Moon Valley Elitists Plan to Picket the Grand Opening of a Goodwill Store

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The Goodwill store opening tomorrow at Seventh Street and Thunderbird Road.


Some residents of Moon Valley, a well-to-do North Phoenix neighborhood, are not giving up their fight against a Goodwill retail store that's opening there, in their neighborhood.

With the store's grand opening scheduled for tomorrow, some residents are actually planning to picket outside the store.

UPDATE November 22: Click here for photos and more news from the protest.

E-mails obtained by New Times a few months ago showed how Moon Valley residents, including former Republican U.S. Congressman John Shadegg, were demanding that City of Phoenix officials not to allow Goodwill to open the store at the former location of an AJ's Fine Foods store, at Seventh Street and Thunderbird Road.

Phoenix Vice Mayor Bill Gates, who represents Moon Valley as part of his district, told New Times in June that one of residents' primary concerns was property values. He said some residents have called this potential Goodwill store the "gateway into Moon Valley moving onto Seventh Street."

In one of the e-mails, the Goodwill store was described as "INCOMPATIBLE with the current tenants of the [shopping center] and the surrounding residential areas and neighborhoods."

It's "completely inappropriate," according to an e-mail spread by "neighborhood advocate" Amy Mais. The retail stores around other Phoenix Goodwill stores are "very troubling" and "of the lowest possible quality."

In one of Shadegg's e-mails, he was upset that city officials and "what they have done to us."

Hundreds of people signed an online petition, with nary a mention that Goodwill's a nonprofit that goes out of its way to hire those who face the biggest disadvantages in the job market.

Even though Goodwill signed a lease several months ago, some people in Moon Valley aren't giving up.

An e-mail sent out by Blanche Lukes, a Moon Valley Realtor, calls for a "peaceful protest" at tomorrow's grand opening:
A peaceful protest is planned for the 7th Street and Thunderbird Goodwill store's grand opening on Friday November 22 at 9 am.

Goodwill and their lawyers got the city to take away our rights without notice or a hearing and now the City is ignoring the Amendment that is supposed to protect what little rights we have left.

Wendy is available to help make signs. Just call [phone number] to arrange. There will be extra signs for anyone who doesn't have their own. If you are unable to participate in the protest, we hope you will boycott Goodwill stores and opt to donate to real charities and shop at other second hand stores.

We will only be boycotting Goodwill and not other stores at the Shaw Butte Center. We need to stay on public property (the sidewalk) and not private property. We should park at the south end of the shopping center where we are on public property and not impeding traffic. We must not take our signs with us if we leave the sidewalk to, for instance, go to Starbucks for a drink.

Additional parking at Fresh and Easy and the East end of the Safeway parking lot.
We've never seen residents of a neighborhood with nearly twice the median household income of the rest of Phoenix protesting outside a nonprofit, but there's a first for everything.

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Happyfeet
Happyfeet

I see comments about how Goodwill doesn't help or give back to the community and about how the CEO is benefiting. People need to do their homework, and NO everything you read online is not true. Research and get your facts before judging. Goodwill does not have an owner, really! Goodwill is managed by Board of Directors, yes there are some Goodwills who have/do pay under minimum wage. However, Goodwill of Central Arizona is NOT one of them.

Goodwill gives back to the community by helping individual find employment and assist with making individuals employable. They provide training in skills needed to find a job and keep a job. To me that's giving back to our community and economy. That is what .10 cents of every dollar does at Goodwill of Central Arizona.

Happyfeet
Happyfeet

I see comments about how Goodwill doesn't help or give back to the community and about how the CEO is benefiting. People need to do their homework, and NO everything you read online is not true. Research and get your facts before judging. Goodwill does not have an owner, really! Goodwill is managed by Board of Directors, yes there are some Goodwills who have/do pay under minimum wage. However, Goodwill of Central Arizona is NOT one of them. Goodwill gives back to the community by helping individual find employment and assist with making individuals employable. They provide training in skills needed to find a job and keep a job. To me that's giving back to our community and economy. That is what .10 cents of every dollar does at Goodwill of Central Arizona.

Bruce Salvage
Bruce Salvage

Actually goodwill is not a very nice company if you read up on them..

Wa Aayne
Wa Aayne

on BLANCHE LUKES website she offers "distressed properties" so its ok for her old azz to sell foreclosed or crap houses so she can profit, but not ok for goodwill to sell used jeans? OH HIGH & MIGHTY MOON VALLEY SNOBS.. I MEAN SCUM, get a life, its a store, get a life. remember when ppl just bought a home & Lived in it? the demon that is "MY PROPERTY VALUE" is retarded, thats how nazi HOA's have risen to power, and these idiots in moon valley, unless ur going to sell ur house "when the gittens good" just live in it, stop being an asshole.. thats what makes ppty value go up, is nice, sane ppl with a life.

weenie666
weenie666

on BLANCHE LUKES website she offers "distressed properties" so its ok for her old azz to sell foreclosed or crap houses so she can profit, but not ok for goodwill to sell used jeans?

OH HIGH & MIGHTY MOON VALLEY SNOBS.. I MEAN SCUM, get a life, its a store, get a life.

remember when ppl just bought a home & Lived in it? the demon that is "MY PROPERTY VALUE" is retarded, thats how nazi HOA's have risen to power, and these idiots in moon valley, unless ur going to sell ur house "when the gittens good" just live in it, stop being an asshole.. thats what makes ppty value go up, is nice, sane ppl with a life.

