Calif. City Can't Use Initiative To Skip Wal-Mart Enviro Review

Law360, New York (October 31, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court ruled Tuesday that a state election code allowing 15 percent of a city’s voters to put up a ballot measure before other voters cannot be used to circumvent state environmental reviews for development projects, dealing a setback to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s planned expansion of its Sonora store.

A three-judge panel said in a published portion of the opinion that the city of Sonora could not permit the project to skirt a full environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act by using...
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