LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to boost developer Anschutz Entertainment Group’s bid to build a $1.2 billion football stadium in downtown Los Angeles.
Supporters say the project could create thousands of jobs while remaining environmentally friendly.
The bill will put a 175-day time limit on legal challenges to the proposal by AEG. Lawsuits would also bypass the Los Angeles County Superior Court system and go straight to the 2nd District Court of Appeal.
“It’s time for big thinking and big projects that put Californians back to work,” Brown said. “Projects like Farmers Field can create thousands of jobs during a tough economic time, so it is imperative for the state to cut the red tape that could delay projects like this for years.”
Brown says the stadium plan would create 12,000 construction jobs and 11,000 permanent jobs, that is if an NFL team ends up moving to Los Angeles.
If the developers do not get a commitment from a team, there will not be a stadium.
A rival group, Majestic Realty, has also proposed an alternate project outside Los Angeles which remains pending.