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Sat, Dec. 07

Editorial: Let's hope Wal-Mart ordeal is really over

Yogi Berra said it many years ago, but his remark, "It ain't over 'til it's over," easily could have applied to the location of a Wal-Mart store in Prescott Valley.

A quick recap for those who have been vacationing on Mars: Nearly a year ago, the Prescott Valley Town Council approved a rezoning to allow construction of a Wal-Mart near the intersection of Glassford Hill Road and Lakeshore Drive.

Local 99 of the United Food and Commercial Workers formed Protect Prescott Valley and launched a referendum drive to overturn the rezoning. The question went on the ballot. Wal-Mart bankrolled Friends of Prescott Valley, Yes on 400 to support the rezoning.

Proposition 400 won 66-to-34-percent voter approval at the polls. Prescott Valley will have a Wal-Mart store. After the election, Protect Prescott Valley complained that Friends of Prescott Valley, Yes on 400 had not reported campaign contributions and expenditures properly before the election. Friends of Prescott Valley, Yes on 400 faced a $30,000 fine but made a deal with Town Attorney Ivan Legler to pay $22,500 to settle the dispute. Then Friends of Prescott Valley, Yes on 400 filed a campaign finance complaint against Protect Prescott Valley, saying that it had not reported its campaign contributions and expenditures properly either.

Protect Prescott Valley was facing a $10,000 fine from Legler but has agreed to pay $7,500 to settle the case.

For those readers still awake, an old Watergate-era phrase might apply. Let's hope this is the "final, definitive decision" on the matter and that it is over.

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