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The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to approve the formation of an ad hoc committee to oversee the proposed Downtown L.A football stadium being designed by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). City Council President Eric Garcetti, 13th District, President Pro Tempore Jan Perry, 9th District and Assistant President Pro Tempore Dennis Zine, 3rd District, called for the creation of the committee on Feb. 2, as well as a city staff working group and an independent fiscal analysis on the stadium plan to be completed by the city.
The city staff working group would be composed of a chief administrative officer and chief legislative analyst, which would both be appointed by Garcetti. The group would also include other relevant city staff, such as L.A. Convention Center employees, which would analyze any stadium plan and have it addressed by the Office of Economic Analysis, which was recently created by Garcetti to provide in-depth fiscal analysis to the city.
“In these dire economic times, we must be prepared to strategically and aggressively create jobs and protect public funds,” Garcetti said. “These actions are aimed at ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to tackle whatever stadium proposal is submitted and make sure taxpayers and the city budget are protected.”
While no official proposal has been submitted to the city, representatives from Garcetti’s office said that any proposal introduced would be very complex and would need to be treated with a lot of scrutiny.
“We want the council to act based on the facts, not the hype,” said Yussef Robb, spokesperson for Garcetti. “We want to make sure that the people of Los Angeles will benefit from any plan and that the taxpayers are protected.”
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