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Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 12:00 am

Although the Lodi City Council approved a project for a Walmart Supercenter at the corner of Lower Sacramento Road and Kettleman Lane in March, the project has not moved forward with obtaining permits because it has not received approval from a San Joaquin Superior Court judge.

The 340,000-square-foot project must obtain the court's approval because of a past court decision in which Judge Elizabeth Humphreys struck down the Walmart's initial environmental impact reports; now she must approve the revised report.

The groups Lodi First and Citizens for Open Government have sued over the proposed Supercenter.

Thursday, representatives from Walmart, Citizens for Open Government and Lodi First met in court to present their arguments.

Brett Jolley, an attorney representing Lodi First, said the issue of climate change, urban blight and groundwater usage were not taken into consideration by the environmental report and therefore it's invalid.

"Omitting information from the Environmental Impact Report is prejudicial," said Jolley.

Arthur Friedman, an attorney for Walmart, said the Environmental Impact Report is in line with context of the California Environmental Quality Act and has already been decided on.

Thursday's hearing is yet another chapter in Lodi's Walmart Supercenter saga that shows no sign of ending in the near future.

"She knows the issue and is very well prepared," said John Marshall, who was representing Citizens for Open Government, about Judge Humphreys' approach to the hearing. Marshall said it was important for both sides to offer their full arguments so she could take everything into consideration.

He said he wasn't expecting a decision at the end of the hearing and suggested no timeline of when one could be made.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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47 comments:

  • posted at 10:23 am on Fri, Feb 19, 2010.

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    Pre$$ure$on, as a matter of fact they closed a 3 year old Sam’s club which is one Of the 16 they are closing.. Now we use Costco which is passable but I prefer Sam’s.. We have 2 SWM. 4 Fred Myers 2 of which are 1&½ times the size of a SWM..4 Albertsons all this is in the Nampa, Meridian and Eagle area.. By the way the SWM’s are super clean and the same goes for the parking lot..

     
  • posted at 8:20 am on Fri, Feb 19, 2010.

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    Gator, didn't they close either a Walmart or Sam's Club in the Boise_Nampa metropolitan area lately?

     
  • posted at 5:15 am on Fri, Feb 19, 2010.

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    How long you people going to beat thisdog..

     
  • posted at 3:49 am on Fri, Feb 19, 2010.

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    larryh2000 wrote on Feb 12, 2010 9:10 AM:" Forget a super wal mart lets keep food for less and safeway open. I do use are wal mart and like it just the way it is. "I Agree.

     
  • posted at 4:37 pm on Thu, Feb 18, 2010.

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    "Omitting information from the Environmental Impact Report is prejudicial," said Jolley.Is there something illegal about this?

     
  • posted at 1:29 am on Wed, Feb 17, 2010.

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    Observer: Typical of you.

     
  • posted at 12:18 am on Wed, Feb 17, 2010.

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    Oh, I'm here Lodian...glad you missed me. I'm just choosing to take the advice regarding "getting in a pen with a pig".

     
  • posted at 2:42 pm on Tue, Feb 16, 2010.

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    I think Observer is out shopping at SWM with those pseudo snob friends again. lol!

     
  • posted at 8:27 am on Mon, Feb 15, 2010.

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    Observer: Pseudo snobs? LOL! Looks like you need to find new friends. "Birds of a feather..."I have never said that I hadn't been to a Walmart. In fact I have been to Walmart plenty of times and that is how I have formed my personal opinion on the subject. However, I will not go to that nasty SWM in Stockton again as, IMO, it's a pit...a dangerous pit. We already have a Walmart in Lodi. I say leave it at that... no SWM needed here.

     
  • posted at 11:20 am on Sun, Feb 14, 2010.

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    See Lodian, many of my close personal friends are pseudo snobs like yourself. They are closet Walmart shoppers. They will never admit you will find them in the store but you can run into them around 6:00 am when they think no one else will run into them. We have great arguments about this all of the time. Especially after a couple of bottles of wine.

     
  • posted at 11:17 am on Sun, Feb 14, 2010.

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    Better idea.....why don't you shove off to Galt ;-).

     
  • posted at 9:32 am on Sun, Feb 14, 2010.

