A National Football League team could be playing in downtown Los Angeles in less than five years.
So says Tim Leiweke, president of AEG, the development company owned by Phil Anschutz that wants to build a downtown football stadium.
When 5.7 million people say they want to shield local funding from grabbing hands – as they did in November -- that should be the end of the story. At least, that’s what California’s redevelopment agencies would hope after this annus horribilis in the redevelopment world.
While AB 32 and SB 375 have garnered attention for their efforts to limit California’s greenhouse gas emissions, even the most ardent supporters of those measures admit that they are small pieces of a much larger puzzle. For the past year, the California Climate Adaptation Task Force has been trying to figure out what some of the other pieces should look like. Convened by the Pacific Council on International Policy, the task force was invited by Gov. Schwarzenegger to make official recommendations about how the state can adapt to, rather than mitigate, climate change.
This week Governor-elect Jerry Brown’s office announced that the incoming governor would take part-time residence in the Eliot Building in Downtown Sacramento upon taking office in January.
In Year Three of the Great Recession, it’s comforting to think that California has heard all the bad news it’s going to hear. Or at least we’re so accustomed to bad news, that we’ve stopped getting depressed by it. As a result, many of this year’s top stories come with silver linings.
A Santa Monica apartment complex owned by a religious group did not fall within a statutory exemption from local historic preservation regulations because the property has always been a commercial enterprise, the Second District Court of Appeal has ruled.
An environmental impact report for a 560-housing unit specific plan in the Riverside County city of Beaumont has been upheld by the Fourth District Court of Appeal. The court approved the city’s use of a baseline for examining water usage that was favorable to the developer, accepted the city’s determination that loss of farmland could not be mitigated, and upheld the city’s statement of overriding consideration for approving a project with significant environmental impacts.
Public transit was one deciding factor when free agent pitching ace Cliff Lee chose to sign a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies last week. I am not making this up.
The left hander had previously pitched for the Phillies, and his wife, Kristen, enjoyed urban living in Philadelphia, including its abundant transit options. She didn’t care for the Dallas area, where her husband played last season for the Texas Rangers.
“We liked the easy travel on a train for our kids to other cities and the good cultural experience for them here,” Kristen Lee told the Philadelphia Daily News.
As its location suggests, Beverly Hills High School enjoys its share of amenities: a gym that converts to an indoor pool; a planetarium; a professional-quality theater. But, like most high schools, it does not have a class in urban planning or transportation. Except now that the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed extending the Purple Line subway under school grounds, Beverly High is getting a serious lesson in planning.
Twenty years from now, while we scoot up and down the state on 200 mph trains, we could look back on the current “train to nowhere” episode and laugh at the furor over the project’s starting point.
Or, twenty years from now, as we crawl up and down Interstate 5 and Highway 99 in bumper-to-bumper traffic, we could look back on the “train to nowhere” episode and cry over a decision that killed high-speed rail’s chance of ever succeeding.
Or, twenty years from now, we may simply look back at the “train to nowhere” episode and smile, comfortable that we never sent tens of billions of dollars down that rat hole.