LA Council Blocks Ban On Big Retail Projects In Chinatown

Law360, New York (October 23, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT) -- A controversial ordinance banning any new building permits for retail projects spanning 20,000 square feet or more in Los Angeles' Chinatown area, such as an embattled Wal-Mart Stores Inc. project currently under way, failed to pass the City Council Tuesday.

With a 10-4 vote, the interim control ordinance failed to garner the 12 necessary votes, pushing it to be considered again Wednesday. Proponents of the legislation have pushed for the bill for several months after the Wal-Mart project passed in March, claiming it is necessary to...
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