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City negotiator opposes bending environmental rules for downtown stadium developer

June 22, 2011 |  4:48 pm

Miller City Hall's top policy advocate has recommended that the Los Angeles City Council oppose any attempts to bend state environmental rules for a football stadium proposed on a Convention Center site downtown.

Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry F. Miller, who has been negotiating the stadium details with developer Anschutz Entertainment Group, urged adoption of a pending council resolution calling for the city to fight “any legislation that would subvert or accelerate the [California Environmental Quality Act] process.”

AEG, developer of Staples Center and L.A. Live in the immediate vicinity, has not said definitively whether it would seek some form of relief from the state’s environmental protections. But its top executives have been in talks with legislative leaders, pressing a case that “nuisance” lawsuits could delay the project and put the firm at a disadvantage with a competing stadium proposal in the City of Industry. That proposal’s backer, developer Ed Roski Jr.’s Majestic Realty, already has won some CEQA concessions.

An AEG spokesman said the company already has begun an extensive environmental review of the downtown site and estimated that it could take at least a year.

The resolution and Miller's recommendation have yet to be scheduled for a council committee hearing, the legislative anyalist’s office said Wednesday.


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Photo: Gerry F. Miller. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times