With an unanimous vote, the Lodi City Council decided Wednesday not to appeal a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge’s ruling that invalidated the city’s environmental review of the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter project.
Council members made their decision during a closed session prior to regular meeting Wednesday evening.
Judge Elizabeth Humprehy’s ruled in December that the city’s environmental impact review did not take into account the impact on Lodi’s economy of other Wal-Mart projects in the area.
That ruling was a victory of Steve Herum, the Stockton attorney who is representing the private citizens’ group Lodi First.
Wal-Mart representatives have said in the past the company is committed to building in Lodi and believes the Supercenter project has the support of the majority of Lodi residents.