AEG Pushes Downtown Football Stadium
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AEG, developer of the Staples Center and LA Live, is pushing for a new football stadium downtown. We hear about the history of the NFL in Los Angeles as well as proposals for other new stadiums in the region, including billionaire Ed Roski's plan for Irwindale. Also, a new wrinkle on Governor Brown's plan to ask voters if they want an extension of taxes rather than another $12 billion in budget cuts. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, a conversation with two residents of Cairo about what it's like to live in a city where history is being made.
AEG Pushes Downtown Football Stadium, Majestic Punts for Irwindale ()
When the Super Bowl game starts Sunday in Dallas, it will have been 16 years since Los Angeles last saw the National Football League. The Rams and the Raiders left in 1994. Now, AEG, developer of the highly successful Staples Center and LA Live, has put on a full-court press for a new stadium downtown, with $700 million in naming rights already guaranteed by Farmers Insurance. Mayor Villaraigosa, Councilwoman Janice Hahn and other officials took part this week in the announcement, which was compared to a pep rally and aired live by Fox Sports TV. The AEG proposal for downtown LA isn't the only one being made to lure the NFL back into the region. Billionaire developer Ed Roski is even further ahead on a stadium in City of Industry. Since the Rams and the Raiders left 16 years ago, there have been plans and discussions about the Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, Anaheim and Irwindale.
- Michael Hiltzik: Business Columnist, Los Angeles Times, @latimeshiltzik
- Janice Hahn: Candidate, Lieutenant Governor of California, @JaniceHahn
- Greg Nelson: Retired Director, LA Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
Proposed Special Election Could Be Mail-in Only ()
In his campaign for Governor, Jerry Brown said he would never raise taxes without a vote of the people. Now, faced with a $25 billion budget gap, he wants to cut $12 billion in budget cuts, matched with $12 billion in revenues by extending increases in income taxes, sales taxes and vehicle license fees enacted during the Schwarzenegger Administration. Brown is proposing an election, one that possibly might be conducted exclusively by mail. Phillip Matier is half of the team of Matier and Ross at the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Phil Matier: Political Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Egypt: Ten Days of Protests, Disruption and Continued Uncertainty ()
As the protests in Cairo have turned violent, some 17 million residents are wondering when their lives will return to normal. We hear what it's like to live in a city where history is being made and where Egyptians await resolution of the dispute over who will lead their country.
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