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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.


Farmers Field Fast Fact #3

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

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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.