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L.A. councilwoman calls for report on downtown football stadium proposal

A member of the Los Angeles City Council called Tuesday for a report on how a new downtown NFL stadium would effect operations at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which would share the proposed site.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who heads the council committee that deals with tourism and trade, said she wants updates on all of the negotiations that are at play in a possible NFL deal.

“I think it’s a great idea to bring a football stadium to our city,” she said in a statement. “However, since the Convention Center is a city asset, we need to know the potential impacts that these plans may have on it.”

Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns Staples Center next door to the convention center, has been talking up the idea of taking it over, demolishing a portion and building a stadium with a retractable roof as part of the facility.

In her request for a briefing, Hahn noted that the city pays $46 million annually on debt incurred from the last major renovation of the convention center. She also said the city’s top budget official was considering asking outside companies to present proposals for privately managing the convention center.

Hahn has had extensive political ties to AEG in recent years. That company was the biggest donor to a ballot measure that rolled back term limits, allowing her to successfully seek a third four-year term. In addition, that company’s lobbyist is Chris Modrzejewski. His wife, Denise Modrzejewski, has been a fundraiser for two of Hahn’s reelection campaigns.

Between 2005 and 2009, Hahn’s council committees paid Denise Modrzejewski’s company, Niko Consulting, nearly $75,000, according to Ethics Commission records. Niko also raised money for Proposition A, Hahn’s 2008 anti-gang ballot measure, which fell just shy of the votes needed for passage in 2008.

Hahn said through a spokesman Tuesday that she no longer retains Denise Modrzejewski as her fundraiser. She also said that she made the motion on her own, without prompting from the Modrzejewskis.

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Comments () | Archives (8)

Good reporting. That's what we need to know. Who's in bed with who.

Does the City Council-driven March ballot initiative that would ban contributions from people seeking contracts with city apply to AEG and their football deal? Funny, that initiative doesn't appear to apply to the unions that run our city either.

would "affect" operations, not "effect" operations.

this councilwoman doesn't know the way to the covention center what gives her the right to comment.... stupid woman go back to San Pedro

Let's see how many Coliseum Commission people are behind this latest derailment of yet another stadium . They do such a great job of ruining anything they don't get their hands in ( Or millions of dollars out of ). Putting this stadium there would be a disaster considering parking and traffic already there. Another block of a pre-approved stadium yet again. Good job with your garbage of a stadium Coliseum Commission. You can't spell suck without USC !!!

a football stadium is fine by me if the muti billion dollar league and/or billion dollar owners pay for it but if this city lays out 1 red cent in this thing then these clowns have to go. how does this city have millions for a something that may be used 20 weeks a year but yet police, fire, hospitals,schools, the local library keep getting cut. argh!!!

It is a TERRIBLE idea to locate a football stadium in the downtown area. Traffic is already horribly congested downtown, where 3 freeways meet, and it would be a nightmare with the additional load a stadium would bring.

Why not locate it in an area that is accessible, could handle the traffic and would benefit from the revenue? How about South LA? Or El Monte?

The AEG downtown proposal will never pass the city and environmental reviews. The plans are thrown together at the last minute and would make a traffic nightmare. Plus I don't know of many conventions that are actually held inside of stadiums.. it's not the right kind of look & feel for conventions.


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