Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last week held a news conference in Industry, Calif., where he announced the signing of a bill to waive state environmental regs and allow construction of a 75,000 seat football stadium. The goal is to attract an NFL football team to the Los Angeles area.
From the governor’s office news release, “Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Move Los Angeles Stadium Forward“:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed Assembly Bill X3 81 by Assemblymember Isadore Hall (D-Compton) to speed up the construction of the long-awaited, environmentally-reviewed Los Angeles stadium complex. Specifically, this bill exempts activities associated with the development and operation of the stadium complex in the city of Industry from the California Environmental Quality Act – essentially cutting unnecessary red tape to get shovels in the ground, people to work and an NFL team in Los Angeles.< “This is the best kind of action state government can create – action that cuts red tape, generates jobs, is environmentally friendly and brings a continued economic boost to California,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “This legislation allows us to move forward with the construction of the nation’s greenest football stadium and create thousands of jobs.”
For a football stadium, a waiver? No objection, but if the goal is cutting red tape to encourage jobs creation, aren’t there better projects? Transmission lines from desert solar-energy generating stations, for example.
But that’s California’s dilemma: The only project that can conceivably be built these days without death by litigation/regulation is something that really doesn’t contribute much in the way of primary wealth creation — a football stadium (with an orthopedic hospital, a movie and live performance theater, and office and retail space).
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