Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition Settles Lawsuit Challenging Proposed Downtown Stadium

Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition and AEG have agreed to terms to settle a lawsuit filed by the Coalition and individual LA CAN members and supporters.  LA CAN, Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA and Comunidad Presente, as the lead members of Play Fair, secured commitments on a wide range of community health benefits and measures, including funding for affordable housing, air quality improvement projects, improvements serving bus riders, additional parks and open space, neighborhood improvement plans, and a community team to promote health and protect tenant rights in the surrounding area.

Wesley Walker, a member of the Play Fair at Farmers Field Resident Panel: “We got involved in this issue because of the important community health issues like housing, public safety and access to jobs.  The settlement agreement includes many measures to meet the community’s goals in these areas.”

The settlement includes many community health programs and public participation processes that were recommended by impacted residents during the public approval process over the past months, but went largely ignored by the City.  Among other things, the agreement between AEG and Play Fair includes:

  • A $15 million Housing Trust Fund to preserve and create extremely low-income housing in Pico-Union, South L.A. and Downtown Los Angeles.
  • $1.9 million for air quality and bus rider improvements, to be identified by the communities
  • $300,000 for a team of a housing organizer and a promotora focused on tenant rights and improving housing conditions for at least three years of work focused on a two-mile radius of the stadium
  • Supplements to the neighborhood park commitment, including additional funds and community planning and design processes
  • Neighborhood improvement plans for South LA, Downtown and Pico Union, with funding for improvements identified through community processes
  • The establishment of a two-year pilot project regarding transit and  transportation plans for stadium attendees
  • Requirement that the City’s living wage will be the minimum for all on-site jobs
  • Establishing that 40% of all local hires in permanent jobs will be prioritized for “disadvantaged” workers
  • Establishing access for very small street vendors to the plaza and public spaces on event days
  • Numerous community input and notification processes for public safety impacts, construction impacts, and other concerns
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