Independent Theaters Fight Chains for Access to Hit Movies

Date: 4 May 2005 | posted in: Retail | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At the request of independent movie theaters across the state, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer is investigating claims that major movie theater chains use their clout with distributors to prevent independent theaters from showing many of the most popular first-run films. At issue is a common industry practice called clearance, whereby theaters are given exclusive rights to show a film within a certain radius around their theaters. … Read More

California court voids approvals for two big-box projects

Date: 15 Dec 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a ruling that could have broad implications, a California appeals court this week nullified zoning approvals given to two big-box shopping centers by the city of Bakersfield. The court held that the environmental impact reports (EIRs) prepared for the projects were insufficient and did not adequately address the potential for urban decay and associated ecological effects that could be caused by extensive new retail development. The ruling orders the city to complete new impact studies and public hearings, and reconsider the projects. … Read More

California Lawmakers Seek to Drop Wal-Mart Stock from State Pension Fund

Date: 9 Nov 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A group of California state lawmakers, led by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, are calling for the legislature to require that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) sell its 18.8 million shares of Wal-Mart stock, valued at about $1 billion. "The Legislature needs to take a close look at how we put our money behind our values," Lieber told the Associated Press. "Wal-Mart is making a big push to expand in many areas of our state. … Read More

Los Angeles Requires Economic Impact Studies for Supercenters

Date: 17 Aug 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After months of debate on the consequences of big-box development, the Los Angeles City Council this month enacted a law that requires supercenters to undergo an economic impact analysis before being approved. The law applies to retail stores larger than 100,000 square feet that devote more than 10 percent of their floor space to food and that are seeking to locate in economic assistance zones. … Read More

Surprise Defeat for Wal-Mart in Inglewood

Date: 1 Apr 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a stunning upset that made headlines around the globe, voters in Inglewood, California, overwhelmingly defeated a ballot measure on April 6 that would have opened the way for a massive Wal-Mart supercenter. The final tally was 7,049 against and 4,575 in favor. The unprecedented measure would have given Wal-Mart complete control over a 60-acre site, allowing it to bypass the public process and build a supercenter and other chain retail stores without any of the normal environmental, traffic, or zoning reviews. … Read More

Judge Halts Construction of Superstores in Bakersfield

Date: 1 Feb 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A California Superior Court judge has suspended construction of two Wal-Mart supercenters in Bakersfield, California, indefinitely. Judge Kenneth Twisselman ruled that the city council had not adequately examined the urban blight that could result if existing big box stores close after the new supercenters open. Vacant big box stores, the judge said, have significant environmental impacts that the city is required to consider as part of its environmental review process. … Read More

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