What's Wrong With Shopping at Lassen's?

Would you patronize a nearby health food store that funded the 2008 Prop. 8 ballot against gay marriage?

Whether out of convenience or insufficient information—or because of a failure to see anything wrong—many of us tend to continue shopping at stores caught in the glare of media criticism or the swirl of local politics.

Past examples include the hugely disruptive 2003-04 citywide strike (and subsequent lockout) at grocery chain stores—a time when everybody knew somebody who crossed the picket lines to do their shopping.

And now shoppers in Eagle Rock and its vicinity face another such moment—and a corresponding question: Would they shop at a local health food store known for helping fund the 2008 Proposition 8 ballot initiative calling for a ban on gay marriage?

The store in question is Lassen’s, part of the organic food chain by the same name, which recently opened shop on Hillhurst Avenue in nearby Los Feliz on the same property where a previous organic food store, Nature Mart, was based (but lost its lease).

A campaign to get people to sign an online petition to boycott Lassen’s new store is currently underway—as of 5 p.m. on Monday, the effort had garnered exactly 1,001 signatures.

We’d like to know how Eagle Rockers feel about this issue. Where do you stand on the question of whether to shop at Lassen’s or not, given the business’s open support for an issue that many Americans clearly don’t agree with?

Sarah Bucolic November 17, 2011 at 08:16 PM
I think the problem here is that the people who actually vote do not actually look at the real issues. We have the passionate voters on both sides and then the new inexperienced ones who vote a certain way because of their parents or their friends' way of voting. As for Lassen's, I do not shop over there in that area and don't plan on ever shopping there. I like shopping in Eagle Rock and even when I had moved away for a while I still came to Eagle Rock for my shopping. Now if a place I shop at openly funds something I am against why would I continue to shop there anyway? You are basically helping them fund their homophobic campaign by giving them your money. If the owner is donating his own personal money that's his business I guess, but if he is using money made by the business it opens the business up for protests and boycotting. By using company funds the owner then involves the customers and employees since it is now the company supporting the anti gay campaign. It'd be a different story if it was just the owner individually.
cald90041 November 18, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Why is the patch reporting on a market in Los Feliz? The Eagle Rock Patch is a great idea and somthing our old community/ new life blood needs. I am almost certain there are better, more local political stories out there. Even though I am "hardcore" against prop 8, let's get the patch to do local stories on what Eagle Rockers are doing to support same sex marriges! I am certain Los Feliz can handle their own.
Bud Strong November 18, 2011 at 05:06 AM
Yah - been wondering 'bout that too. Let the Los Feliz peeps deal with their own neighborhood issues. Back to the news of Eagle Rock, please.
Patrick Lee November 18, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Hi cald90041 and Bud: You make fair points. We thought this story would be of interest to Eagle Rockers, but we hear you and will redouble our efforts to cover Eagle Rock stories first.
Ajay Singh November 18, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Eagle Rock news is this site's primary focus—and thanks for your thoughts, Andrew—but, as Patrick points out, I did think the Lassen's controversy would interest our readers, especially in light of the California Supreme Court advisory ruling yesterday that the law entitles Prop. 8 sponsors to argue their case in a federal court. But back to Eagle Rock!


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