by Jim Nintzel
Wal-Mart says it's looking out for Tucsonans this year with the Consumer Choice initiative, which--if passed by voters on the November ballot--would bust the city’s ban on grocery sales at Big Box stores. Good ol’ Wally-Mart says it’s unfair that the city is blocking it from undercutting grocery stores that have union workers and pay decent wages.
We’re hearing whispers from City Hall that the proposed proposition may face a legal challenge, because it involves zoning law, which isn’t subject to the initiative process.
Pete Zimmerman, the political consultant handling the initiative drive, says he thinks the effort is on solid legal ground.
“I’m not a lawyer, but our lawyers think otherwise,” says Zimmerman, who remains hopeful that his signature gatherers will have enough petitions to make the ballot. “We’re operating from a standpoint that this is a restraint-of-trade issue.”
More on the initiatives in next week’s Skinny.