In the first major legal challenge to a planned NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, a coalition of environmental activists and community advocates filed suit Thursday claiming that a state law intended to assist the project is unconstitutional.
Developer Anschutz Entertainment Group and supporters of the project — dubbed Farmers Field — had successfully lobbied for passage of the law, which fast-tracks legal challenges to the stadium's environmental impact report by imposing deadlines and requiring such lawsuits to begin at the Court of Appeal level.
But a group known as the Play Fair at Farmers Field coalition is arguing that the state Constitution protects its right to file challenges to the environmental review in county Superior Court. Its suit also says the review process established by the California Environmental Quality Act cannot be superseded by the newer law.
Coalition attorney Dan Stormer called the law an unfair attack on the environmental review process. The suit asks the court to void the law.