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)