Los Angeles may sponsor Super Bowl Rams champion from the city – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

An overbearing legal corruption show at Los Angeles City Hall stirs the imagination. Take City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, for example. Excuse me.

For the record, this newspaper’s editorial board has endorsed businessman Scott Silverstein, who is challenging Blumenfield as he is running for a third term. Years ago Blumenfeld ran for the position of undertaker to eradicate the “scourge” of mobile billboards, and now the area is increasingly a rubbish-strewn homeless haven smeared with graffiti. Under Blumenfield, City Hall continued its old habit of reducing services to residents of the western San Fernando Valley.

Bloomenfield is now shockingly hinting at an intent to extort concessions from Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who recently purchased the location of the Promenade Shopping Center in Woodland Hills. Maybe it wasn’t shocking. It’s business as usual at Los Angeles City Hall.

Bloomfield’s predecessor struck a deal to give taxpayers millions of dollars to a shopping mall company that wanted to build an outdoor mall called The Village between two indoor malls, one of which is Promenade, that it already owned. Then, with your tax dollars backing up expensive new property full of high-priced stores and restaurants, the mall company allowed the upscale boardwalk to fall into disrepair.

The former location of the luxury retailer has become “devastated,” according to Bloomenfield, who worked passionately with the mall company to “grant” the 34-acre property into a sort of mini Manhattan. In an area already congested with traffic, the mall will be replaced with up to 1,432 multi-family housing units, 244,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 629,000 square feet of office space, and up to 572 hotel rooms and a sports arena with 15,000 seats — each This is with only 5,610 parking spaces on site.

A traffic study found that the project would result in “intersection effects” and “traffic effects on parts of neighborhood streets” as well as blocked neighborhood traffic and “queuing” on highway slopes. Experts cited in environmental assessments also warned that people attending events in the plaza may park on side streets in nearby neighborhoods to avoid paying high parking fees.

None of that mattered to the city, which went ahead and “fully given” this massive mega project. Then something unexpected happened. The Mall Company sold the property for $150 million. The deal closed in March. Now the buyer has been revealed to be the billionaire owner of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

“Media reports have hinted that the Rams family was considering setting up a year-round training site,” Daily News journalist Olga Grigoriants reported last week.

City Councilman Blumenfeld speaks three words: No. So. Fast.

“Unless they come into town to demand changes of some kind, and we grant them, they still have to do whatever is required in the entitlements,” Blumenfeld said.

Here are some free tips. Don’t be a billionaire near a Los Angeles politician. The FBI doesn’t have enough handcuffs for all of them.

“Come to town to ask for changes” means you go through a very arbitrary process and generally take years to get plans approved by multiple city offices and departments. “Unless we give them” sounds as if these officials will somehow wait to be honored. “You still have to do whatever is required in the entitlements” apparently to mean that the new owner is expected to pay the tribute promised by the previous owner.

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