Football and Freeways
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If LA gets an NFL franchise, would a football stadium guarantee gridlock in downtown LA? Developer AEG released an answer today that's 10,000 pages long. We get a first read. Also, the LA Coliseum Commission is about to turn over a public facility to a private institution, but won't say why. We hear about the terms of the deal. On Reporter's Notebook, how Mexican food conquered America. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is the US becoming a "rentership" society?
Banner image: General view of the game between the Utah Utes and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Football and Freeways ()
AEG, developer of Staples Center and LA Live, released a 10,000-page environmental impact report today on Farmers' Field, its proposed NFL stadium near the intersection of the 10 and 101 freeways in downtown LA. Before the City Council takes it up, there will be 45 days for public comment, if anybody can read it that fast. AEG concedes that 20,000 cars on game days alone will mean "significant and unavoidable" impacts on traffic.
LA Coliseum Panel Close to Deal with USC ()
The LA Coliseum is a public facility on public land, but the Coliseum Commission is getting ready to turn it over to the University of Southern California, a private university. Top former Commission staff members are under indictment for bribery, kickbacks, embezzlement and conflicts of interest. Maybe that's why Commission members — and current staff -- aren't talking out loud. Meantime, the Los Angeles Times has managed to get a copy of the draft agreement. Paul Pringle is co-writing the story.
How Mexican Food Conquered America ()
Even LA's Mexican restaurants didn't carry tacos until after the Mexican Revolution of 100 years ago, and the entrepreneur who started Taco Bell was an Anglo named Glenn Bell. Those are some of the factoids contained in the lively new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. The author is Gustavo Arellano, managing editor of the OC Weekly and columnist behind "Ask a Mexican."
Is the US Becoming a 'Rentership' Society? ()
Hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes look like a good investment — not for re-sale, but for rentals on a massive scale. In Riverside, California, an area hard hit by the housing crisis, one company is buying up five to seven foreclosed homes every day. Will George W. Bush's "ownership society" morph into a "rentership society?"
- Motoko Rich: New York Times, @motokorich
- Barry Zigas: Consumer Federation of America, @zigassoc
- Sharon Kinlaw: Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley
- Rick Sharga: Carrington Holdings, @ricksharga
- Cheryl Russell: New Strategist Publications, @TrendCop
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