Inglewood Arena Revitalization Bill Gains Legislative Momentum

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove Applauds Committee Passage of AB 987

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove today applauded the State Senate Committee on Judiciary for approving AB 987 – a responsible bill that will help revitalize the City of Inglewood by bringing thousands of new jobs and NBA basketball back to the community.

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.

“I applaud members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for recognizing what this bill will mean to the residents of Inglewood – jobs, economic development and civic pride,” said Assemblywoman Kamlager-Dove, (D-Los Angeles).  “Too often, the California Environmental Quality Act is weaponized by private interests to hold up or effectively kill responsible development. This bill ensures any legitimate legal challenge can be resolved in a timely manner, while still allowing economic revitalization efforts to move forward.”

More than 20 local residents, advocates and community leaders testified before the Judiciary Committee in support of the bill, demonstrating growing support for the transformational project. 

The Clippers Basketball Arena and Entertainment Project would 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 complex will be built entirely with private money and will not require any taxpayer funding.

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.

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 10,000 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.