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Schwarzenegger signs bill boosting NFL stadium plans in San Gabriel Valley

Cityofindustry Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed a bill to help speed up construction of an NFL stadium in the San Gabriel Valley.

The legislation exempts the proposed 75,000-seat stadium from state environmental laws and is intended to hasten the planning process. The $800-million project by developer Ed Roski Jr. is planned near the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways.

“This is the best kind of action state government can create: action that cuts red tape, generates jobs, is environmentally friendly and brings a continued economic boost to California,” Schwarzenegger said. “This legislation allows us to move forward with the construction of the nation’s greenest football stadium and create thousands of jobs.”

Construction of the 3-million-square-foot stadium complex is estimated to create more than 18,000 jobs, according to a statement on the governor’s website.

The complex will include an orthopedic hospital, a movie and live performance theater, and office and retail space. But even in the wake of the bill signing, the stadium faces obstacles. It remains unclear whether such a large project could get construction loans amid the current credit crunch.

This issue has stalled several other mega-projects in Southern California, including the Frank Gehry-designed Grand Avenue development in downtown Los Angeles.

-- Raja Abdulrahim

Photo: A rendering of the City of Industry site, which would contain retail and office space, practice fields and banquet facilities. Credit: Mike Amaya / Meis Architects

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Money talks. And I think that Ed Roski's clearly speaks louder than most, for sure more than mine. If the rule of law is that you do an EIR for a project, exempting it means Mr. Roski has access to elected officials and is special. No doubt these same elected officials will have very liberal access to events at the sports venue, and somehow that is legal. I don't care about football, I care about the safety of drivers on and the availability of lane space on the 57/60 and the 57/60 interchange. An EIR would have addressed that, probably did, but now they won't have to open their wallets to cover all costs. So when the 57/60 ultimately grinds to a complete halt on game days (or an untold number of live performance theater event days), who will be on the hook for making the freeway improvements? You've got it, the taxpayer, with our gas tax dollars going to making the newly required freeway improvements. So don't tell me that Mr. Roski and his investors will be "paying for everything". Its not going to happen, keep an eye your wallet, not that you can do anything about it, you don't have the access to elected officials that Ed has.

wow..i thought we are in recession?? how about spend that money to jobless people??? build a new company that could able to hire this people..i really feel bad about them. god bless our country

First, for a project this size to be exempt from having to file an Environmental Impact Report undermines the governor's claim that a stadium will be "environmentally friendly". Without conducting an EIR, they would have no way of knowing! This is a mockery of environmental laws that are established to provide the public with information about the health and environmental impact of development and a formal way to express their concerns. Essentially, the governor is keeping the public uninformed and gagging environmentalists so that he can pretend that he's doing something to reduce unemployment and generate money for California's economy. But will this actualy make money for California, or will it just tansfer it from one part region (say Oakland) to another (Los Angeles)? The key here is not whether this will create jobs, but will this attract foreign investors that will pump some serious money into California's economy.

Second, having a clean environment does not have to come at the cost of having a productive and thriving economy. They go hand-in-hand.

That's all good for a team to come to ca. But, don't bring those cheesing raiders back over here they are all cry baby's just like al davis.......

Bring the Rams back a real man's team.....

Two Environmental Impact reports have already be fully completed for the proposed stadium. That is why the governor stated that the law suit was frivolous. Sometimes you just can't reason with idiots, such as the eight Walnut residents that didn't want to settle. BTW, they held out in order to get a dome over the stadium! I suppose they forget that we really never get any substantial amounts of rain. Their idea would have actually increased our carbon footprint.

Check this link out if you'd like to read the report for yourself.


"Schwarzenegger vetoes bill restricting insurers' ability to cancel policies of sick patients "

"Scwarzenegger signs bill boosting NFL stadium plans in San Gabriel Valley"

You should be apalled too. His priorities lie where the money is at .
Instead of going back and forth about which team u want here etc...
Pay attention to what is REALLY going on people !

You guys can have the redskins. We here in Washington will take our chances with the expansion team. Must take owner too.

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