The group that hopes to build an NFL stadium in the City of Industry, California, obtained a special legislative dispensation from certain environmental lawsuits. Though the government won’t be handing out a similar “get out of court free” card to the folks who want to build a stadium in downtown L.A., the powers-that-be are at least ensuring that the process of handling the legal challenges won’t bog down the process.
On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a provision that allows any challenges to the Farmers Field environmental impact statement to be resolved within 175 days.
“It’s time for big ideas and big projects like this,” Brown said, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “This is the way we get people working. As the government, we’re not building anything, that’s what the private sector and individuals do but we can pave the way. I’m signing a bill focused on the stadium and convention center and another broadly focused on cutting red tape all over the state. We’re going to remove some regulations and speed things up while also protecting the environment, but we have to do it in a practical way because there are too damn many regulations.”
Brown said that he expected Majestic Realty, which finagled the full environmental exemption in 2009, to file or support a lawsuit that would have been aimed at killing the Farmers Field deal by tying it up in court for years. The new law prevents litigation from being used as a strategic business weapon.
One of the biggest remaining hurdles is the attraction of a team to play in Farmers Field. Indeed, construction can’t begin until a team signs a long-term lease to play in the new venue.
Possible candidates include the Vikings, Bills, Raiders, 49ers, Chargers, Jaguars, and Rams.