubbles too, and you’ll have a moment to reflect with everybody else on what it’s really gonna take to make a community–and a world–we want to live in.

  3. A.J. Says:

    I’m all for knocking WalMart & the like but why try & knock a company that actually employees American workers? American Apparel does not outsource their clothes & makes them in L.A. Unlike many “Made in USA” companies that actually use deceptive practices & produce their goods on Pacific Islands that while being part of American territories do not have to recognize American labor laws. According to the San Francisco Chronicle the average factory worker at the company makes $80-120 per day, compared to the $30-40 made daily at most other Los Angeles-based garment factories.

    How many of the Mom & Pop stores in that part of the city are selling clothes or other products that are entirely “Made in the USA”? I can guarantee you not many, if any. Fight the Power, just do it wisely. We need more companies like American Apparel if we ever want to get out of this economic mess. America needs to manufacture more than just debt.

  4. Glenparker Says:

    Like any of the other stores on Valencia did outreach to the community before they opened. If you guys really want to improve Valencia then how about getting rid of the illegal alien gang-bangers who infest the area instead of crying about how some clothing store will ruin a neighborhood none of you grew up in.

  5. shakeses Says:

    Let ’em know, Gerrard!

  6. chicken john Says:

    I refuse to give credit to a company who pays a living wage because others don’t. You punish people who do wrong, and reward people who do heroic deeds of great charity or goodness.

    You don’t reward someone for not being an asshole.

    Paying sweatshop rates is being an asshole. You punish those people.

    But has the human race gotten so screwed up that we reward people for not being criminals? Do we reward people for not taking a low road? There will be no room left for gratitude for heroism or sacrifice if our heros are now people who pay a decent wage and offer a break room.

    True heroism in business is to show leadership. How about AA open a store and offer childcare for people on the block. Or something. Anything. All they have done is tried to be a quiet as possible. And hope no one noticed.

    We noticed.

    Your store isn’t going to go in.

    We like small, owner/operator stores. Go pay $4 a square foot somewhere else.

  7. owen Says:

    I must agree with Gerrard. There’s something very bourgeois, privileged and white about this discussion; it’s like a fun pet project. Did you all cry when the glass shop at 988 Valencia Closed? When Valencia Auto Parts (at Liberty) closed? These were honest independently owned businesses that served the “community” for years. Will we cry when the janitorial supply shop relocates and is replaced by another hipster coffee shop or gourmet french fry joint? Where were you guys when Skechers opened at 22nd and Mission? Where was the outrage? Maybe we just don’t walk on that side the the world. As it is Valencia Street is a tourist trap. Check it out on Saturday night—ATA might be virtually empty, while beuatiful cultured people promenade up and down outside. We should really be organizing a protest of Dosa…

  8. Stephen Says:

    There are a lot of different people protesting American Apparel and different people have different reasons. One thing I would point out is that I put up the website and made the posters, even though I don’t have very much money or very much time. Then I asked businesses if they would put the signs in their windows. There is nothing stopping anybody from doing the same. The only way to know if people will join your movement or organization is to start one yourself and then go out and talk to people.

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