AEG’s TIm Leiweke has good reason for pulling out all stops to block anyone from suing over his NFL stadium plan in downtown LA — lies aren’t perjury if you didn’t swear on a stack of Bibles in court to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
No sooner did Leiweke bamboozle the City Attorney’s office and the City Council into signing off on a Memorandum of Understanding that gives away the farm to AEG for next to nothing, then we learn a key element wasn’t the way AEG said it was.
It took the Society of Critical Care Medicine to figure out that the framework stadium plan just approved is not what it was supposed o be with regards to the promise that the new wing of the LA Convention Center — a $2 billion white elephant heading towards its fourth disastrous incarnation — will be completed and operational before the old wing is demolished.
The medical association on Thursday canceled plans to hold a gathering of 5,000 members at the Convention Center in February 2014 after the group’s CEO David Martin was “told by officials with the Los Angeles’ convention and visitors bureau, known as LA Inc., that part of the new building would overlap with the existing one, so the latter would have to be removed before the former is built,” according to Associated Press reporter Jacob Adelman..
“We really can’t risk our largest event of the year on construction,” said Martin, who added that the group had not changed an existing plan to hold its 2021 convention at the Los Angeles venue.
LA Inc. spokeswoman Carol Martinez could not immediately account for the discrepancy between the construction schedule related to Martin and the plan that was approved by city officials, AP reported. She said she regretted the medical group’s cancellation, but saw it as an acceptable loss in light of what would be an improved convention center campus that can attract bigger events once work is complete.
“In the long run, this will be extremely beneficial,” she said.
Don’t expect anyone involved in this sham to lose much sleep over the exposure of this deceit, certainly not ambitious state Sen. Kevin DeLeon who is holding a dog-and-pony show Friday for Leiweke’s stadium plan to drum up support for the legislation needed to exempt the deal from legal challenge under the state’s tough environmental laws.
The event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan State Building’s auditorium (AEG-DeLeon.docx) is headlined “Community Impacts of Proposed Stadium Weighed by State Senate Select Committee on Sports and Entertainment.
“Since the departure of the Raiders
for Oakland in 1995, Los Angeles has not had an National Football League team.
Friday’s hearing will examine the latest plan to bring football back to Los
Angeles,” the press release says. “This proposal must be fully scrutinized to expose any financial risk
to taxpayers and to reveal potential environmental impacts. This project
will be thoroughly vetted to ensure that any action improves the local
residents’ quality of life.”
To fulfill his commitment for scrutiny and vetting, DeLeon who surely must be headed to the City Council has set up six “panels” starting with NFL defensive great Michael Strahan as a solo act on Panel 1 called “The Need for Football Downtown” and Leiweke as a solo on Panel 3.called “Minimizing Taxpayer Risk, Stadium Financing and the Return of Football.”
In between them, CLA Gerry Miller and his assistant Mark Whitaker who negotiated the MOU with AEG will defend what they have wrought. Panel No.4 features four union leaders answering the topic question “Will Farmers Field Create Jobs?” in the affirmative based on Leiweke’s claims.
There might be some concerns expressed in the last two panels but I doubt if they will be very loud. They bring together experts for “Examining Land Use and Environmental Concerns” and community people for “Balancing the Event Center and Community Needs.”
It’s probably worth noting that immediately after shilling for Leiweke, DeLeon is rushing to Vernon where the Chamber of Commerce of the notoriously corrupt town is staging a rally in support of his plan for “reform” instead of Assembly Speaker John Perez’s nuclear option of dissolving Vernon and making it an unincorporated part of the LA County governed by the Board of Supervisors.