Walmart lawsuit inching forward

Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat /

The state's highest court will hear arguments later this month in an ongoing lawsuit over Walmart's plans to add a grocery store in Sonora.

Sonora City Attorney Byron Smith said Monday that the California Supreme Court scheduled a hearing for arguments on May 28 in a San Francisco court room. The court agreed last year to review the case involving Walmart, the City of Sonora and an opposition citizens group.

"Typically, it takes between three and four months following (in-court arguments) for a written decision," Smith told the Sonora City Council.

The case boils down to whether a Sonora City Council decision in October 2010 was enough to waive any requirement for Walmart or the city to conduct an environmental impact report on the mega-retailer's expansion plans.

Walmart is planning to turn the Sanguinetti Road store into a "supercenter" that sells groceries.

Environmental impact reports are extensive studies that look at a project's impacts on traffic, air quality and wildlife.

For the complete story, see the May 6, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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