Camille Stodgell
Camille Stodgell

That's crazy....Surprise has one. What's the big deal...Are some people being Snobs ?

niva56
niva56

when will the class war begin?

nojailforyou1
nojailforyou1

I think the real reason for the protest is because they want shop there themselves but now the neighbors will catch them buying secondhand goods.  That could ruin there luxury snob status.

Amy M. McMullen
Amy M. McMullen

"A 2013 article on Watchdog.org reported that Goodwill's tax returns showed that more than 100 Goodwills pay less than minimum wage, while simultaneously paying more than $53.7 million in total compensation to top executives.[33] The former CEO of the Goodwill of Southern California was the highest paid Goodwill executive in the country. He received more than $1.1 million in total compensation. "In 2011, the Columbia Willamette Goodwill, one of the largest in the country, says it paid $922,444 in commensurate wages to approximately 250 people with developmental disabilities. These employees worked 159,584 hours for an average hourly wage of $5.78. The lowest paid worker received just $1.40 per hour."[33]" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodwill_Industries#Criticism

Athena Tyrrell
Athena Tyrrell

humane society kills their animals now. just donate to your church.

Athena Tyrrell
Athena Tyrrell

I read that article on yahoo about how goodwill takes advantage of disabled persons paying some as little as 40 cents an hour. Excuse me, last time I checked, this was America, and we burned down businesses that took advantage of our weak ones! We as a society try to PREVENT the cruelty of our people, not INCREASE the cruelty of our people! if these claims are true, I will be with the picketers. The CEO made 3 million dollars last year off of these people, and yet they are going to justify why they pay their handicapped employees 40 cents an hour? total bullsht.

Jeanne Wiesley
Jeanne Wiesley

OMG and when it is open are they going to hide the bmw's and mercedes in the parking lots too.....WTF......they use the bathroom just like everyone else....I mean really!!!

Wayne Christensen
Wayne Christensen

If that's true they are real scumbags. I have seen lots of abuse of employees in the Phoenix area, it being in a "right to starve" state and all.

Wayne Christensen
Wayne Christensen

Fascist Elitist Snobs. I've driven through their neighborhood, nothing to write home about.

Sadie Stone
Sadie Stone

LOL *DISLIKE* Another reason not to visit Moon Valley!

carlajean4
carlajean4

I can see why people could see Goodwill in a negative light if they don't have all the facts. What the average person sees is a store who gets most of their merchandise free and sells it for a profit. What you don't see is how over 90% of the money made in the stores goes directly back to creating jobs in the local community- and the rest goes towards overhead. Any person- ANYONE- can go into a career center and ask for help to write a resume, find a job, etc. Let me say that again- ANYONE! In central Arizona alone they have placed over 14,000 people in jobs this year.

wtf.....
wtf.....

yep!....this is American's problems now days!...

lennygarbo
lennygarbo

A strip club would be classier, especially if you could get a payday loan place next to it.

Patrick Delaney
Patrick Delaney

LOL 7th st and Thunderbird is not a upscale area anymore. It hasn't been in over 15 yrs. its a basic middle class neighborhood. It's not like N. Scottsdale

Diane Weddle
Diane Weddle

Get over yourself, Moon Valley, it is not 1980.

davelog
davelog

What a load of crap. The Goodwill's gonna be right next door to a Dollar Tree FFS, get over your self-perceived eliteness. You guys have been ghetto for a while now.

Jeff Haskell
Jeff Haskell

NIMBY is alive and well in Moon Valley it seems. How shameful.

Bill McNichols
Bill McNichols

Goodwill is a privately owned scam, far from its original roots. Owned by one person who makes millions with cheap labor. Forget being elite, we should get rid of Goodwill. Use Salvation Army instead.

Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson

Yea Moon Valley isn't the elitiest community it once was. kinda funny

Dacia Ketterer-Marion
Dacia Ketterer-Marion

I don't understand why they are against it, rich people are some of the most frugal people I've ever met. We all know the fancy jewelry and designer clothes are a ruse for their Kmart sweatpants they wear the other 98% of the time. They are just afraid the "truth" about them will come out. I hope the biggest Goodwill in Arizona opens out there, better yet, plop a Walmart out there in Echo Canyon area

Caroline Maul
Caroline Maul

Serious? Did the tweekers move out of Moon Valley or something? A horde of them spread out over there from The Square a long time ago. Must be RICH Tweekers now. lol

thejeremiah
thejeremiah

Since they were too cheap to support the AJ's Fine Foods store they should probably be thankful for Goodwill moving in.

Alero Mills-Ridley
Alero Mills-Ridley

Moon Valley folks are BLIND because there is/has been a DOLLAR STORE in that same plaza (a few doors down from GOODWILL). Rita Mary

John Blevins
John Blevins

Thier CEO's are PIGS,they make a bunch of money and pay their workers very little,SHAME ON THEM!

Alan Whipple
Alan Whipple

They should be picketing about how Goodwill pays disabled people as low as 30 cents an hour. Look it up it's true.

Janis Remy
Janis Remy

Goodwill donates ZERO dollars to charity. I will never donate to them again.

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

There are 2 Goodwill stores in Gilbert. Property values are fine. They need to get over it.

Jennifer Walker
Jennifer Walker

No, it's not. No one wants it there. It lessens the value and quality of the area.

Michael Stoddard
Michael Stoddard

A Starbuckss AND a Goodwill within sight of each other!?!? The apocalypse is upon us!!!

weenie666
weenie666

@Athena Tyrrell what big corp. doesnt take advantage of employees? u gonna burn them all down? at least gw gives them a job, no one else will!

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

@Thunder Mike Flores Goodwill IS charity. Fuck you.

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