Ron Kaye Wants L.A. To Vote On A Measure That Would Ensure Not One Taxpayer Dollar Goes Toward NFL Stadium Downtown
It looks more and more like L.A. is going to get an NFL stadium. Ed Roski's Majestic Realty has a plan for one in the city of Industry. Staples Center boss Tim Leiweke has offered some ideas of his own, including a possible venue at the Convention Center, next to Staples and LA Live.
Ron Kaye wants ironclad, no-public-money deal for NFL stadium.
You'd probably be hard pressed to find sports fans who are bummed about either prospect. The town is overdue for a football team.
But some folks don't trust Leiweke's pitch (told to the Weekly Friday) that taxpayers wouldn't spend one penny if he brought the NFL downtown. Valley leader Ron Kaye says let's put that into writing:
He wants to see a city ballot measure for March that would reflect "a 1978 Charter measure that barred the use of public funds to support the 1984 Olympics" in Los Angeles. That law was pushed by then-Mayor Tom Bradley.
" ... We need the Bradley solution: An iron-clad Charter measure that takes AEG's Tim Leiweke at his word that no public money will be used for it, that every element will be financed and paid for by AEG."
What do you think? Necessary, or a hindrance to positive development downtown? Would you vote for it?