Bradford Fires Back With Daily Breeze Op-Ed After Bill To Clear Way for Clippers/Olympics Projects Stalls In Senate
Categories // LA Focus Friday, 15 September 2017
State Senator Steven Bradford (Inglewood) fired back against negative ad campaigns launched against him over Senate Bill 789 with an editorial in the Daily Breeze yesterday.
The op-ed, intended to set the record straight, was titled, “Ugly truth behind attacks on Inglewood’s hope for Clippers arena”.
Bradford is responding to a series of online attack ads stating that he was trying to “gut CEQA”. Authored by Bradford, SB789—which was put on hold by the California State Senate—would have exempted Los Angeles transit projects built for the 2028 Olympics from the California Environmental Quality Act and reduced the time period during which opponents of a new Clippers’ arena could file lawsuits under the CEQA against the project.
Some have dubbed such CEQA exemptions as “billionaire justice,” an objection said to help shelve the bill, though as Bradford has points out that “before the proposed development, nobody cared about what was happening with this land.”
Bradford specifically targeted Uplift Inglewood, a group created in response to the rising cost of living and housing.
“Shadow groups like Uplift Inglewood care little for our residents,” Bradford wrote. Functioning as a front for entertainment tycoons like Madison Square Garden and Live Nation, they know nothing of our community needs. Determined to dismantle this legislation that would bring competition and healthy investment to the area, these dark-money political action committees put their financial interests ahead of our greater good.”
“In my 20 years representing the area,” Bradford added, “not once has this group made efforts to improve our community. Nothing to attract investment; nothing to promote safety; nothing to direct resources to our schools. It seems their energy is reserved to combat any project interfering with the existing monopolistic control across the entertainment industry.”
Click here to read Bradford’s editorial: http://www.dailybreeze.com/opinion/20170914/ugly-truth-behind-attacks-on-inglewoods-hope-for-clippers-arena-steven-bradford