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Old January 16th, 2009, 10:32 AM   #121
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I never knew about this... where in DTLA were they going to build this stadium and when was the proposal shot down?
This was in the late 90's I believe. Maybe it was 2000. When the NFL granted us an expansion franchise contingent on us getting a stadium done AEG came forward and volunteered to build the stadium with private funds near Staples Center as long as the city gave it their blessing and didn't interfere. The city still wanted the Coliseum to be the stadium and when they weren't willing to back AEG's plan, AEG moved on. The Coliseum plan never came to fruition and Houston got the franchise.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 06:33 PM   #122
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This was in the late 90's I believe. Maybe it was 2000. When the NFL granted us an expansion franchise contingent on us getting a stadium done AEG came forward and volunteered to build the stadium with private funds near Staples Center as long as the city gave it their blessing and didn't interfere. The city still wanted the Coliseum to be the stadium and when they weren't willing to back AEG's plan, AEG moved on. The Coliseum plan never came to fruition and Houston got the franchise.


Damn it, that's what I was hoping for all along! Now if we had built that stadium, it would have been an addition to L.A. Live now and would have added to the experience. More than likely a team would probably have wanted to move back into the city too along with our expansion franchise (so we probably would have 2 teams playing in the stadium), AEG probably would have turned it into a multi-use venue allowing the Galaxy to move in on the NFL off season so the stadium would have been put to constant use, basically centralizing all of our franchises back into L.A. The blue line is a stones throw away and finally it would have been a piece of the big picture that we all want, which is the revitalization of DTLA.

I'm so goddamn sick of the city politics. Do you think someone up there in City Hall will say "shit, we made a mistake" and plead to AEG to go back to their original plan seeing that the Coliseum is pretty much off limits?

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Old January 17th, 2009, 05:40 AM   #123
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L.A. Chamber backs NFL stadium in city of Industry
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Posted: 01/14/2009 02:15:23 PM PST

Plans to build a 75,000-seat stadium in the city of Industry for a yet-to-be-determined National Football League team received a thumbs-up today from the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Developer Ed Roski Jr. wants to build the $800 million stadium on a 592- acre parcel of land near the intersection of the Pomona (60) and Orange (57) freeways, if the NFL agrees to bring a team to the Southland.

The chamber's board of directors cited the 6,735 jobs that would be created and $762 million impact to the local economy in announcing its support.

"Bringing an NFL stadium and team to the Los Angeles area is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Southern California economy," said Gary Toebben, president and CEO of the L.A. Area Chamber.

"Majestic Realty's stadium complex would be a welcome stimulus during a time when the unemployment rate in Los Angeles County is nearly 9 percent," he added.

Roski's plans for the stadium call for 55,000 general seats, 11,000 club seats, 175 suites and 25,000 parking spots. A complex similar to CityWalk at Universal Studios would be built around the stadium.
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Stadium plan is key to NFL comeback for LA County
By JACOB ADELMAN – 8 hours ago
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Posted: 01/16/2009

INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) — The annals of pro football are filled with incredible comebacks, which might be why billionaire Ed Roski thinks he can build a new $800 million stadium and lure a team to Los Angeles County after so many others have failed.

A key part of his plan goes to the city of Industry's 82 registered voters Tuesday, when they cast ballots on a bond measure that would provide $150 million to pave the way for the stadium with infrastructure improvements.

City Manager Kevin Radecki expects approval by voters, mostly old-timers who own homes grandfathered into the city about 15 miles east of Los Angeles when it incorporated five decades ago and zoned all the land for industrial use.

Roski's Majestic Realty Co. is headquartered in Industry and he has considerable political clout there.

"Oh, it's going to happen — 100 percent," said John Semcken, the Majestic partner managing the stadium project with Roski, who declined to be interviewed.

Majestic, which helped develop Staples Center, the home of the NBA's Lakers and Clippers and NHL's Kings in downtown Los Angeles, is convinced a disgruntled football team would jump at the chance to play in a sparkling new stadium.

The company has already spent $8 million on plans for the project that developers say would break ground as soon as a team is locked in — if it can overcome several potential challenges.

Neighboring cities worried about traffic and noise are already threatening lawsuits to stop the stadium. And there is no guarantee the NFL would condone Roski shaking loose a team from its current home field.

"Leagues don't like their teams to be moving from their established markets," said Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based consultancy SportsCorp. "You have to have a very high level of certainty that the team would be successful."

