December 10, 2012
Hood River City Council member Kate McBride explains her thoughts on the Wal-Mart expansion after being called back to the council dias to cast a tie breaking vote. McBride had previously recused herself from the vote.
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Like a ping-pong ball gone astray, the city’s latest ruling on Walmart – denying the proposed expansion of the West Cascade store – is ricocheting back onto the City Council’s paddle. The original zoning question “match” began on Feb. 23, 2011 when Walmart served the first volley, requesting a 30,000 square foot expansion of its Cascade Avenue site.
The deciding vote in what is likely to be a precedent setting land use decision was cast by someone who didn't even expect to be voting when she walked into the city council chambers.