The silence of the sheep was almost deafening throughout the two years of pretend negotiations between City Hall and AEG over an NFL stadium.
A handful of activists with various concerns like Joyce Dillard saw it through the whole course of pseudo-events, the only individual solely on her own behalf to be part of mediation, something she had to fight vehemently for since AEG and the city wanted to stifle her voice as they had the vast majority of LA residents.
Neighborhood Councils and homeowner groups looked the other way, the middle class acted like the future of their city was somebody else’s problem, the business and civic elites stood up and saluted Phil Anschutz and Tim Leiweke as if they were getting a share of the profits or at least a luxury box while the benefits to the public, if any, were none of their business.
No, it was left to people they often call “poverty pimps” to do the hard work of digging beneath the surface, identifying serious legal questions, exposing the truth about significant impacts of the Farmers Field/Convention Center project that will negatively affect nearly everything from air quality and traffic congestion to visual blight and affordable housing stock, in fact all eight major categories of environmental degradation.
On the day of judgment last Friday, they were the voice of Los Angeles, they were the ones who spoke for the silent majority who sat on the sidelines, spectators to decisions that will affect the future of the entire city and the quality of all our lives.
AEG MOVIE ACT THREE: