When Walmart came to the City of Merced with idea of opening a distribution center it seemed like a good idea. It would bring jobs to an area with one of the state's highest unemployment rates. But a group of local residents say that Walmart's benefits to Merced will be mixed at best.
Hundreds of trucks spewing diesel fumes, say Wal Mart opponents, will not better Merced's already damaged air quality.
This week "Off The 99" brought both sides of the debate to our studio in the Merced Sun-Star to discuss this contentious issue.