STOP CERES WALMART WINNING, FOR NOW…

The group that sued the city of Ceres and Wal-Mart over a proposed Supercenter and lost has appealed the Stanislaus Superior Court decision. The appeal, filed with the court Jan. 26, further delays the construction of a Walmart Supercenter slated for Mitchell and Service roads, approved by the City Council in 2011. In November, Superior Court Judge Roger Beauchesne ruled in favor of Ceres and Wal-Mart on all 10 arguments filed by the plaintiff, Citizens for Ceres. The group, which has more than 140 members, according to spokeswoman Sherri Jacobson, is represented by Stockton-based attorney Brett Jolley. He has filed about 10 similar lawsuits against Wal-Mart around the state on behalf of groups in cities including Sonora, Tracy and Lodi. “We are disappointed, but this is not unexpected,” said City Manager Toby Wells. “We are aware of these other cases and this is the standard procedure (for Jolley).” Citizens for Ceres sought to decertify the project’s environmental impact report on the grounds it failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act. Erin Tracey writing in Ceres group appeals court decision over Walmart Supercenter for the Modesto Bee.
Brett Jolley bears watching. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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