Wal*Mart “Ban” Vetoed by San Diego Mayor
An effort by the city council in California to ban “supercenters” failed this week when it was vetoed by the city’s mayor, a setback to a labor-backed effort aimed at Wal*Mart, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Mayor Jerry Sanders blocked the measure, which would have banned within San Diego’s city limits any retail chain that takes up more than 90,000 square feet while devoting 10 percent or more of its floor space to groceries. The Republican mayor, in vetoing the proposed law, stated that limiting such things is not the role of government; the council will have a chance next month to override Sanders’ veto.
If the measure goes into effect, Wal*Mart- the only company affected by the legislation- plans to pursue a ballot referendum to restore their right to operate in the city, the paper said.