LOS ANGELES — The City Council here passed an ordinance Friday that will impose a moratorium on opening retail stores larger than 20,000 square feet in the Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles. However, Wal-Mart received construction permits Thursday to renovate an existing building where it plans to open a Neighborhood Market, and that project will move forward despite the ordinance, city officials said. According to Steve Restivo, senior director of community affairs for ...

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