Saturday, October 22, 2016

Never say never to football in Chavez Ravine

Is mayor Villaraigosa a bigger fan of NFL football or Dodger owner Frank McCourt? The mayor’s staff scrambled last week to intercept an effort by Ed Roski to get the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce to support his proposed NFL stadium in the City of Industry. Robert “Bud” Ovrom, the Mayor’s point-person on business matters, called up chamber leaders and urged them not to back the City of Industry site as the only stadium option, according to the LA Times:

“The idea was to allow the chamber to also endorse such alternative sites as, say, Chavez Ravine. The chamber obliged.

As for a team?

Well, Villaraigosa attended the recent playoff game between the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts – as a guest of Chargers owner Alex Spanos.”

With the Dodgers already planning to build a shopping mall of sorts in their acres of parking lot, would there be any room left for a football stadium? I’m sure engineers and financiers could figure something out, maybe even squeezing in a bus stop for a Dodger-financed shuttle service to the games. In the meantime, perhaps residents living near the stadium might want to want to dust off their “No Football!” protest signs or start practicing the chant “Go Chargers!”

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