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    Blah blah blah... IMO, a SWM is a dump and not a good fit for Lodi, period. Time for the SWM idea to shove off and head to Galt, where it actually looks like they don't want them either.

     
  • posted at 9:31 am on Sun, Feb 14, 2010.

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    Hint to Observer... it's not the financially less fortunate.

     
  • posted at 9:30 am on Sun, Feb 14, 2010.

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    Observer wrote "Who do you think Walmart benefits the most?"Are you serious? lol!

     
  • posted at 7:09 am on Sun, Feb 14, 2010.

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    I read both articles (thank you) and found nothing new in them. All have been discussed on this board ad nauseam and all are a part of the public record. Press....your position on this Walmart issue is puzzling. You have always represented and advocated for those less fortunate. Who do you think Walmart benefits the most? You also demand honesty and public disclosure. Why are you not demanding that from Lodi First or Citizen's for Open Government and who is funding them. You need to be consistent.

     
  • posted at 4:33 am on Sun, Feb 14, 2010.

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    Observer, no comment on those last two links? Or did the stink from city hall slay you? Shows what your mentors at city hall really think about the citizenry.

     
  • posted at 1:18 pm on Sat, Feb 13, 2010.

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    And another observer:http://walmartwatch.com/battlemart/archives/lodi_ca_planning_commission_says_no_wal_mart_files_appeal/

     
  • posted at 7:04 am on Sat, Feb 13, 2010.

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    Observer, I'm still looking for lodifirst and I did come up with a link.http://www.lodi.gov/clerk/aaPDFimages/m05-13-09.pdf Valuable information about conversations council had with Walmart and Browman.

     
  • posted at 1:19 am on Sat, Feb 13, 2010.

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    Judy, don't forget there are wealthy and concerned citizens in Lodi that are connected with these groups that don't like the system currently in place in Lodi and are fighting the system, some because they've been cheated or duped by your little circle of darkness in Lodi. They are not going away and continue to contribute and wage the opposition to these projects to keep the bullies honest and adhere to the same rules you and I do.

     
  • posted at 2:23 pm on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    I hope a SWM is built in Lodi, but sometimes it's worth a trip to Stockton to shop there. I don't know why the other stores would be afraid of the competition, because they offer some things that Wal Mart doesn't. Food 4 Less might suffer, though.

     
  • posted at 1:51 pm on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    To stop Super Walmart from being built because the EIR was not legal is absurd. The Reynolds Ranch EIR is DEFINITELY not legal for what they are currently building. When the changes were requested before the CC without a new EIR, Susan Hitchock said if there was any protest, the current EIR would NOT stand up in court. The RR EIR was done for a completely different project than what they are building. Lodi First and Citizens for Open Government - even the names of these groups are ridiculous. As stated by others, just who belongs to these groups? If Lodi First truly wants to put Lodi first, why are they only opposing SWM? Citizens for Open Government - how can you have open government when you hide who you are and what your true reasons are for filing a lawsuit against SWM? Both of these groups have shown their true hands by not opposing Costco and Home Depot building in Lodi with an illegal EIR. It is sad that these groups are showing they do not believe in open business competition in Lodi.

     
  • posted at 12:13 pm on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on Feb 12, 2010 4:14 PM:" oops, observer. T$C what makes you think I'm a Walmart hater?Oh give us all a break pre$$ure$on!You don't whine about Costco or Home Depot, only ANYTHING that is related to Wal-Mart Supercenter!Oh wait! I get it! pre$$ure$on's question was a joke! Ha Ha!

     
  • posted at 12:10 pm on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Observer wrote on Feb 12, 2010 5:00 PM:" That's what makes me so suspicious. I do have a pretty idea of what's going on and I don't have a clue to who Lodi First might be. I know Citizens for Open Government has been headed by Ann Cerney and a few of her friends but I lost faith in them when they withdrew their opposition to the Winco store and had their attorney fees paid. Poof....gone. "You're onto something here Observer. It would be so cool if just one Lodi First member would "Spill the beans" on everything about who their members are and who is backing them financially! We already know who is, but to have it leaked out "Documentation wise" Would be soooo embarassing for the big grocery chains! But I know that won't happen.

