The San Diego City Council has repealed an ordinance that strictly regulated construction of Walmart Supercenters in the nation's eighth-largest city.
President Tony Young had a change of heart and joined a 7-1 majority Tuesday, saying he didn't want to force taxpayers to pay for a special election that would cost up to $3.4 million. He voted for the ordinance less than two months ago, overriding Mayor Jerry Sanders' veto.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said last week that it plans to build 12 stores in San Diego over the next five years, and the company gathered enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot asking voters to repeal the ordinance.
San Diego's rules required Walmart to study how Supercenters would affect the economy and traffic. Opponents of the measure say it amounted to a ban.