UPDATE: The mayor, living in his own fantasies, responds to the news by suggesting they done him wrong: “For the past three years, the City has expedited our process and lived up to our end of a deal to bring the NFL to Los Angeles and create a world-class convention center. Now that AEG is no longer for sale and they have indicated that bringing an NFL team to L.A. remains a priority, I call on AEG to live up to its commitment by immediately sitting down with the NFL to reach an agreement.” He still wants the Convention Center rebuilt and promises that “we will continue to pursue the important work of making downtown L.A. a better place to work, live, visit and dine regardless of whether the NFL and AEG reach that agreement.”
Somebody is going to have to pay for this, right here on Earth before they go to Hell.
No NFL. No Farmer’s Field. No AEG Sale. No Convention Center Expansion. No Tim Leiweke.
No accountability for the mayor, the City Council and the bureaucrats who wasted the public’s time and money on deal that never made any sense at all, was the fantasy of a hustler who lavished them all with money and favors and flattery.
Truly, if there any honor among the self-serving boobs at City Hall they would do the right thing and fall on their swords. But we know there is no honor among these thieves.
They gave away the farm for nothing, filled the newspapers and airwaves with lies built on phony studies and ignored data, and then failed address legitimate and well-documented concerns.
Not a one of our professional politicians challenged the AEG stadium/Convention Center; our beloved mayor was confidently defending the deal back in September when the NFL made it clear that Farmers’ Field didn’t pencil out financially, just as the outside experts had been warning all along.
“Our contract is iron clad. (The new owners) are gonna have to continue moving ahead,” he said, clearly uninformed that deal was not a deal.
Neither did Clueless Valley Girl Wendy Greuel who said at the time: “I have every indication that AEG will make sure that whomever purchases it will live up to the expectations. I’m gonna make sure we pick up that phone and make sure they live up to the commitment to make sure the city is whole.”
And just three weeks ago, the man who guided the AEG deal through the Council, its President and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti explained:
It would be great to bring football back to Los Angeles. While football is only 8 games a year, having a large indoor multi-use arena will help the city attract NCAA Final Fours and other large attractions that will draw more visitors to L.A. And the project would also improve the L.A. Convention Center, making it world-class and bringing conventions and business to Los Angeles. Improving our convention center while building a downtown stadium without any public subsidy would help us bring immediate jobs and long-term jobs to our economy.
Yes, professional football is a uniquely popular attraction that draws fans from across the region. Big games, like the Rose Bowl and Super Bowl, draw huge interest in our city and encourage talented individuals to move to L.A.
So Mr. Wannabe Mayor, what’s your plan to bring those millions of tourists flocking to downtown L.A. and to the Convention Center that is no bigger than the one we got, the one usually referred to as the White Elephant that eats a $50 million hole in the city budget year after year?
And what about all those construction jobs and the jobs serving beer and hot dogs and cleaning toilets and the massive migration of “talented individuals” like you and your friends who are going to come here and rejuvenate are aging and failing city.
I could go on and on for thousands and thousands of words for days on end. I could say I told you so from day one.
But the only thing worth saying is that somebody does have to pay: I got news for you suckers, that somebody is you.