Downtown Stadium Faces a Hard Sell
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Developers who want the National Football League in downtown LA "guarantee" it won't cost taxpayer money.
Banner Image: Farmers Insurance Exchange executive Paul Patsis with cheerleaders after an event announcing naming rights for the new football stadium Farmers Field at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 1, 2011 in Los Angeles. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Brown Drops Plan to Sell Government Buildings ()
Jerry Brown said today he's canceling former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to raise money by selling state buildings in Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
- Judy Lin: Reporter, Associated Press
Downtown Stadium Faces a Hard Sell ()
Developers who want the National Football League in downtown LA "guarantee" it won't cost taxpayer money. To make sure that taxpayers won’t be left holding the bag, Mayor Villaraigosa, who favors a $1 billion stadium, has appointed a group of local leaders to analyze the plan. But the Associated Press has reported that all of them have ties with the developer, AEG. The group includes former Governor Gray Davis, who got $93,000 from AEG and affiliated companies during his re-election campaign in 2002. We talk with former Governor Gray Davis and others about real conflict and the appearance of conflict.
Huizar and Martinez Try to Tone It Down ()
LA Councilman Jose Huizar was planning a news conference to accuse his political challenger Rudy Martinez of owning a police badge he wasn't supposed to have. But Huizar's event was canceled when it was revealed that his re-election campaign manager, Michael Trujillo, had e-mailed staff members that "we are about to put a political bullet in between Rudy Martinez's forehead and make him pee in his pants, too." Huizar fired Trujillo and last night at a campaign appearance, Huizar's public apology was picked up by AOL Patch.
- Jon Regardie: Executive Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News
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