Wal*Mart “Ban” Fails in San Diego
An attempt by San Diego lawmakers to ban the construction of “super centers” within city limits appeared to fail this week when a city councilwoman surprisingly switched her vote, the San Diego Union-Tribute reported.
When the City Council voted Tuesday on whether to override a veto by Mayor Jerry Sanders of a previously passed bill, Councilwoman Donna Frye shocked observers by voting to sustain, rather than override, the veto. Frye’s shift left the vote at 4-4, and thus left Sanders’ veto to stand.
In June, the council passed a bill that would have banned any retail chain that takes up more than 90,000 square feet while devoting 10 percent or more of its floor space to groceries, restrictions that would apply only to Wal*Mart. Mayor Sanders vetoed the bill on June 18, saying at the time that such measures are not the role of government.