LOS ANGELES -- Wal-Mart Stores suffered a blow this month when the Los Angeles City Council's Housing, Community & Economic Development Committee voted 4-to-1 in favor of an ordinance that would effectively keep any supercenter from opening in the city. Based on the recommendations set forth by the council on Dec. 17, Mayor James Hahn's office has 30 days to draft an ordinance that would prohibit retailers of more than 100,000 square feet of space with more than 10% devoted to nontaxable ...

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