The ordinance would have prohibited any new retail of 20,000 square feet or more, although the ban would not have included Walmart's new Chinatown location. Council vote was 10-4 (they need 12 ayes). Another vote is possible on Wednesday, though the four holdouts - Jan Perry, Bernard Parks, Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino - are not likely to change sides. That's a good thing - no legislative body should prohibit a company from doing business in an area it chooses, so long as everything else is in order. I believe they call that free enterprise. From KPCC:
Labor supporters urged the council to keep Walmart out of the neighborhood, arguing that the low-wage jobs are harmful to employees. However, Councilman Bernard Parks, who represents parts of South Los Angeles, said any job is better than none. He also noted that low-income areas often lack access to grocery stores. "We are being held hostage over philosophical views and, particularly, this age-old discussion about high benefits, high wages," said Parks, adding that more generous companies don't often locate in working-class communities.
Walmart received its permit before the council was able to vote on the ban. The store is expected to open in December, pending a challenge in court.