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The December 2012/January 2013 Community Connection is NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted in community connection with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2012 by Cangress

Dec12 Jan13 CC Cover

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You can also view a high resolution PDF version HERE.

Judge Denies AEG’s Motion to Intervene in Coalition’s Lawsuit Challenging State Law Granting Special Privileges for Farmers Field Project

Posted in Media Advisory with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2012 by Cangress

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release

Contacts:
Barbara Schultz, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (213) 640-3823
Dan Stormer, Hadsell, Stormer, Richardson & Renick, LLC (626) 585-9600
Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law (213) 487-4727
Becky Dennison, Los Angeles Community Action Network, (213) 840-4664
Martha Dina Argüello, Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA, (310) 261-0073

Judge Denies AEG’s Motion to Intervene in Coalition’s Lawsuit Challenging State Law Granting Special Privileges for Farmers Field Project

What: Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition announces Judge Joanne O’Donnell’s decision this morning to deny a motion by Anschutz Entertainment Group to intervene in the coalition’s constitutional challenge to California Senate Bill 292, which granted special privileges for the Farmers Field and Convention Center modification project.

When: Tuesday, October 16th, Courtroom 37

On Tuesday morning, Judge O’Donnell denied a motion by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) to intervene in the Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition’s constitutional challenge to California State Senate Bill 292 (SB292). Passed in 2011, SB 292 violates two sections of the California constitution – the section giving courts original jurisdiction, and that which prohibits special legislation where a general law is applicable. Judge O’Donnell based her decision on the California Attorney General’s ability to adequately defend the California Constitution.

The lawsuit, which was filed late August, followed the opposition of the organizations in Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition to SB 292, viewing it as an unnecessary and unfair attack on the community protections provided by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and creating a special loophole for a large developer at the expense of community health. The Coalition continues to be very concerned about the proposed project’s adverse effects on the health and well-being of residents in Pico Union, Downtown Los Angeles, and South Los Angeles. The lawsuit was filed against the State of California who bears the responsibility for passing SB 292 and for ensuring equitable, constitutional policy-making.

The attorneys representing the plaintiffs are Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP, and Robert D. Newman, Attorney-at-Law.

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Play Fair Farmers Field Updates

Posted in AEG, Farmers Field with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by Cangress

This week, LA CAN and Play Fair Farmers Field will file a lawsuit against the State of California regarding SB 292, a piece of legislation that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field and Convention Center modification project. The coalition will hold a press conference on Thursday, August 30th, to announce the lawsuit. For more information, click HERE.

Play Fair at Farmers Field has also just completed an analysis of AEG’s proposed Community Benefits Program.

via Play Fair at Farmers Field:

Recently AEG released a document that the company is referring to as a Community Benefits Program.

The document is tied to the development of Farmers Field and, according to Martha Saucedo, Executive Vice President of External Affairs for AEG, is intended to “extend the economic benefits of this project to the surrounding communities and fund improvements that enhance the quality of life and make our community a better place to live and work.”

Click HERE to read a detailed analysis of AEG’s proposed program. A close reading of the document reveals that the proposal, though intended to “maximize the benefits of the Project to the surrounding community”, is really a document of loose goals with very few actual requirements that falls short of community benefits agreements often associated with projects of this scope.

One clear example is that there is no living wage requirement, only a goal, and no enforceable means for achieving the goal.  The document actually states, “Whether or not the Living Wage Goal is being met at the five and ten year reporting periods, the Event Center Owner shall be considered to be in compliance with this Section if it is compliance with the remaining provisions of this Section.”  There are no other provisions in this section, besides reporting.

The Community Benefits Program is just one of many documents associated with this project.  The Final Environmental Impact Report has yet to be released, which is supposed to provide mitigation measures for environmental health concerns, of which there are many in a project of this size.

The August/September Community Connection is NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted in art & culture, civil rights, community connection, health access, housing victories, organizing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2012 by Cangress

Click on the Photo above to read the Community Connection Online.
You can also download a PDF version HERE.

LA CAN and Play Fair Farmers Field on KNBC4

Posted in AEG, civic participation, human & civil rights, press coverage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2012 by Cangress

Farmers Field Fast Fact #3

Posted in AEG, Farmers Field with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2012 by Cangress

Learn more at playfairfarmersfield.wordpress.com.

Farmers Field Fast Fact of the Day!

Posted in AEG with tags , , , , , , , on July 31, 2012 by Cangress

For more information visit the Play Fair Farmers Field website.

 

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