Turns out that the retail giant secured all the necessary construction permits in advance of the council considering a moratorium on large retail chains in Chinatown. The council just voted 13-0 to instruct the City Attorney to prepare a temporary ban on chain stores, but the Walmart store will move forward. From the LAT:
Robert “Bud” Ovrom, general manager of the city’s Building and Safety Department, told the council that Wal-Mart obtained the construction permits to renovate the ground floor of the building at the northwest corner of Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues on Thursday. The council’s vote on a moratorium had been planned for Friday. “This project is moving forward. This ordinance would not have any immediate impact on this project,” Ovrom told the council.