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California Briefing / Walnut

City sues to block NFL stadium in Industry

March 27, 2009|Cara Mia DiMassa

The city of Walnut filed suit earlier this week to block a proposed NFL stadium in adjacent Industry, arguing in part that the developer's campaign failed to reach the city's large Asian population. Walnut is a predominantly Asian suburb about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and city officials said in their lawsuit that many residents don't speak English. The suit alleges that the city of Industry did not properly inform Walnut residents in their native tongues about the potential effects of the $800-million stadium.

Jan Chatten-Brown, an attorney representing Walnut, said her office believed there were "literally dozens of areas" where an environmental impact report approved by Industry officials was "inadequate."

John Semcken, vice president of Majestic Realty, which is developing the stadium, vowed that the plan to bring an NFL team back to the L.A. area would move forward. "At the end of the day," he said of the suit, "it's a bump in the road."

-- Cara Mia DiMassa

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