     
  • posted at 12:07 pm on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on ! "You sure seem to know "EVERYTHING" the City Counsel members are doing! I am amazed, truly amazed that one single citizen knows every corrupt thing that has happened and is going on in Lodi!I'm sorry, I don't have any sympathy for you or your accusations.

     
  • posted at 12:04 pm on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on Feb 12, 2010 4:07 PM:" Oobserver, I apologize, but I swear I was on their websites when the SWM resurfaced again. Busy tonight so will go to my past url's and try to find them. Apparently, they were taken down.Like hit $ run. "Oh this is just "Great"!Now pre$$ure$on is trying to imply that the Evil Wal-Mart Supercenter supporters "TOOK DOWN" the Lodi First and Citizens for open government websites! What will he come up with next?

     
  • posted at 11:00 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    That's what makes me so suspicious. I do have a pretty idea of what's going on and I don't have a clue to who Lodi First might be. I know Citizens for Open Government has been headed by Ann Cerney and a few of her friends but I lost faith in them when they withdrew their opposition to the Winco store and had their attorney fees paid. Poof....gone.

     
  • posted at 10:14 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    oops, observer. T$C what makes you think I'm a Walmart hater? I'm not. I'm just against the back room tactics our councils try to sneak their projects through. Besides Walmart, redevelopment comes to mind. Why don't you ask those council persons if they are getting present or future perks or cash for those yes votes. And yes, Mr. Jolley gets compensated very well to keep people and issues honest. If you or observer have any real connections in Lodi, you would know who is spearheading Lodi first. That question is like asking the three yes votes who gave their campaign those $99 checks by the oodles. Would you expect them to tell you?

     
  • posted at 10:07 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Oobserver, I apologize, but I swear I was on their websites when the SWM resurfaced again. Busy tonight so will go to my past url's and try to find them. Apparently, they were taken down.Like hit $ run.

     
  • posted at 8:01 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    And what's really fascinating to me is that Costco will have a much bigger impact on the grocery stores than Walmart.

     
  • posted at 7:42 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Let's not forget "Raley's" has a huge stake in the Wal-Mart Supercenter fight as well as Food-4-Less, Safewayand S-Mart.

     
  • posted at 7:40 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Well Mr. Brett Jolley, attorney for Lodi First or Citizens for Open Government; my only question to you is how much money has been paid to you by these two groups to delay Wal-Mart Supercenter?Come on; be transparent! "SHOW US THE MONEY"!

     
  • posted at 7:36 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Thursday's hearing is yet another chapter in Lodi's Walmart Supercenter saga that shows no sign of ending in the near future.This is so true! "Lodi First or Citizens for Open Government" AKA "Union Backed Grocery Chains in Lodi, will NEVER stop filing an APPEAL if it will DELAY Construction of Wal-Mart Supercenter! I am ashamed of Safeway, Food-4-Less, S-Mart, and Safeway, because by filing lawsuit after lawsuit to delay Wal-mart Supercenter, they are showing each and every Lodi Citizen they have "NO INTENTION" of lowering their food prices to compete with wal-mart supercenter! They like their profit margin just the way it is.

     
  • posted at 7:31 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on ?Why are you afraid to "DISCLOSE" who the Leaders of "Lodi First" and "Citizens For Open Government" are and who FUNDS their activities, and who their membership includes?Why do these two groups "REFUSE" to be transparent? What have they got to fear?There is nothing to fear from Wal-Mart Supercenter other then "Forcing High Priced Grocery Chains" to Lower their PROFIT margin to remain competitive!Lodi Families going grocery shopping deserve FAIR and REASONABLE priced Food!Are you going to disagree with me pre$$ure$on?

     
  • posted at 7:25 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on Feb 12, 2010 8:52 AM:" T$C, just how will you get to the Galt SWM?"Why do I have to be the one to EDUCATE you pre$$ure$on?There is a Galt bus that communtes between Lodi and Galt!Geez! I have to explain everything to you!

     
  • posted at 7:23 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Hey pre$$ure$on!I just love the comments you wal-mart supercenter haters spew in these forums!SCARE TACTICS have never worked.

     
  • posted at 7:00 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Pressure...I have "googled" both organization and cannot find a website. Could you please provide the web address. Thanks.

