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California Legislature

State help for planned Clippers arena still possible, senator says

Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) address a large crowd at California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. (Christian K. Lee / Los Angeles Times)
Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) address a large crowd at California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. (Christian K. Lee / Los Angeles Times)

A proposal to fast-track a new arena in Inglewood for the Los Angeles Clippers remains on the table at the Capitol, said the state senator who represents the city.

“If it’s needed, we’re definitely going to introduce it,” said Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena).

In recent years, state lawmakers have passed bills helping possible arenas and football stadiums up and down California. The measures have aimed, for the most part, to provide relief from potential lawsuits under the California Environmental Quality Act by speeding up court-decision deadlines or halting a judge’s ability to block construction, even if it found the project's environmental review didn't adequately study traffic problems or had other flaws.

Bradford has yet to formally propose a measure, but said his goal was to provide similar benefits to the planned Clippers arena. Currently, such projects can apply for speedier court review without special legislation. Bradford said he was weighing whether that process gave enough assistance to the Clippers.

“This is a major opportunity for the city of Inglewood, a city that has been written off for many years,” he said.

Bradford has until Sept. 12 to introduce the bill for passage before the Legislature adjourns for the year on Sept. 15.

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