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Court upholds Walmart ruling

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014

ATASCADERO — The 2nd District Court of Appeals in Ventura issued a ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit over a proposed Walmart store in Atascadero, siding with the city and paving the way for the store to finally be built after years of controversy.

The group Save Atascadero, formerly known as Oppose Walmart filed a petition in early 2012 trying to invalidate the city’s approval of the new store at the corner of El Camino Real and Del Rio Road, claiming that the city didn’t properly complete environmental impact reports for the project.

In June of 2013 Judge Jac Crawford, of the Paso Robles branch of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, ruled to deny the petition. Save Atascadero appealed the decision, but the court decision this week upholds Crawford’s original ruling in favor of the city.

In a press release issued Wednesday by the City of Atascadero, Mayor Tom O’Malley expressed his sincere appreciation to the court for its careful consideration of the case.

“The city looks forward with great anticipation to this project now proceeding to completion,” O’Malley said.

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