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Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Speed Farmers Field Stadium Planning

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 12:48PM
AEG Stadium Bill Signing Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

California Governor Jerry Brown signs a pair of bills designed to speed construction of large projects including AEG's proposed Farmers Field NFL stadium during a press conference on Tuesday morning.

When Governor Jerry Brown was running for his second stint as the head of the State of California, he promised voters that he would have a no-nonsense approach to governance in what would most likely be his final public office.

On Tuesday morning outside the Los Angeles Convention Center, Brown minced no words in his praise of a pair of bills designed to speed construction projects throughout the state, including the $1.2-billion NFL stadium that AEG has proposed for the site of the center's 1971 West Hall.

"We're going to remove some regulations, we're going to speed things up, and we're going to protect the environment," Brown told an enthusiastic crowd of elected leaders, union workers and local stakeholders. "There are too many damn regulations, let's be clear about that."

The first bill, SB 292, is specific to AEG's Farmers Field proposal, which would tear down the Convention Center's West Hall, rebuilding the exhibit space over Pico Boulevard and erecting a 72,000-seat stadium on the cleared up land. The bill assures that environmental challenges to the project can last no longer than 175 days by sending them straight to the state appeals court and setting a strict timeline for briefings.

The second, AB 900, extends a similar timeline to proposals over $100 million that the Governor designates as "leadership projects."

In return for the speed-up, the projects are required to meet LEED standards for green construction and be designed to promote more transit use than similar projects elsewhere.

AEG's Tim Leiweke called on the elected leaders at Tuesday's signing ceremony to join him in petitioning the NFL to speed its return to Los Angeles.

"We're going to need your help, we're going to need your leadership, and we're going to need your enthusiasm," Leiweke said.

Afterward, Leiweke hinted toward an upcoming announcement that would bring something new around the stadium plans.

"There's a pretty revolutionary idea coming that people are going to hear that we are going to factor into Farmers Field," he told reporters, though he declined any followup questions.

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