L.A. ARENA DEVELOPERS SAY INITIATIVE AN ARENA KILLER
Developers of a new downtown L.A. arena "vowed
Wednesday to abandon their plans" if a proposed initiative
requiring popular votes on publicly subsidized pro sports
facilities qualifies for the ballot, according to Ted
Rohrlich of the L.A. TIMES. Rohrlich: "The statement
represented a significant toughening of the developers'
previous public position that they would probably abandon
the project if the proposed initiative by Councilman Joel
Wachs receives the 62,000 signatures it needs in the next
four months to qualify for a spot on the ballot sometime
next year. The developers also indicated that they are
willing to wage a publicity campaign to dissuade voters from
signing the councilman's petitions." Anschutz Corp.
President Cannon Harvey: "We will certainly do what is
necessary to make sure that Mr. Wachs' proposed initiative
is well understood by the voters" (L.A. TIMES, 9/18).