Councilman's motion opposes break for LA stadium

A Los Angeles City Councilman has introduced a motion that would oppose any efforts by the developer of a downtown NFL stadium to seek relief from the state's environmental review process.

Councilman Paul Krekorian said Tuesday that protecting the 64,000-seat venue proposed by entertainment company AEG from lawsuits over its environmental impact report would weaken the council's ability to review the project.

AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke has said he hoped the city and state would cooperate on granting his firm such a break. State lawmakers granted an exemption in 2009 for a rival stadium proposal near Los Angeles that nullified a lawsuit over its environmental review

State legislative leaders said last week that they would be against passing another such exemption.

AEG spokesman Michael Roth had no comment.

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