California State Legislature Overwhelmingly Passes AB 987

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bill Will Help Transform Vacant Blighted Land into a Beacon of Job Creation and Redevelopment for the Inglewood Region 

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Legislature Friday overwhelmingly approved legislation by Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove, (D-Los Angeles),helping pave the way for a game-changing arena project that will stimulate the economy with thousands of high-wage jobs while providing new environmental benefits.

 AB 987 passed the California Legislature with bipartisan support, demonstrating statewide backing and growing momentum for the new LA Clippers basketball and entertainment complex. It now heads to the desk of California Governor Jerry Brown.

“I love sports, but for me, AB 987 is about more than building a new sports arena,” said Assemblywoman Kamlager-Dove.  “This legislation is about creating thousands of jobs and economic equity for Inglewood and the surrounding communities I am proud to represent. For too long, we’ve been asked to sit on the bench, while watching other cities in other places enjoy expedited legal pathways for major projects that have reinvigorated commercial corridors and environmental benefits to those communities.  Now it’s our region’s turn to take center court.

About AB 987:

AB 987 seeks to provide the new LA Clippers arena project with streamlining relief equivalent to what was permitted for the Sacramento Kings arena and the Golden State Warriors arena in San Francisco. AB 987 still requires a full and comprehensive Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project and requires the new facility to be LEED Gold Certified.

LA Clippers Arena 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 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.