The string of ill-fated stadium schemes in Los Angeles began even before poor ticket sales and TV blackouts drove the Rams and Raiders from the nation's second-biggest market after the 1994 season.

The small city of Irwindale, 20 miles east of Los Angeles, gave Raiders owner Al Davis $10 million in 1988 to show its good faith in pursuing a plan to turn a gravel pit into a 65,000-seat stadium. But environmental issues, financing problems and regional opposition scuttled the proposal. Irwindale never got back a penny.

Roski was previously among the backers of a plan to renovate the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for an expansion team after the Raiders and Rams left. But the new team went to a Houston after the Los Angeles interests were outbid by some $150 million.

Subsequent efforts to renovate the Coliseum and Rose Bowl, and build new stadiums in cities such as Carson and Anaheim were largely thwarted by community opposition and a reluctance to sweeten the deal for the NFL with public funding.

With so few residents, Industry would pose fewer obstacles, said Max Neiman, an associate director at the Public Policy Institute of California.

"You don't have a kind of ordinary political process taking place in that community," Neiman said. "You don't have the usual array of local gadflies and oversight and neighbors."

The sausage-shaped city is a 12-square-mile maze of warehouses, factories, strip malls and topless bars along two freight rail lines and a major freeway.

It was incorporated in 1957 amid the pastures and citrus groves that would later develop into sprawling Southern California suburbs.

By the early 2000s, Industry's only major undeveloped parcel was a hilly outcropping between the freeway and a row of Majestic-owned warehouses. Roski began planning the stadium there last year.

Renderings show sleek glass skyboxes cantilevered over bleachers. The stadium would be bordered by mid-rise buildings with offices and shops to be built during a later phase of development.

Semcken said a team could be playing in the new stadium by 2012 — if all goes according to plan.

But Ganis said the NFL, which would have to approve a team move, was likely to be less than thrilled with the humdrum location so far from what he called the "pizazz" of Los Angeles.

"It's a compromise location, not a preferred location," he said.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league was monitoring potential stadium developments in the Los Angeles area but declined to comment on specific sites or teams that might move to the region.

Semcken said he and Roski have identified at least eight teams — including the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings — that need a new stadium but are playing in cities unlikely to provide one.

Roski has agreed not to make any formal overtures to team owners until the Industry City Council certifies his plan, which it could do as soon as Thursday.

Majestic intends to finance the stadium privately. If voters approve Tuesday's bond measure, developers would repay the $150 million through ticket sales and parking fees. If the measure is defeated, Radecki said the city could try to find other ways to pay for the infrastructure improvements.
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Old January 17th, 2009, 09:14 AM   #125
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"It's a compromise location, not a preferred location," he said.

Ahhhhh.... poor babies.... always thinking about their "fair value" ...
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City of Industry is a terrible terrible location for this. If this is followed by proper development of the area, then maybe its okay
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Old January 18th, 2009, 04:03 AM   #127
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City of Industry is a terrible terrible location for this. If this is followed by proper development of the area, then maybe its okay
They're going to build a hotel, movie theaters, mall around it. It's supposedly going to be similar to City Walk. Industry isn't the ideal location, but the city blew it already so it's essentially Industry or nothing. I'll take Industry.
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meh I guess thats true,
but its not like City Walk is any good, its a capsule, an artificial city, i completely disapprove of such places
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Old January 19th, 2009, 08:14 AM   #129
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They built Staples Center before. It's the same.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 08:32 AM   #130
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They built Staples Center before. It's the same.
The built Staples Center before what? And what's the same?
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Majestic, which helped develop Staples Center, the home of the NBA's Lakers and Clippers and NHL's Kings in downtown Los Angeles.
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Region Divided As City of Industry Prepares to Vote on NFL Stadium Bond

By Cara Mia DiMassa
January 19, 2009

When Mayor David Perez of the city of Industry looks out over a 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 Joachin Lim, the mayor of nearby Walnut, imagines a stadium there, he sees a potential disaster: Traffic, noise and “passionate, emotional” football fans.

The eastern San Gabriel Valley has become the latest battleground in the decades-long -– and some say quixotic -– campaign to bring pro football back to the Los Angeles region.

The city of Industry, a city of more than 1,800 businesses and fewer than 800 residents, believe it has what Irwindale, Pasadena, Los Angeles and Carson lacked. Skeptics abound. But the city is taking a first step Tuesday, when its 84 registered voters will consider a $500-million bond that would pay for stadium-related infrastructure projects. And two days later, the City Council is scheduled to certify the project’s environmental impact report.

