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Schwarzenegger signs bill giving boost to NFL stadium plans in San Gabriel Valley [Updated]

Cityofindustry Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed legislation in the City of Industry that will make it easier to build a new football stadium in the San Gabriel Valley.

[Updated at 10:10 a.m.: This post previously said Schwarzenegger was scheduled to sign the bill.]

Developer Ed Roski Jr. wants to build an $800-million NFL stadium near the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways.

The legislation signed today would exempt the planned 75,000-seat stadium from state environmental laws. The bill is designed to speed up the planning process for the stadium.

But even with the signing, the stadium faces hurdles.

It remains unclear whether such a large project -- which would include retail and office space, as well as practice fields and banquet facilities -- could get construction loans amid the 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.

Another big issue is naming rights, which would be a major source of new revenue for the stadium. Amid the recession, companies have shown little interest in big naming contracts at stadiums, including new NFL venues in Dallas and New York.

Schwarzenegger explained his decision to sign the bill, saying it will create jobs and provide a new venue of entertainment in Southern California.

-- Shelby Grad

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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Whoa! Another fools errand for the big girly man in Sacramento. The cartoon buffoon is dead set on *completely* ruining the golden state. Just look at the record. Hey Arnold, we don't need new entertainment, we need health care and jobs. Los Angelenos have voted with their feet on the NFL. We don't want it in Southern California. Look at the proof. NO football team, who cares? Schwarzy is a feeble minded wart who loves attention, but doesn't like to work for the people of California. he only likes self aggrandizing B.S.

Looks like another clear case of catering to big business. Anyone else would have to go through environmental impact studies and all the usual "red Tape." Is he going to have the stadium named after him. I wonder what cost there may be to this tied to the state. Of course he could always make the State Emloyees (Excluding the C.H.P), of course, take another furlough day to help finance it.

Wow, how interesting. How typical, we do not push for a planned transit system to connect this stadium or this major commercial hub to Los Angeles.

TRAFFIC is the key and I dont know how the govt. can exempt such a large project without mitigating the traffic issues..

A recommendation..DONT DO TROLLEY, BUS, VANPOOLS, OR CARPOOLS.. tHE DO NOT WORK....think outside the box and make it work

"governor today will sign legislation that would exempt the planned 75,000-seat stadium from state environmental laws."

The associated story stated "Steinberg cited the double-digit unemployment rate in Los Angeles County as a reason for granting the exemption".

That is a horrible excuse for exemption! So if the economy was better, there wouldn't be an exemption? Why wouldn't you want to follow the laws to make sure we don't ruin the environment? All this talk about going green and then our govt does this.

All talk, no action when it's about money.

Bypass state environmental laws? Aren't those there for a reason???

Why is Ed Roski not held to the same standards as everyone else when it comes to building new projects? If his stadium is being held up over environmental issues, then why don't they actually ADDRESS those problems instead of avoiding them?

Just when Schwarzenegger starts to act semi-decent, he goes and signs legislation so that his rich buddies can get richer.

The Governor's action prevents the project from receiving any meaningful scrutiny, proving once again that money talks, especially if it yells "jobs", regardless of any review to see if the job claims are true or substantial. There may be truth to the claims, but will they be meaningful jobs or will they be once a week for eight games part-time labor? Construction jobs are temporary, but I am sure that the traffic problems that will be created at that already jammed 57/60 intersection will be insurmountable and forever. Ed Roski has bags of money (I think liberally spread around), major influence and starpower since his involvement in the Staples Center. However, he is a developer and they will say anything to "sell" the benefits of their project.

IF the project is that good that beneficial to us all (not that I care a whit about football), it should be able to sail through the environmental review, the same environmental review that you or I would not get waived if we were developing a business center. So the strategy to getting an EIR dropped for your major development of office and retail space? Add a stadium or something that elected officials can be sold on. Its seem to have worked here. Arnold had no right to do this. It means only one thing, it would have NOT passed the EIR, or would have added remuneration steps too costly to make the project "pencil out" as the developers say. Developers are marketers and salesmen, politicians are are gullible or astute to see which way the wind blows. Well that is exactly what the Governor's action does, it blows.

As a resident of the Bay Area: Can you take the Raiders back? Please?

The backroom must have been filled to capacity to get this crap legislation passed. Not only does exemplify the role big business play in politics it is atrocious hypocrisy towards the environmental platform that California supposedly represents.

The other concern is: if and when the NFL decides to return to L.A. the stadium must be centrally located like the Staples Center and Dodger Stadium in order to properly identify with the city.

Traffic in the are already sucks, and you want to add more. Build it in Brentwood.

What happened to equal protection under the law. No other developer, except for the very wealthy Roski, has the clout to have the State override its own laws. What happened to local control? If the pending lawsuits had no merit, which the apologists for this project seem to suggest, then let them have their day and risk being laughed out of court. The fact that Roski took such an unorthodox path to bypass environmental regulations that every other development in the state is subject to indicates that there is something to hide.

Shame on the so-called environmentally sensitive Democrats (Bass, Steinberg, et al) for siding with Roski on this one. I hope no NFL team answers the call, and this stadium can just sit as a monument to Sacramento stupidity and arrogance.

Needed boost to the economy, with the leadership of Walnut, city of industry, diamond bar & Los angeles.. I believe this will prove to increase TRAFFIC yes, but not long.. I can see a Katella Ave in the near future.. if you dont like traffic.. move the heck outta LA, were in LA have you ever been that there was not any traffic? LA is only getting bigger, so basicaly would you rather wait and do nothing or do something and work it out right!?

Rowland Heights,CA 91748

Why don't they build this Stadium in the heart of Los Angeles. They can clear a lot of blight out south and east of Downtown for this and take advantage of the metro system. This is another example of putting a huge impactful development that is going to create lots of traffic away from any sort of transit. What the hell?

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a state statute, and as such can be modified by the state government. Making this particular project statutorily exempt from environmental review would simply put it in the same company as the 1984 Olympics, prisons in a number of locations throughout the state, the extension of existing mass transit lines, rail grade separation projects, and other projects specifically excluded from the statute.

arnold ur on dope !


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