FROM Will Evans
Walmart Uses Ballot Threats to Push New Stores Walmart is increasingly using California's initiative system and budget woes to expand in the state, according to a new report from California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting. In cities across the state, Walmart has circulated petitions to build new stores or eliminate local restrictions on big-box retailers. With enough signatures, state law requires cities to approve the petitions or hold a special election. With cash-strapped cities opting out of costly elections, Walmart's strategy has pushed through four new superstores in the past year and rolled back regulations in San Diego. Will Evans wrote the story for California Watch .
BP Gets Millions in Stimulus for California Power Plant Oil giant BP is under heavy pressure from Washington to pay for the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon blowout . At the same time, it’s collecting $308 million in stimulus money for its role in building a power plant near Bakersfield. Will Evans is reporting that story for California Watch , a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting.
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