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Tuesday, 06 September 2011 08:13

Speaker John A. Pérez Announces NRDC, CLCV Support for Los Angeles Stadium and Convention Center Legislation

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today announced that two of the most respected environmental groups in California — the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) — have thrown their support behind Farmers Field and Convention Center Project legislation, backing the bill in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources. The announcement brings new momentum for the downtown project, which stands to create more than 23,000 jobs — including 12,000 full-time jobs during the construction process and 11,000 more permanent jobs at the Convention Center — while delivering the most exciting and environmentally friendly stadium in the United States.

“It was very important to me that this project and our legislation gain the support of such well-respected environmental champions,” Speaker Pérez said. “We have managed to produce a plan to bring economic prosperity and jobs to Los Angeles while maintaining our environmental standards by building one of the most environmentally conscious stadiums in the country.”

“I think this is a great project, it’s in a perfect location, and people will be able to take public transit,” David Pettit, Director of the NRDC’s Southern California Air Quality Project said. “Because of the changes and the hard work with the Speaker’s staff and Senator Padilla, we support this bill.”

“The Speaker’s amendments ensure that mitigation measures for traffic and greenhouse gas pollution are better enforced and the appeals court process is honored,” Warner Chabot, CEO of the CLCV said. “This will allow a stadium project that provides jobs and protects the environment.”

Senate Bill 292, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), includes no exemption from environmental laws while allowing for expedited environmental reviews — ensuring that all potential challenges to the project are heard in a timely basis of 175 days after the release of an environmental impact report. This measure will guarantee environmental standards are met while fast tracking job creation in the community through the construction of a carbon-neutral stadium that will prioritize transit more than any other NFL stadium.
The commitment to exceed California’s already rigorous standards demonstrates the project’s efforts to build a more sustainable economy, undercutting the idea that environmental protections cost people their jobs. Additionally, the project will generate over $600 million in total economic activity, raising more than $40 million in city, county and state tax revenues.

The project has gained wide support in Los Angeles, where the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding with AEG last month in order to continue progress made on the proposed project.

CONTACT: John Vigna (916) 319-2408

Website of Speaker John A. Pérez: www.asmdc.org/speaker