More underhanded tactics?
January 29, 2008
By KAREN VELIE
It could get ugly. Wal-Mart opponents will try tonight to derail Atascadero City Manager Wade McKinney’s plan to retain an “unbiased” consultant with unmistakable ties to the retail giant.
“I have no comment. You will have to talk to the city,” said Doug Svensson of Applied Development Economics when asked about his company’s alleged connections to Wal-Mart.
McKinney did not respond to UncoveredSLO.com’s requests for comment.
From Redding to Lodi, Red Bluff, Suisun, and Galt, the Walnut Creek-based consulting firm has given pro Wal-Mart testimony, provided pro-Wal-Mart economic and fiscal analysis, and generated numerous reports for Wal-Mart developers.