Liveblogging the Walmart Vote

The City Council is set to vote this morning on a proposed 380 agreement with developer Michael Ainbinder, who plans to build a Walmart near the Heights. 

The vote could technically be delayed another week, but Mayor Parker said yesterday if a council member tries to do that, she'd overrule the move. 

So we expect a vote, and let's get started. 

10:19 a.m.: Nope, and the meeting is over. 

10:11 a.m.: The TV News cameras just rolled in. Wonder if any council members will start talking Walmart now. 

10:03 a.m.: Parker said she's appearing on ESPN later this afternoon with the Dallas mayor for a little "smackdown" before Sunday's Texans/Cowboys game. More Walmart please. 

9:53 a.m.: Noriega is asking anyone who has additional concerns or questions about the Ainbinder agreement to contact her office. Yikes. 

9:43 a.m.: Council members and the mayor are now praising Metro and its new president, George Greanias. Surely Noriega or Gonzalez will have something to say about Walmart. 

9:38 a.m.: Maybe all the anti-Walmart people who showed up yesterday are out protesting somewhere else, because they're not here. We don't even see Nick Urbano, president of the anti-Walmart group. 

9:35 a.m.: And Councilmember C.O. Bradford is the first. He said he has concerns about the process, and he thinks there's a level of comfort among city departments that think if an item simply gets on the council agenda, it will pass. Wait... Bradford voted Yes!

9:30 a.m.: The mayor said that is was "almost scary" how fast that happened. Hair Balls is sticking around to see if any council members want to talk about it after-the-fact. 

9:25 a.m.: The 380 agreement is approved. All council members are present, but other than Clutterbuck, no one spoke. Only Councilmembers Jones, Melissa Noriega and Ed Gonzalez -- the Walmart is going in his district -- voted "No." Mayor Parker voted "Yes."

9:17 a.m. Clutterbuck's amendments pass. The sentence we mentioned in yesterday's coverage is changed. 

9:16 a.m.: Vote is here. Jolanda Jones Wanda Adams calls for a "public roll-call vote." Councilmember Anne Clutterbuck is trying to amend the 380 agreement to give the mayor more control, and to put a cap on the reimbursement at $6 million. 

9:11 a.m.: Getting close. The anti-Walmart crowd did not turn out like it did yesterday. 

8:59 a.m: There's plenty of business on this agenda before the Ainbinder item, so it could be a little while -- 15 minutes or so -- before the real action starts.


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