Los Angeles City Councilman Marvin Braude filed suit Wednesday to block construction of the huge Watt City Center, a two-tower office and retail complex that is to be built between 7th and 8th streets downtown.
Braude, alone among council members, has crusaded against the $600-million project, asserting that it will bring total gridlock to the nearby Harbor Freeway.
The council approved the development in a 14-1 vote last month, with Braude voting against it. The project was shepherded through the council by Arthur K. Snyder, an influential lobbyist and former councilman, who represented Watt & Marselis, the developers.
Braude refused to discuss the lawsuit Wednesday, saying he preferred to answer questions at a press conference today.
Braude filed the unusual suit in Superior Court Wednesday, not as a member of the City Council, but as an individual, a taxpayer, a resident of the city and a user of the Harbor Freeway, according to his attorney, George Dale.