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Just what LA needed: a huge triathlon Sunday during Carmageddon 2

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L.A. Triathlon

The bike course of the L.A. Triathlon

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The run course of the L.A. Triathlon

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The route of the 2012 Herbalife Triathlon


While officials are pleading with Los Angelenos to stay off the roads, 2,500 athletes from 29 states and 13 countries will descend on our streets for a triathlon Sunday.

Yes, this Sunday: Carmageddon 2 Sunday.

In fact some of the same officials who are encouraging locals to lay low are the ones who approved the race that will stretch from Venice Beach to downtown L.A. from Sunday morning through the early afternoon.

According to Jan Fambro, the spokesperson for the Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles, the 12-year-old event already had all its permits in order when it was announced that Carmageddon 2 was going to happen during the same weekend. 

"We confirmed that date eleven months ago," she told KPCC on Wednesday. "Even after we found out that Carmaggedon was Saturday and Sunday we didnt have a choice. We couldn't change the date because of the schedule," she explained.

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Shots fired into a building in downtown LA

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Police are reporting that shots were fired in to building near 600 South Olive St. in downtown L.A. around 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, according to LAPD Officer Wendy Reyes.

Officials are looking for any possible victims as well as a suspect. Reyes says the shots may have been fired from another building.

Andrew Blankstein of the L.A. Times tweeted that the business hit was located at 631 Olive and that the shots may have come from an air-rifle from a building at 629 S. Hill or from atop the L.A. Athletic Club. 

According to KCAL, Hill Street was closed southbound between 6th and 7th Street as the LAPD investigated.

The closure was later lifted by the LAPD, according to police department spokeswoman Tenesha Dobine. Information on the shooter could not be disclosed, although there appears to have been no victims.

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AEG would fund new freeway lane, better train station to ease NFL stadium congestion

AEG's 10,000-page Environmental Impact Report

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AEG's 10,000-page Environmental Impact Report

To ease the congestion created by football fans flocking to downtown Los Angeles, AEG says it would throw tens of millions of dollars at projects to upgrade freeways, city streets and public transportation stations.

AEG's 10,000-page Environmental Impact Report, released Thursday, notes that Farmers Field will have "unavoidable significant impacts" on the area, including the influx of an estimated 20,000 vehicles downtown on game days.

In an effort to avoid transportation bottlenecks, the group says it will pay $2.4 million to help fund an additional lane to the Hollywood Freeway, and $10 million for upgrades to a Metro Blue Line station located near the proposed stadium. 

The report also says the plan meets requirement of a carbon-neutral stadium

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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AEG debuts NFL-in-DTLA 10,000-page environmental report

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In this rendering released by AEG, the proposed football stadium to house a NFL team in Los Angeles, California is seen. It was announced February 1, 2011 that AEG has sold the naming rights for the proposed stadium to Farmers Insurance Group for $650,000, calling the stadium "Farmers Field."

A 10,000-page report on the environmental impact of building a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles will be presented to City Hall Thursday morning. 

AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke will present the document -- 18 months and $27 million in the making-- to the city.  Next step, a 45-day period for public comments.

The Farmers Field report, AEG hopes, will lessen concerns about traffic and parking surrounding the proposed $1.4 billion NFL stadium.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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