City of Ventura Ban on Big Box Stores, Measure C (November 2009)

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A Ban on Big Box Stores citizen-led initiative measure will appear on the November 3, 2009 ballot in the City of Ventura, in Ventura County, California. Approximately 8,000 signatures were gathered for ballot qualification purposes.

The initiative bans any new store that is larger than 90,000 square feet from selling groceries.

After initiative supporters collected enough signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot, the city council had the option of whether to approve the initiated legislation as written, or have it go on the ballot. On December 15, 2008, the council made the decision to allow the initiative to go to the ballot.

Some council members spoke against the initiative, saying it could hurt the area's economy.

The initiative does not mention "Wal-Mart", but its supporters began working on the initiative after news surfaced that Wal-Mart wanted to replace a former K-mart store on Victoria Avenue with a store of its own.

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