AEG Moves To Limit Environmental Lawsuits Over Farmer’s Field

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Will developers of a potential football stadium in downtown Los Angeles get special treatment in Sacramento when it comes to environmental law?

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports AEG is asking lawmakers to approve a fast-track provision for lawsuits in the event of any lawsuit on environmental grounds over Farmer’s Field.

The State Senate Select Committee on Sports and Entertainment will consider on Friday the traffic and economic impacts involving the construction of the 72,000-seat stadium.

But AEG wants to ensure any challenge against the stadium concerning environmental law would be dealt with in just three months through binding arbitration or a limited court review.

“Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea, ’cause once you do that, when are you going to stop?” said one resident. “What are other corporations going to think if they don’t get that special treatment?”

AEG officials say the objective is not to short-circuit the legal process, but rather to ensure that frivolous lawsuits won’t be used as a roadblock to the project.

The Legislature would have to take this issue up in the next few weeks to avoid any complications.


One Comment

  1. Hollywood Reporter says:

    All the right politicans in Sacramento will be bought off to agree with AEG.

    1. Den says:

      Bring the Los Angeles Chargers back home to Los Angeles. Fifty years is a long time to be away.

  2. KeithS says:

    Sorry, Hollywood reporter, I’m confused. You mean there are politicians in Sacramento? I only hear crickets and see life-sized mannequins every time I pass by the Capitol building. Oh wait, you’re right. They will need an emergency session to determine whether they want their seats on the home team or visiting team sideline. All a stadium means to a city is hype and another place to get drunk. Anyone thinking this stadium will help our economy and tax revenue are the same people who are waiting for the aliens in Roswell to open up their casino. .

  3. TT says:

    I dissagree my dear – The stadium means JOBS !, in construction,architecture, general labor, Light Industrial, designers on a small or large level – then when it actually IS a stadium…. that means they need administrative staff, assistants, managers, accountants, -thats just a few – THEN you have the actual teams and the players… and their staff….Thats all before it opens, then food service workers, cleaning people, vendors, -yes beer vendors too – it will be an awsome place to go have a good time – but the people that live here need jobs, and this stadium – pending all goes well will be wonderful – for alot of good people…..

  4. KeithS says:

    TT, several economic studies have been done proving otherwise. A recent one in regards to Pittsburgh, a city that added not one but two stadiums, pretty much showed a stadium gives a city pride and not much more over the long haul. Same as in Baltimore which has added two stadiums. As late as 2009 they still had the same unemployment rate as the national average and the fifth highest murder rate. Also, about 85% of the jobs will be seasonal, minimum wage jobs and the construction jobs will be gone as soon as they finish the structure. So I’ll give you 2 years is better than no years but to think this stadium, come 2015 or so, is going to a huge factor in getting LA back to what it was when the Rams were here, well let us just say it hasn’t happened in any city yet(if you can believe the economists) .

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