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“All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us!”

Posted in AEG with tags , , , on September 14, 2012 by Cangress

Yesterday, LA CAN and Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition partners presented testimony to the City’s Planning Commission outlining our community health concerns regarding the proposed NFL stadium and convention center expansion, as well as our specific recommendations for addressing them.  Our Coalition has been engaged in the land use, environmental review, and other public processes for more than a year – but we continue to see the needs of low-income residents in Pico Union, South LA and Downtown ignored in this process.

Our housing recommendations continue to create the most controversy – though the evidence supporting them is quite clear.  Planning Commissioner Regina Freer was quite convinced of the potential impacts as she pushed for mitigation on this issue, but AEG and the City continue their unsubstantiated denial of the impacts to population and housing.  Some City officials have even changed their position, as the pressure of the billionaires at AEG and the NFL push for fast-tracked approval to meet a timeframe that doesn’t serve the community.

Yesterday, Councilmember Jan Perry was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as stating that, with regards the proposed football stadium, affordable housing is “something that’s not at issue at this point.”  However, as recently as July, the councilmember responded to our Coalition’s Health Impact Assessment  by telling ABC7 news,

“If we are able to get this project off the ground….we would absolutely want as much housing as possible near and around the area so that people could walk to work, or take a DASH, or ride a bike.”

Since the creation of the Staples Center and LA LIVE, there have been more than 2,100 units of low-income housing negatively impacted in South Park and the Historic Core alone, more than 1,200of those were PERMANENTLY lost due to demolitions and mass, illegal evictions. More than 100 of those low-income units were demolished within the block directly north of LA Live and replaced with parking lots serving the sports and entertainment district.  There is no reason to believe this trend will not continue and be exacerbated if the stadium project is built without mitigation measures for housing impacts.

Community health concerns go beyond housing so, among many recommendations, we urged the City to:

  • Create a community plan and partnership to ensure the expanded open/green spaces will serve existing communities – not just event-goers.
  • Ensure additional public safety costs are covered by the Developer, and not the City, as is the case with the proposed City of Industry stadium.
  • Create firm commitments around transit use and improvements, and ensure both stadium-goers and low-income transit riders benefit from the improvements.
  • Ensure mitigation measures to protect against reproductive health impacts from decreased air quality.
  • Create a housing trust fund for the preservation and development of extremely low-income housing in the surrounding neighborhoods, as a means of meeting the housing needs of the mostly low-income workers who will be employed at the site and preventing the indirect displacement caused by the project.

Whether AEG or the City Council wants to admit it now or not, we know that unless there are significant measures put in place to protect housing, ensure green space accessibility, ensure expanded transit use and improvements for both visitors and local low-income residents, mitigate air quality impacts, and address public safety costs and impacts  in the surrounding communities, this project will create drastic, long-term and negative health impacts in the surrounding communities of Downtown, South LA and Pico Union.

Before the City Council approves this project, councilmembers simply must do more to protect the health and livelihoods of those who will be dealing with impacts of the stadium for decades to come – instead of solely serving the interests of the developer, AEG.

LA Times

Anti-poverty group seeks $60 million from NFL stadium
developer

Daily News

Group wants AEG to pay $60M for affordable housing near
proposed downtown

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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.

LA CAN and Play Fair Farmers Field on KNBC4

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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 #2!

Posted in AEG, civic participation, human & civil rights, organizing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2012 by Cangress

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.

 

KPCC Covers the Release of the Play Fair at Farmers Field Health Impact Assessment

Posted in AEG, civic participation, Farmers Field, press coverage, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2012 by Cangress

This morning, LA CAN and Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition, which includes Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, Comunidad Presente, and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, held a press conference to release a Health Impact Assessment report on how the proposed Farmers Field and Convention Center Project would affect local, primarily low-income residents. The report, compiled by Human Impact Partners in conjunction with a panel of residents who live in South Park, Pico-Union, and Downtown LA, includes data and research on how the stadium may potentially negatively impact the surrounding community due to, for example, housing displacement and increased traffic. It also includes recommendations on how AEG and the city can mitigate negative impacts.
For more information, or to read the report, you can visit the Play Fair at Farmers Field blog.

The release of the report was covered by KPCC’s Brian Watt.

via KPCC:

Study: The downside of Farmers Field
by Brian Watt

A new study highlights the potential negative impacts of AEG’s proposed football stadium for downtown Los Angeles. Human Impact Partners conducted the study, with the support of a coalition that includes the Los Angeles Community Action Network, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and Physicians for Social Responsibility–Los Angeles.

The study focuses on the stadium development’s displacement and housing affordability, employment, public safety, and access to open space.

Becky Dennison of the Los Angeles Community Action Network says recent history has shown the development could reduce affordable housing in surrounding neighborhoods.

“We looked at the data from 2000-2010 as Staples Center came on line and then later L.A. Live,” Dennison says. “The race and demographic information in these communities shifted substantially toward upper income, much whiter population and folks were really pushed out of these communities.”

Anschutz Entertainment Group released a draft environmental impact report on the proposal known as Farmers Field. It maintains the stadium wouldn’t likely reduce affordable housing in the Pico Union neighborhood. But Dennison argues that report fails to consider housing losses in nearby parts of downtown and South Los Angeles.