     
  • posted at 4:53 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    ckmom, the narrow minds are on the city council, Hansen, Johnson and Katzakian were the three votes to overturn their own planning commission and allow the project to go forward, although the paperwork and EIR were still insufficient to allow Browman to do so. If your council would have patiently waited for a revised EIR, SWM would have probably started sitework by now. Although the new issue is the sale of the existing building to Mr. Browman, the developer. And at least one of those council members was involved in personal conversations with Browman and SWM aand was warned to stop immediately. In my opinion, i would tend to think it was all three of them having back door meetings to try to correct the major blunder they caused by overturning the planning commission. Looks like they let their power and ego trip go to their head and now are only trying to rectify their poor decision making. I believe Citizens for Open Government and Lodi First have websites. Why not check them out? Or are some of you afraid to find out the truth about the corruption that is used by some here in Lodi?

     
  • posted at 3:52 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    OMG..I am so tired of the "fighting" going on with the Walmart battle. Lodi First....what a joke. I'm sure if Walmart hadn't spent so much fighting the opposition they would say "forget it" As I said before, 95% of the Lodi population can make their decision on where to shop whether it be Safeway, Save Mart ,Target, Food for Less or the farmers market. Walmart is not going to put anyone "out of business", the economy might. Maybe Obama and the government can "Bail those stores out" if that happens...........I'm sure a company or two have deceided to take their business elsewhere instead of dealing with the narrow minds of some.

     
  • posted at 3:13 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    When unions first organized, their intent was to provide descent working conditions for the people. They were needed back then. Now they are just money grabbing businesses.Good posts, TC & Observer on the WalMart issue. Who in the heck is Lodi First and Citizens for Open Government anyway? How are they being funded?

     
  • posted at 3:10 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Forget a super wal mart lets keep food for less and safeway open. I do use are wal mart and like it just the way it is.

     
  • posted at 3:03 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Pressure, there is nothing wrong with unions, why don't they identify themselves? You're always preaching about being above board and honest. Why can't Lodi First? You of all people should be demanding to know who these people are and who is funding them.

     
  • posted at 2:52 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    T$C, just how will you get to the Galt SWM? Cogito, a little biased, aren't you? Or maybe a lot? Just what is wrong with unions? Are you afraid some common citizen is able to get a job and a retirement that not only pay well but allow one to retire early and create another good job for someone else.

     
  • posted at 2:46 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Neither Costco or Home Depot will be organized, as far as I know, so what has the grocers' union got to do with them? It has to do with Walmart not being able to fulfill their contractual obligations and your own city council making their own planning commission look like dunces by saying they were wrong in denying Walmart because the paperwork was lacking and was insufficient to approve their EIR. You can thank your cc member friends that approved the project over their own planning commission. Mr. Mooney will make the three yes votes regret their biased decision for many years to come. And if you haven't foigured out that Mr. Gillespie is a very special friend of those three cc reps, you are more than naive.

     
  • posted at 2:04 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    The Grocery Union Chains... "I mean "LODI FIRST" will create every possible "OBSTACLE" to delay Wal-Mart Supercenter from breaking ground near them because they know "competitive and fair pricing for groceries" is a "THREAT" to their excessive PROFIT margin! Safeway, Raley's and Safeway like the situation exactly as it is.As much of a inconvenience as it would be, I hope Wal-Mart Supercenter will start over and either open in Galt or on the East side of Lodi! Lodi First has the hope that if "They can create delays for years at Millions of dollars in legal fees" that wal-mart gives up! How sad what greed does for some grocery chains.

     
  • posted at 2:01 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Observer, unions are unconcerned about fairness. They are willing to bankrupt anybody and anything as long as they get theirs.

     
  • posted at 12:44 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    Let it go, move to the county and build the store there, they could use the tax money.

     
  • posted at 12:13 am on Fri, Feb 12, 2010.

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    This isn't about an EIR or global warming. It's about the grocer's union protecting their turf. How else can you justify the Costco/Home Depot passing without one peep from Lodi First or Citizens for Open Government (We still don't know who they are). Quite frankly I'm pleased to see the addition of Costco and Home Depot. But to me it's not about the "store" names.....it's about fairness and competing on a level playing field.

     

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