Black leaders to call on California lawmakers to support Farmers Field
Stadium to bring jobs
Area African American leaders called on state lawmakers to support a bill that would help bring a long-sought-after football team and the jobs connected to such an enterprise back to Los Angeles.
The leaders urged at a press conference that lawmakers approve SB 292, a bill calling for an environmental impact report and expedited review of any lawsuits connected to Farmers Field, the land where the proposed L.A. stadium would be built.
According to the group, which includes former Denver Broncos player Glyn Milburn, Rev. Eric Lee of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Community Coalition’s Marqueece Harris Dawson, African-American joblessness is at its highest level in 27 years.
The leaders believe the project will create thousands of jobs for Angelenos in construction, the hotel industry, tourism, and entertainment.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Angelenos will get their first chance Wednesday to weigh-in on the $1 billion football stadium a developer is willing to build in exchange for the city making about $350 million in changes to the Convention Center.
An informal Planning Department hearing, open to the public, is set from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 501 in the Convention Center's West Hall, which would be torn down to accommodate construction.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — A former Long Beach high school football star who spent more than five years behind bars for rape but was exonerated after his accuser recanted her story came closer to his dream of playing in the National Football League today when he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons.
Brian Banks, 27, gushed thanks on his Twitter page to the team’s management and players, saying, “Thank you for accepting me into the family.”
One of the greatest strengths of Los Angeles is our incredible diversity. We are the new melting pot of the United States, and L.A. is a true rainbow of cultures and ethnicities.
Just to pick a few examples, we have the largest Korean and Filipino populations outside Korea and the Philippines and the largest Latino population outside Latin America. The storied history and continued vibrancy of our African American community is often the inspiration for novels and movies.
The nation’s second largest market is called, among other things, the “City of Dreams.” Whatever you want, whatever you can think of … you can get it here in Los Angeles. Everything except one thing—a National Football League team.
The potential Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) football stadium for downtown Los Angeles would spur major economic development and finance for the local economy, and in particular, for minority and small businesses. I strongly applaud the efforts of AEG, as well as Farmers Insurance Exchange, in their commitment to this historical project. The proposed football stadium will be dubbed Farmers Field under a naming-rights agreement announced by AEG.