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Judge to hear Supercenter case in October
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A Stanislaus County Superior Court judge is scheduled on Oct. 5 to hear the challenge of Citizens for Ceres against the city of Ceres in its approval of the Mitchell Ranch Shopping Center and anchor tenant the Walmart Supercenter.

Meyers and Nave is defending the city in the case.

The city approved the commercial project but the citizens group contends the environmental review was flawed and want the judge to overturn the approval.

The briefing schedule includes an opening brief on Aug. 24, a response by the city by Sept. 14, the Citizens response by Sept. 26 and a hearing on Oct. 5.

"They are continuing to battle over the content of the administrative record and that process has consumed an incredibly long period of time and is apparently approaching its end," said City Attorney Michael Lyions. "That's why they set a briefing schedule."

Citizens for Ceres may take a writ to the Appelatte Court to challenge what the judge has decided to be in the administrative record, said Lyions.