The plan, which includes the construction of four practice fields, restaurants, banquet facilities, offices and an NFL attraction -- has divided the valley.

Some neighboring cities, including West Covina and La Puente, passed resolutions in favor of the stadium, citing the economic boost that such a project could bring to the area. But two of the stadium’s closest civic neighbors, Diamond Bar and Walnut, have mounted opposition to the plans.

They cite concerns about traffic and the effect that thousands of visitors to a stadium could have on their streets and their quality of life.

When billionaire Ed Roski announced plans last year to build an $800-million NFL stadium in Industry, part of a shopping and entertainment center he had been developing for the 600 acres of land near the intersections of the 57 and 60 freeways, he was doing so, he said, because he thought that having a professional football team was important for Los Angeles.

Roski, who is chief executive of Majestic Realty -- headquartered in Industry -- and was one of the key forces behind the construction of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, was not alone in that desire. Since both the Raiders and the Rams left the region after the 1994 season, communities around the Southland have tried to rally support for NFL stadiums within their boundaries, to little avail.

Anaheim and Carson considered but ultimately abandoned the idea of building new stadiums. Pasadena’s Rose Bowl and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were ultimately rejected as potential sites, either because they were civically unpopular (Pasadena) or structurally unsuitable (the Coliseum). Even if Roski is successful at obtaining the necessary civic support within Industry, there are still significant obstacles to his bid.

It remains to be seen whether the NFL would sanction moving a team to Industry. The city of Los Angeles continues to actively lobby for bringing a team to a stadium within its own boundaries. And the project may face legal opposition from Walnut or Diamond Bar or both.
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Roski's no enemy of the city. He's got to know we don't want our name associated with that area, or any area not within our boundaries.
Especially so far out!
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Industry votes on loan
By Ben Baeder, Staff Writer
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Posted: 01/19/2009 05:20:07 PM PST

INDUSTRY - The city's 82 registered voters today will decide whether to allow Industry to borrow $500 million for infrastructure improvements.

The measure needs a two-thirds majority to pass and it would be repaid through property taxes. The rate of the property tax would not be determined until after the city borrowed money, City Manager Kevin Radecki said.

Mayor Dave Perez and members of the city staff said the cash is to go toward building roads, bridges, sewers, lighting and other infrastructure planned for about 600 acres on the east side of the city near the 57/60 freeway interchange.

Currently, that land is slated to become a 75,000-seat National Football League Stadium/retail center.

Developer Ed Roski Jr. hopes to move a team to the site within the next two years, he has said.

The team would likely play in the Rose Bowl for a few years while the Industry stadium was being built, officials said.

The land for the Industry project is owned by Industry, and the city agreed to perform all infrastructure work surrounding the development, according to a city contract.

Roski is being allowed to use the land for 65 years. In return, he will split half the profits from the development with Industry, according to the city contract.

Roski proposed building a business park at the site before announcing in April his desire for an NFL stadium.

Radecki said the bond was not specifically for the NFL

project and would have been put to ballot no matter what was proposed for the site.

Industry has 777 residents, but it's population swells to at least 60,000 workers during the day.

Along with the bond, voters today will also will be asked to decide on five other measures.

Two would create taxes on tickets and parking for entertainment venues.

Another would establish Industry as a utility provider in part of the city, Radecki said.

Another would give the council the power to award contracts without going to bid.

Finally, another law would make it so only people living in residences could vote, which would exclude transients or people living in commercial areas or hotels.
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Independent Cities Association endorses stadium proposal
By Tania Chatila, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/15/2009 05:25:12 PM PST

INDUSTRY - A proposal to bring an $800 million NFL stadium to the city just got a little more support.

The Independent Cities Association announced Thursday they are backing billionaire developer Ed Roski Jr.'s plans to bring a stadium-entertainment complex to a hilly 600-acre plot of land northwest of the 57/60 freeway interchange.

Association President and Covina Mayor Kevin Stapleton said the board's Jan. 8 unanimous decision reflects the financial benefits a stadium could bring to the region.

"We are hopeful for this project," Stapleton said. "For the region, it will be an economic stimulus."

The ICA is made up of 52 full-service cities across the Southern California, including cities in the San Gabriel Valley and San Bernardino County. Members include Arcadia, La Habra, Pasadena, Chino, Baldwin Park, West Covina and Pomona.

