The Press Enterprise reports that Wal-Mart will seek voter approval via ballot initiative instead of seeking city council approval...
City Attorney Karen Feld also said if the initiative passed, Wal-Mart would not have to comply with the environmental standards set forth in the act, which was passed in 1970 and requires government agencies to measure and reduce the environmental effects of new developments before they are built (link)
At issue is an environmental lawsuit that opposes Wal-Mart to build a new store. It's the same lawsuit that opposes Wal-Mart, each and every time they plan to build a new store, anywhere.
The caveat is that doing a ballot initiative will cost the City of Menifee $40,000.
Whether you support or oppose a new Wal-Mart, the point is that these legal challenges against Wal-Mart always somehow screws the taxpayers.
But it's not limited to Wal-Mart. It happens to everything.
Everyone in Menifee likes Countryside Marketplace right? Well there was also an environmental lawsuit tried to stop that from going in also (link)
If environmental lawsuits were more important than anything else, would Menifee even exist? Would Sun City even exist?