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Judge Denies AEG’s Motion to Intervene in Coalition’s Lawsuit Challenging State Law Granting Special Privileges for Farmers Field Project

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For Immediate Release

Contacts:
Barbara Schultz, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (213) 640-3823
Dan Stormer, Hadsell, Stormer, Richardson & Renick, LLC (626) 585-9600
Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law (213) 487-4727
Becky Dennison, Los Angeles Community Action Network, (213) 840-4664
Martha Dina Argüello, Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA, (310) 261-0073

Judge Denies AEG’s Motion to Intervene in Coalition’s Lawsuit Challenging State Law Granting Special Privileges for Farmers Field Project

 What: Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition announces Judge Joanne O’Donnell’s decision this morning to deny a motion by Anschutz Entertainment Group to intervene in the coalition’s constitutional challenge to California Senate Bill 292, which granted special privileges for the Farmers Field and Convention Center modification project.

When: Tuesday, October 16th, Courtroom 37

On Tuesday morning, Judge O’Donnell denied a motion by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) to intervene in the Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition’s constitutional challenge to California State Senate Bill 292 (SB292). Passed in 2011, SB 292 violates two sections of the California constitution – the section giving courts original jurisdiction, and that which prohibits special legislation where a general law is applicable. Judge O’Donnell based her decision on the California Attorney General’s ability to adequately defend the California Constitution.

The lawsuit, which was filed late August, followed the opposition of the organizations in Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition to SB 292, viewing it as an unnecessary and unfair attack on the community protections provided by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and creating a special loophole for a large developer at the expense of community health. The Coalition continues to be very concerned about the proposed project’s adverse effects on the health and well-being of residents in Pico Union, Downtown Los Angeles, and South Los Angeles. The lawsuit was filed against the State of California who bears the responsibility for passing SB 292 and for ensuring equitable, constitutional policy-making.

The attorneys representing the plaintiffs are Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP, and Robert D. Newman, Attorney-at-Law.

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Coalition Files Lawsuit against State of California Over Legislation Granting Special Privileges For Downtown Stadium Project

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Not for Release until 10AM, August 30                                 
Contact: Becky Dennison, Los Angeles Community Action Network 213.840.4664

Coalition Files Lawsuit against State of California Over Legislation Granting Special Privileges For Downtown Stadium Project

What:   Press Conference announcing a lawsuit challenging California State Senate Bill 292, which grants special privileges for the Farmers Field and Convention Center modification project.  Both plaintiffs and attorneys, including Spanish speakers, will be available for interviews.

WhenThursday, August 30th at 10:00 AM

Where: ACLU of Southern California Press Room, 1313 W. 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90017

On Thursday, Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition will announce a lawsuit against the State of California challenging the constitutionality of the law that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field and Convention Center modification project. The lawsuit targets California State Senate Bill 292 (SB 292), a law passed in 2011 that sends all environmental challenges to the Farmers Field project directly to the Court of Appeals.

The lawsuit follows the adamant opposition of the organizations in Play Fair at Farmers Field Coalition to SB 292, viewing it as an unnecessary and unfair attack on the community protections provided by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  A project of this size will have enormous environmental and other health impacts on surrounding communities, and a robust and constitutionally valid process is crucial to protecting community health.

The attorneys representing the plaintiffs, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP, and Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law, argue that SB 292 violates two sections of the California constitution – the section giving courts original jurisdiction, and that which prohibits special legislation where a general law is applicable.

Pedro Ares, a resident of South Los Angeles living about a mile from the project and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said, “This project will have a huge impact on this city and my community. I’ve lived in this community for over 50 years, and I’ve seen how rapidly it is changing. This stadium will affect parking, housing prices, traffic, air quality and so much more. We should be taking as much time and giving residents as many opportunities as possible to ensure that we protect the rights of those who will be impacted by the project. We shouldn’t be giving special treatment to any developer to speed up the process.”

According to Dan Stormer of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP, “This bill is blatantly unconstitutional. It is an attempted end run around the constitution.”   Barbara Schultz of Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles added, “It blocks access to the trial court for the citizens of this city who want to challenge a project that fails to mitigate the serious harm to their health and their neighborhoods.”

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