"The Hercules City Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to begin eminent domain proceedings to try to forcibly take 17 acres owned by Wal-Mart.A city government thinks it's role is to take 17 acres from Wal-Mart because it thinks people in the community, people who do not own the property, should be able to have different plans for the development of Wal-Mart's property.
The retailer wants to put a big-box store on the site.
But city officials have different plans for the property. They say construction of a giant Wal-Mart store near the bay does not fit with development plans for the community of 24-thousand people."
UPDATE 9-14-06: I noticed something written by Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog that suggests Wal-Mart is often on the other side of the use of eminent domain.