Reporting Steve Large
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Sacramento City Council voted to make it easier for big-box stores to build inside Sacramento’s city limits.
Reaction to the vote to repeal what some call a ban on the massive grocery retailers is fiery.
Those opposed to the stores are outraged, while those in favor were overjoyed.
The vote divided a packed chamber between those touting the opportunities big boxes bring, and those saying they will do more harm than good.
The council vote came amid a call by one group for Mayor Kevin Johnson to recuse himself of the vote.
Eric Sunderland filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission alleging Johnson has a conflict of interest in the vote after his charities received an alleged $600,000 from Walmart last year.
The mayor’s spokesman said the complaint has no merit and the mayor would not comment.
Johnson voted to lift the ordinance against big-box stores.
The new ordinance means superstores will not need to submit to an economic-impact analysis if they are part of a planned-unit development, if they are expanding to an already existing store, or if they are in an area called a food desert—where people have no options for groceries currently.
It’ll take effect in July of 2014.