Wal-Mart Store Rejected By Voters In Inglewood

An effort by Wal-Mart to bypass planning and environmental reviews is rejected by voters.
April 7, 2004, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"A bid by the world's largest corporation to bypass uncooperative elected officials and take its aggressive expansion plans to voters failed Tuesday, as Inglewood residents overwhelmingly rejected Wal-Mart's proposal to build a colossal retail and grocery center without an environmental review or public hearings... Inglewood city officials and Wal-Mart have been sparring for more than a year. Initially, the City Council tried to keep Wal-Mart from moving in by adopting an emergency ordinance in October 2002 that barred construction of retail stores larger than 155,000 square feet that sell more than 20,000 nontaxable items, such as food and drugs. Supercenters run about 200,000 square feet."

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Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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