Now the Roskis and the Schwarzeneggers had a good idea. They went out on a double date. And they didn't just go out and hang around Hollywood like some other people we know. No, they attended a fundraiser for USC's Thornton School of Music. And the picture on the left, torn from the torrid Society Pages of the San Marino Tribune, pictures the happy foursome as they basked in the glow of all that Trojan culture. While they're not the kinds of people one might immediately associate with those of a more sensitive and artistic nature, the power of music seems to have lifted their hearts and brought beaming smiles to their faces. And who could possibly have a problem with that?
And maybe they have a little something to celebrate as well? After all, it was Arnold that helped Ed get his little football stadium thing going. You might recall that the Governor saw how Ed was being unfairly assaulted by frivolous local residents concerned over the possible environmental effects of a 75,000 seat NFL Football Stadium and attached semi-monstrous shopping mall. So Arnold stepped in and gave the local obstructionists something they deserved, he terminated (so to speak) their CEQA review rights, effectively cutting the ground out from under any lawsuits they might have been plotting.
But just because there will be no ongoing state environmental review of the project should not be taken as proof that we're talking about some ecological pariah. No, according the the author of the special "this case only" legislation that ripped CEQA from the hands of the football haters, we are talking about a Green football stadium! That's right. Just because there will be 40,000 cars in the parking lot it should never be taken for a global warming event. (And just you wait until 75,000 beer loving football fans get a crack at those water-free urinals!)
Here is how Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D - Compton), the author of the bill to save Ed's Stadium, puts it on his official website:
The California State Senate today approved ABxxx 81 by Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall which would facilitate the development of the nation's first "green" NFL stadium in Los Angeles County. The measure was approved by a vote of 21 to 14. Located in California's largest media market, the proposed 75,000 seat LEED certified stadium complex...
Now as most of you already know, LEED ("Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design") certification is what you get when your building project has been deemed green. And while I'm not quite certain what it would take to make a football stadium green, there is one thing that troubles me. How would you know if this thing is worthy of a LEED certification when it hasn't even been built yet? Don't they do tests or something first? The Assemblyman goes on to quote himself:
"While exemptions to the California Environmental Quality Act are rare, there are extraordinary times when exemptions such as this one are necessary," said Assemblymember Hall. "This is an extraordinary time for California's economy: requiring us all to find ways to protect our environment and build our economy."
Well now. Since waiving CEQA rights is at the heart of SB 375, and one would expect that development projects created under its aegis will be neither rare or in any way extraordinary, I don't see how this was really all that unique an occurrence. Under the current regime in Sacramento it strikes this observer as being an almost daily event. And doesn't the Assemblyman's argument in favor of the Roski Bowl sound very similar to Meg Whitman's claims that AB 32 needs to be put on ice because the state's economy demands it? So many questions, so few answers.
One other thing. Going back to our fun couples, did you know that Ed Roski is one of the interested moneymen supporting the Thornton Schools at USC? In two posts on 12/28 from "Hocus Pocus" the following was revealed:
Development is a "diktat" in California, no market forces any more. What's not to love for an Austrian? There's more to this than Ahhnold. Check out the money half, Thornton. USC's Population Dynamics Group came up with the rationale for the RHNA numbers ... The Flora L.Thornton Foundation, heavily connected to USC among other Universities, is a funding source for USC's thinktank activities, which have been co-opted by development interests. Follow the money, as always. That's why Roski is the Chair for that Thornton fundraiser. Ahhnold is a sideshow wannabe. The Kennedy dynasty is burning out, particularly in California.
Nice tie, Ed.