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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Breaking: PCCD appoints former San Leandro police chief to Interim Executive Director of Public Safety
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Abdul Pridgen will lead the district’s community-based safety program
Li Khan, Editor in Chief • June 21, 2024
Carpentry instructor spruces up department
Carpentry instructor spruces up department
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A cap at the Laney College commencement ceremony on May 24 reads in Spanish, This is for my mom who gave me everything. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
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Romi Bales, Staff Writer • June 17, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 2024
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    Shop for yourself & the community

    As the holidays approach, many consumers look to get the best deals out there, but what many don’t understand is that getting the best deal out there isn’t always best for their community. 
    Big box stores like Walmart, Target, and Ulta don’t do anything for their community. What most consumers don’t realize is that when shopping local, their tax dollars stay in the community. 
    Your tax dollars will go towards your local fire department, libraries, even community centers. Consumers will also get a selection of products geared towards their specific needs. For example, in Southern California where the weather is hot most of the year, their businesses will be geared towards that type of weather and in areas like Colorado where they get a lot of snow, their businesses will be geared towards more snow gear. Small businesses also create jobs for the locals. 
    Working for a small business for 15 years, I’ve seen the effects of big box stores coming in and crushing the “little guy.” Family businesses that have been around for over 20 years are forced to close their doors because who could compete with the big corporations? 
    According to Steven Barrison in his article “Study Proves it: Walmart Super-stores kill off local small businesses,” “Within two years of Walmart’s opening its doors, 82 local stores went out of business.” 
    In this economy it is hard to pay a little more and to give in to these big box stores. And although the Walmarts and Targets might have cheaper prices at times, stop and ask yourself, “Will I get that one-on-one customer service? Will I get that satisfaction of knowing I have just supported my neighbor, my community?” 
    Also, will you find what you really need according to where you live? Think about that next time you’re looking for a new bike, a new shampoo or lipstick, or even a unique gift for that special someone.

    Angelica Pacheco is a Tower staff writer. Email her at apachecobeauty(at)yahoo.com.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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