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Chronology highlights Atascadero-Wal-Mart relationship 

Atascadero City Manager Wade McKinney and City Attorney Patrick Enright have compiled a summary of city staff's involvement in matters involving the Del Rio Road and El Camino Real intersection-the possible future site of a Super Wal-Mart-in response to allegations that the city has failed to provide access to negotiations with the mega box store as required by the California Public Records Act.

On May 18, McKinney denied that he or his staff had met or negotiated with anyone from Wal-Mart. On May 31, after a memo detailing staff meetings with Wal-Mart was leaked to New Times, McKinney admitted to two staff meetings with Wal-Mart officials, but denied the existence of any staff communications regarding Wal-Mart.

In mid-July, e-mails between city councilman George Luna and McKinney, which discuss potential Wal-Mart impact fees, were leaked to the press.

The 13-page summary dates back to 2002 and claims to provide a chronology that "exceeds a public records request." It's available to the public on the city's web site or in its entirety at the Atascadero City Hall.

"We believe [the chronology] to be a complete record of events, however, if anyone has additional information we would like to add it to the chronology," the document says.

"They are bending over backwards to make it look like they are coming clean, but there are a number of still-unanswered questions, such as who at city hall knew what and when about discussions regarding Wal-Mart paying fees for the Del Rio interchange," said local activist David Broadwater.

McKinney and Enright were unavailable for comment.

 

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