Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove Unveils Legislation to Assist Inglewood and Create Thousands of Jobs for the Region
State-of-the-Art Arena Project Will Stimulate the Economy While Also Protecting the Environment and Preserving the Community Integrity
Inglewood City leaders, area community members and labor leaders joined LA Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer and Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove to announce widespread support for AB 987.
SACRAMENTO – With widespread community support, Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove, (D- Los Angeles), formally introduced legislation today to assist the City of Inglewood in bringing NBA basketball back to the community by providing CEQA streamlining relief for the new arena project. The bill, AB 987, will ensure the new Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center Project meets strict environmental standards and enhances local services while still protecting vital community interests.
“This is an exciting opportunity to build a world-class environmentally friendly facility in the heart of Inglewood, helping to create thousands of good jobs and improve local services while respecting community interests across the region,” said Assemblywoman Kamlager-Dove, (D-Los Angeles). “AB 987 will help achieve that goal by striking a critical balance, prioritizing the needs of local residents, businesses and the environment. I am encouraged by the overwhelming support for this new Clippers Arena and look forward to working with a team owner who is committed to investing in our community as we work to return an NBA franchise to Inglewood.”
The Clippers Arena project, which will be built entirely with private funds, seeks to convert mostly vacant, city-owned land under the flight path of LAX aircraft and turn it into thriving, productive community uses for the residents of Inglewood and surrounding cities.
The project will create good paying jobs and will include a local hiring goal for Inglewood residents and surrounding cities. The new arena will also provide more entertainment, public spaces, shops and restaurants for the region to enjoy, while providing safeguards for the environment and the community.
In addition, the Clippers Arena Inglewood project will generate substantial new tax revenue, providing needed funding for Inglewood schools, parks, libraries, police and fire services.
“We are committed to giving Clippers fans an unparalleled basketball experience, in an arena that will become a destination and a draw for the community, fans and athletes alike,” said Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer. “We believe the place to realize that vision for the future is here in Inglewood.”
“This new facility will create our own state-of-the-art arena which will provide our players a true home court advantage,” said Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
The Clippers Inglewood Arena project is drawing broad regional support from owners, elected officials and community leaders.
“Revitalization is at the heart of this project, bringing needed jobs, new opportunities and significant resources to the Inglewood community,” said Cecilia Mirando of LAX Tacos. “As Inglewood continues to grow, we’re excited to be part of this transformation and will work to ensure all community members may benefit in the process.”
“This project is the next step in Inglewood’s revitalization, delivering year-round sports and entertainment to the community while helping support our city’s schools, parks, libraries, and public safety services,” said Ricardo Rosales, Director of the Homelight Family Living Program. “This project is important to the City and our surrounding communities, and we’re excited for Inglewood’s next chapter.”
“I am thrilled to support AB 987 and Assemblywoman Kamlager-Dove in this effort,” said Michelle Hicks of R. Hicks Realty. “She understands the importance of community input and I’m confident she’ll balance community needs while helping move Inglewood Forward.”
Background: In 2017, the City of Inglewood and the LA Clippers NBA basketball team entered into a three-year Exclusive Negotiating Agreement to build a new, state-of-the-art sports arena, creating more than ten-thousand jobs and generating millions of dollars in new tax revenues to help improve Inglewood City services and community programs. The proposed site is located on the southeast corner of Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, about three miles east of LAX.
AB 987 requires that a full and comprehensive Environmental Impact Report (EIR) be conducted for the new Clippers Arena Project and ensures it will be subject to the same 270 days for judicial review of any challenge to the EIR, similar to the review period granted to both the Sacramento Kings arena and the Golden State Warriors arena. The Inglewood Arena would be required to be constructed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.