"I think everybody recognizes the benefit of the project to them even if it's not right in their backyard," said John Semcken, vice president and spokesman of Roski's development firm, Majestic Realty Co. "There's no one city that's going to be able to say this project isn't going to benefit us."

The city of Walnut, however, has adopted a resolution opposing the stadium.

Walnut Mayor Joaquin Lim wants a new environmental analysis drafted for the project.

Walnut is not a member of the ICA.

"There's a lot of issues concerning traffic ... (and) the noise factor that could disturb the peace and quiet of Walnut," Lim said. "In the past three months we have issued many letters to many different agencies expressing our concerns."

If completed, the stadium complex is estimated to generate nearly 7,000 full-time jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue to area cities.

It could be completed as early as 2012, if Roski can lure a football team to the Los Angeles area, Majestic officials have said.

"Not since the Rose Bowl have we seen a project so great," said Monterey Park Mayor Frank Venti, one of several San Gabriel Valley officials who attended a press conference Thursday in Industry. "We are convinced that this single development will be the catalyst for the future of the San Gabriel Valley for so many generations to come."

Semcken said Majestic officials would be meeting with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Thursday evening and with the California Contract Cities Association on Feb. 4 to present stadium plans.

He was confident both organizations would endorse the project.

Walnut is a member of the CCCA.

"There was a project approved four years ago that was much bigger than this project, and Walnut did nothing about it," Semcken said. "I think (the CCCA will) understand that opposition to this project now doesn't make sense."
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What if a whole community was built around it? You know how like in other cities you can see the high rise condos surrounding the staidums? Especially baseball fields. That would add an economic boost to the entire area. And what if they built a rail line to it? They could build a new one or extend the gold and extend the green. That would be fun to ride the metro to a football game. We could be like other cities and have rallies on the metro.
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And I don't feel like reading the whole thread, but are there any proposed teams for us?
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The Vikings are a possibility. They've wanted a new stadium for a while and while the Twins and University of Minnesota got new stadiums, they still can't get a deal done for either a new stadium or massively renovated Metrodome. The Chargers are another team without the new stadium they desire and the city has flat out said they won't be helping the team out. The Jaguars have a stadium, but attendance has been lackluster. Most people propose the Jaguars as the most likely team, but I never really bought into it because it's been a long, long time since a team moved because of attendance. All the semi-recent moves have been due to stadium issues and the Jaguars have a fine stadium. New Orleans would seem to be the most likely team to move, but with Katrina and its aftermath, it'd be a PR nightmare so I think they're out. Both Bay Area teams are in need of new stadiums, but I don't think Roski would welcome Al Davis and I don't think they'd move the 49ers. The Rams could move back as well because their dome is decent, but not great and Georgia Fontierre's death has brought up the possibility of the team being sold so a LA guy could buy the team and move them back. That's off the top of my head. There could be other possibilities. I think the Vikings are the best bet with the Chargers a close second.
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What if a whole community was built around it? You know how like in other cities you can see the high rise condos surrounding the staidums? Especially baseball fields. That would add an economic boost to the entire area. And what if they built a rail line to it? They could build a new one or extend the gold and extend the green. That would be fun to ride the metro to a football game. We could be like other cities and have rallies on the metro.
the Gold Line's eastside extension phase B currently have one alternative route that would go along the 60 and end at a city just to the west of Industry, but... there is much more density if it goes towards Whittier, so that might end up being the chosen route. Sucks for me, I am closer to the 60.

There is currently a metrolink line that goes from L.A. to a station just walking distance to the site (depending how they do the street layout)
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Industry's $500 million bond vote results expected around 6:30 p.m.
Posted: 01/20/2009 11:40:38 AM PST

INDUSTRY - Results are expected to be available around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for an election that could allow Industry to take out $500 million in loans for infrastructure improvement.

The polls close at 5 p.m. for the election, which will be decided by the city's 82 registered voters.

City Clerk Jodi Scrivens said she expects to have a tally within two hours of the polls closing.

The vote needs a two-thirds majority to pass, and the bond would be repaid by property taxes.

The amount of taxes will not be determined until the city borrowed the money by selling bonds, City Manager Kevin Radecki said.

Along with the bond, voters today will also will be asked to decide on four other measures.

Two would create taxes on tickets and parking for entertainment venues.

Another would establish Industry as a utility provider in part of the city, Radecki said.

Another would give the council the power to award contracts without going to bid.

Finally, another law would make it so only people living in residences could vote, which would exclude transients or people living in commercial areas or hotels.
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