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  • BILL TARGETING RETAIL DEVELOPMENT – MOVES FORWARD

    Posted: June 3, 2011 | Posted by NLeonard | No Comments

    SB 469 (Juan Vargas; D-San Diego) a bill that will require additional economic and community impact analyses for retail developments that are 90,000 feet or larger and sell groceries, passed the Senate on a vote of 21-14, the bare minimum of votes needed.

    We have written several times in the past about our opposition to the measure, so we’d like to share with you what the California League of Cities is saying about the bill.  Click here to read their alert entitled, “Discriminatory Land Use ‘Superstore’ Bill Passes in Senate; Latest Chapter in Union-Backed ‘Grocery War.”

    According to the League of Cities:  “While the measure purports to be a policy-focused measure to ensure that local officials are equipped with a comprehensive analysis of all possible regional and local impacts, none of these criteria would apply to discount membership stores, department stores, grocery chains, shopping malls and other large projects with similar impacts.”

    Dan Walters, Columnist for the Sacramento Bee, also slammed the measure in his column today stating, “While state legislators pay lip service to local decision-making, they also claim a divine right to intervene in local conflicts by siding with one faction or the other, even when it means overturning ordinary governmental and legal processes.” Click here to read the full piece.

    For more information on how to get involved, reply to this email or visit www.StopSB469.com.



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