Assembly Bill 987 to expedite LA Clippers arena project approved in state Legislature
Assembly Bill 987, which will also help Inglewood revitalization, awaits governor’s signature SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 987, designed to boost the Los Angeles Clippers arena project expected to create 10,000 construction jobs, 1,400 permanent jobs, $1 billion in
Assembly Bill 987, which will also help Inglewood revitalization, awaits governor’s signature
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 987, designed to boost the Los Angeles Clippers arena project expected to create 10,000 construction jobs, 1,400 permanent jobs, $1 billion in local investments, and generate millions in Inglewood tax revenues, was approved by both houses of the Legislature, Aug. 31.
Assembly Bill 987, authored by Assemblywoman Kamlager-Dove, D-Los Angeles, and Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Inglewood, with overwhelming support, now awaits approval by Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill will help streamline the process in which the Clippers arena and the larger sports and entertainment project, can be built in Inglewood.
A longstanding debate in the Legislature exists over the stringent restrictions that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), presents and whether or not they should prevent projects such as these from occurring. Currently, CEQA requires prior to the construction of projects, local and state agencies and developers must identify and disclose the environmental impacts and the process in which such impacts can be mitigated. This has caused a significant barrier to the completion of critical projects and highlights the importance of a continued discussion around CEQA.
Overall, AB 987 still requires a full and comprehensive Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and mandates that the new facility will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified, but also safeguards the project from ongoing litigation to prevent developers from meeting project deadlines.
According to Sen. Bradford, the arena project is also expected to have a major social impact.
“In Inglewood and some of the surrounding communities in my district, roughly 30 percent of children live below the poverty line and unemployment is twice the state average,” said Bradford. “As a longtime resident and elected official in this region, I have worked towards addressing this problem, which is unacceptable.
“The way we change this is by providing greater opportunities for work, with respectable wages, and higher quality health care, benefits, schools, and public services. AB 987 helps ensure this by facilitating the construction of the new, state of the art arena, bringing jobs and the much-needed tax revenue that will come with it,” Bradford said.
“For far too long, the City of Inglewood and surrounding communities that I represent, have been overlooked and often ignored,” Bradford continued. “If projects in other localities across California can be expedited for football stadiums, basketball arenas, entertainment venues, tech companies, high-rises, transit projects, and even prisons, then we too deserve the same treatment for projects in our region. This is about more than basketball — it is about Black and Brown communities determining and establishing its own economic destiny.”
AB 987 has received widespread support from city and county elected officials, the California Legislative Black Caucus, South Bay Cities Council of Government, labor unions, local community members; and other public safety, religious, and community organizations, and businesses.
Both houses of the California State Legislature have unanimously approved Assembly Bill 987 to expedite the Los Angeles Clippers arena project and revitalization projects in the City of Inglewood. Courtesy California State Assembly