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Expert to Tell Salinas Small Businesses How to Fight Wal-Mart and Big Bo
November 5, 2009

Small business entrepreneur promoter makes special appearance in Salinas Thursday SALINAS - How can smaller independent businesses and entrepreneurs fight against national, big box retailers"

That will be the subject of a presentation in Salinas California, Thursday, when Jeff Milchen, founder of the nation's first Independent Business Alliance and expert in small business preservation, speaks. 

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Monterey County defers big box issue to committee
By Leslie Griffy July 8, 2009

Supervisors could have asked that staff bring back an ordinance banning single-occupancy stores more than 90,000 square feet, but instead they decided to create a committee of interested parties to develop a proposal and report back to the board and the county Planning Commission.

Supervisor Louis Calcagno, whose dairy works with a Wal-Mart milk provider, abstained from the debate and voting. The remaining supervisors' vote was unanimous, and supervisors did voice support for limiting large stores in unincorporated areas.

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Salinas City Council repeals big-box ban
4 to 3 vote ties Wal-Mart's future to use permit, negotiations with city

By MIKE HORNICK June 3, 2009

The Salinas City Council repealed its ban on big-box stores with more than 5 percent of retail space in groceries late Tuesday, but by a 4-3 vote tied future discussions with Wal-Mart to a conditional use permit at the former Home Depot in Harden Ranch.

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Signature validated in Salinas big-box ban issue
Staff reports, The Californian
April 29, 2009

The path is clear for Wal-Mart Supercenters to make their case to Salinas voters after the Monterey County Registrar of Voters confirmed on Friday that enough valid signatures had been collected on a petition to force a referendum on the city's ban of big-box stores.

The pro-Wal-Mart group Salinas Consumers for Choice collected 7,195 signatures, in excess of the required 4,600, or 10 percent of Salinas registered voters.

The City Council is expected to consider the matter at its June 2 meeting. Unless the city repeals the big-box ban, the vote would happen in a special election or at the next regularly scheduled election in November 2010.

When the signatures were filed on April 6, Councilwoman Jyl Lutes - a ban supporter - said this November is more likely than next.

"The earliest would be June, but I'm going to guess this November," Lutes said. "There could also be a tax measure for public safety, and that is very like to be on the ballot for November."  

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City Council Blocks Super Wal-Mart In Salinas Council Voted For Big-Box Ban Last Week

March 11, 2009
SALINAS, Calif. -- The proposed super Wal-Mart set to take over the empty Home Depot building at the Harden Ranch Plaza has been blocked.

The Salinas City Council voted for its second and final time Tuesday to pass the ordinance that bans big-box stores from also having a grocery store.

Under the ban, any big-box stores with more than 90,000 square feet in retail space cannot dedicate more than 5 percent of its floor space to selling non-taxable items -- mostly food.

A large crowd showed up at City Hall to discuss putting a new Wal-Mart superstore in at the former Home Depot building.

A big-box ordinance passed last week that bans stores that combine a large retail operation with groceries is currently preventing Wal-Mart from putting in a superstore.

The council voted 5 to 2 -- with Mayor Dennis Donohue and councilwoman Janet Barnes opposed -- for the ordinance at last week's meeting.

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Salinas Spars Over Wal-Mart Proposal Big-Box Ordinance Proposed
March 4, 2009

SALINAS, Calif. -- The Salinas City Council voted Tuesday evening to approve a big-box ordinance that will ban stores that combine a large retail operation with groceries.

The council voted 5 to 2 -- with Mayor Dennis Donohue and councilwoman Janet Barnes opposed -- for the ordinance after the community spent hours in public debate over having a Super Wal-Mart come to town.

Backers of the ordinance said the stipulation protects other grocery stores in Salinas, but opponents said a supercenter would give consumers more choices...

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