Public meetings set for Tuesday to discuss traffic, tourism effects of downtown football stadium
As part of a series of fast-paced public meetings on a proposed downtown Los Angeles football stadium, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s blue-ribbon panel charged with reviewing the project will hold two public meetings Tuesday.
The first will deal with traffic issues and the environmental review process for the proposed 64,000-seat stadium next to Staples Center. The project -- a $1-billion National Football League stadium and $350 million in additional work on the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center -- is being proposed by billionaire Phil Anschutz’s sports and entertainment firm, AEG.
The morning meeting will begin at 8:30 at the city Building & Safety Commission hearing room at 201 N. Figueroa St., Room 900, in downtown.
The second session will focus on tourism and convention business issues related to the relocation and modernization of the Convention Center’s West Hall, which would make room for the stadium. That meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Westfield office building at 1801 Avenue of the Stars in Century City.
Both meetings are scheduled to last two hours.
Previous sessions on Friday and Monday dealt with fiscal and employment effects of the project.
The panel, co-chaired by the mayor’s first deputy, Austin Beutner, is made up business, legal and financial leaders in the city. It is supposed to provide an independent assessment of the project and ensure that taxpayer funds are not required, according to Villaraigosa.
Also on Monday,AEG formally began the planning review process at City Hall, issuing a letter outlining its intention to prepare an environmental report on the project.
AEG said it would complete a comprehensive environmental impact report. But it also has signaled it may seek state legislation limiting the legal challenges that can be brought against the stadium. A competing NFL stadium plan in the City of Industry has already been granted an exemption from legal challenges on environmental grounds.
-- Rich Connell