"...three adjacent cities in southern California (Oxnard, Ventura, and Camarillo) kept outbidding one another (with tax breaks) to attract large stores to their respective shopping centers. After several years of such maneuvering, one council member concluded, 'this is not about creating new business. This is about spending $30 million to move two stores three miles.' The competition for business investment results in a 'race to the bottom' in which the burden is gradually shifted from businesses to residents."
--From Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-First Century, Dreier, Mollenkopf, and Swanstrom
Gotta love suburban sprawl.