ASSEMBLYMEMBER COMES OUT SWINGING IN SUPPORT OF ATWATER’S TREE LIGHTING EVENT

State Assemblymember, Laura Friedman (43rd District), has come out in support of her Atwater constituents that are seeking to preserve the Tree Lighting event at the Wells Fargo parking lot.

This past October Wells Fargo decided to "bah-humbug" the Tree Lighting event due to a supposed “safety risk” to their “customers and neighbors.” After 25 years they abruptly declined the use of their parking lot for the yearly Atwater tradition. 

In a letter to the branch manager, Friedman urges Wells Fargo to reconsider their decision to deny the use of their parking lot for the Tree Lighting event. She also asks Wells Fargo to review their same denial for the weekly farmers' market and annual Pancake Breakfast event. Furthemore, Friedman offers to help "identify possible solutions" and work to resolve the current impasse. 

No word yet on Wells Fargo's response. 

In other developments....

  • Local stakeholders have organized a community protest this Thursday, November 9th at 5 pm at the Wells Fargo Atwater branch (3250 Glendale Blvd). Protest organizers also plan to hand-deliver over 600 signatures in an effort to convince Wells Fargo to reconsider their position on the Tree Lighting event. 
  • Atwater's Neighborhood Council (AVNC) may also be voicing their support for the Tree Lighting event. At this month's board meeting they'll be voting on a letter/resolution on Wells Fargo's decision to deny the use of their parking lot. The AVNC Board meeting is this Thursday, November 9th at 7 pm, meetings are held at 3852 Edenhurst Ave. Atwater Village, 90039 (Christ's Church)
     

ATWATER'S WELLS FARGO BANK PULLS THE WELCOME MAT ON NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS

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It’s official. The local Wells Fargo Bank branch (3250 Glendale Blvd) pulled the welcome mat on Atwater’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. In a letter to event organizers the bank’s district manager, Ms. Luanna Lindsey, declared the yearly Atwater tradition a “safety risk” to their “customers and neighbors” and abruptly declined the use of their parking lot for the event.

Wells Fargo, which has assets in excess of 1.9 trillion dollars, has not limited their “bah-humbug” attitude to just the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Reportedly, they’ve already denied the use of their parking lot for next year’s Pancake Breakfast and are pushing the weekly Farmers’ Market to relocate shortly. Bah-humbug indeed.

Please share your thoughts about Wells Fargo’s recent decisions to kick Atwater’s most cherished tradition to the curb. Send them an email, call them or visit them in person.

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL WELLS FARGO or cut-n-paste the following emails: carely.rojas@wellsfargo.com, lindsell@wellsfargo.com, board@atwatervillage.org, board@atwaterchamber.org, boardcommunications@wellsfargo.com, stephen.w.sanger@wellsfargo.com, elizabeth.a.duke@wellsfargo.com

Call the Wells Fargo branch directly: (323) 663-8023

Visit them and tell them in person: 3250 Glendale Blvd


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