March 26, 2009

LA suburb suing the NFL

Walnut, Calif., is suing the National Football League in an attempt to block the proposed construction of a stadium in the nearby city of Industry.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the suit claims Industry did not properly inform Walnut residents in their native language about the potential impact of the $800-million stadium.

Walnut is a predominantly Asian suburb about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, which has a large Asian population.

Although Industry knew that the stadium-entertainment complex would impact large Chinese-, Korean-, Tagalog- and Spanish-speaking populations in Walnut, it failed to provide notices for the project in any language other than English, the suit claimed.

It also claims Industry failed to prepare an adequate environmental impact report on the stadium plan, which was presented by Majestic Realty, a company owned by billionaire Ed Roski.

John Semcken, vice president of Majestic Realty, said he was not surprised.

They have been saying their opposition to it, threatening to sue us.