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January 30, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The owner of the St. Louis Rams has bought a large piece of land in Inglewood that potentially could be used for an NFL stadium, multiple individuals with knowledge of the transaction have told The Times. Within the last month, billionaire Stan Kroenke bought a 60-acre parking lot located between the Forum and Hollywood Park, according to individuals who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on behalf of the buyer or seller. Wal-Mart originally owned the land but sold it after failing to get public approval for a superstore.
April 7, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Anaheim City Councilman Harry Sidhu hasn't declared himself a candidate to challenge Mayor Curt Pringle in the November election, coyly saying, "I'm keeping my options open." But if he tosses his name and business fortune into a race against the seasoned Orange County politician, as some observers believe he'll do, Sidhu will be in position to make the city's taxpayer-funded effort to land a National Football League team the prime campaign issue.
September 26, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Although city officials have promised not to use public funds to build a professional football stadium in Los Angeles, the City Council will meet next week to consider a plan that would allow the use of property taxes to construct a parking garage and improve streets that could serve a stadium. The council will hold a public hearing with the city redevelopment commission Friday to consider extending the life of the Hoover Redevelopment Project for another 12 years.
February 6, 2011 | Steve Lopez
Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa got a new job: Head cheerleader for the NFL. "It is very clear football is coming back to Los Angeles," the mayor gushed at a pep rally for the proposed downtown stadium, and later quoted him saying he has "never seen the city so united" about getting a pro team. Really? I decided to put that claim to the test, and what better day to report the results than Super Bowl Sunday? At Jim's fast-food joint in Boyle Heights, at Philippe's downtown and at Tolliver's barbershop in southwest Los Angeles, everyone I spoke to was well aware of efforts by Anschutz Entertainment Group to build a downtown stadium and lure a team to play in it. And for the most part, people were thrilled at the prospect ?
May 7, 2012 | Jim Newton
Consider two projects that could have profound impacts on Los Angeles: Both would create thousands of jobs. One would increase traffic a bit; the other would significantly decrease it. One would be "carbon neutral," meaning it would not help the global environment but wouldn't hurt it either; the other would powerfully reduce emissions. Both could create some inconveniences to their immediate neighbors while delivering tax revenue, jobs and services to the city at large. One is the proposed downtown football stadium, and it has sailed through government approvals despite its potential for increasing traffic and inconveniencing people who live or work downtown.
January 20, 2009 | Cara Mia DiMassa
When Mayor David Perez of the city of Industry looks out over the rolling, 600-acre site on his city's eastern edge, he sees the future home of an NFL stadium and an economic engine that would bring jobs and tax revenue for the entire region. When Joaquin Lim, the mayor of nearby Walnut, imagines a stadium there, he sees a potential disaster: traffic, noise and "passionate, emotional" football fans.
October 24, 2009 | Corina Knoll
Tucked in the middle of the San Gabriel Valley lies nine square miles of hilly land flanked by four freeways filled with motorists, most of them heading elsewhere. And that's the way many of the 32,000 residents in Walnut like it. As the outside world drives by, those who live here on the far edge of Los Angeles County see it as a hidden oasis with horse-friendly crosswalks, single-family homes and an open, rolling landscape. Clean and quiet, safe and serene -- Walnut, locals say, is the quintessential bedroom community.
January 7, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- A state lawmaker has proposed the same special treatment for rail projects in California that the Legislature has given to developers of a proposed NFL stadium in Los Angeles and to some renewable-energy projects. Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) introduced such a measure as the Legislature began its new year this week, saying it would "create thousands of desperately needed jobs and give commuters and residents environmentally sound transit options as alternatives to sitting in stopped traffic.
September 28, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum and Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
Tim Leiweke, the chairman and chief executive of Anschutz Entertainment Group, stood in front of the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday and told a roaring crowd: "Tear it down!" The order was a bit premature, given that Leiweke will probably have to wait until June at the earliest to break ground on the 72,000-seat NFL stadium that AEG hopes to build at the site. Still, the massive project inched closer to execution Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a controversial bill that limits lawsuits that could delay it. Speaking at a news conference with Leiweke, labor leaders, a gaggle of lawmakers and two high school football teams, Brown said California's high unemployment demands "big ideas and big projects.
October 9, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
As far as the NFL and Los Angeles go, all is quiet on the Western front. Or maybe we just need to look more closely. The leading location remains AEG's downtown Farmers Field. Phil Anschutz's exclusive bargaining window is open until November 2014. It is "shovel-ready," as developers say. Money is in the bank. Entitlements have been taken care of. AEG is an owner-landlord in waiting. It is a quieter effort now, since Tim Leiweke left AEG. He was effective, hard-charging, persuasive, but never quiet.
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