By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Part 2 of 3 | Last week, footballphds.com began to dissect AEG's Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Farmers Field and Pico Hall. Hard copies of the 10,000 page EIR are available to the public for review at the Department of City Planning, Central Library, Exposition Park Regional Library, and Pico Union Branch Library. Of course, the EIR is of a technical nature and hardly compelling reading for most. Accordingly, footballphds.com has delved into the EIR so that our Wonderful Readers will not have to do so. Today, we highlight fifty-eight key points of the EIR--including our personal favorite at #47--before wrapping up the dissection next week with our own analysis of the project.
1. Single-family and multi-family residences west of the 110 freeway in the communities of Pico-Union and Westlake would not be adversely affected.
2. The development of Famers Field and Pico Hall would be consistent with current land use in the area, meaning that the projects would not significantly alter the existing mix of businesses and buildings.
3. The development would be consistent with the City of Los Angeles Framework Element, meaning that development would reinforce a centralized location in Los Angeles and would be in line with the City's bicycle plans, public transit plans, and walkability objectives.
4. The EIR makes assumptions about transportation, including the following:
Table 1: Patrons attending Farmers Field Events per EIR Assumptions
Walking or biking from downtown residences, hotels, businesses
7% of total patrons
3.5% of total patrons
20% of total patrons
15% of total patrons
19,467 cars (~2.75 patrons per car)
73% of total patrons
19,560 cars (~ 3 patrons per car)
81.5% of total patrons
5. 11 traffic intersections would be affected by traffic on Sundays before the game. 18 intersections would be affected on Sundays after the game. (Note: footballphds.com uses "game" and "event" interchangeably for simplicity's sake.)
6. 31 traffic intersections would be affected by traffic on Saturdays before the game. 36 intersections would be affected on Saturdays after the game.
7. 77 traffic intersections would be affected by traffic on weekdays before the game. 9 intersections would be affected on weekdays after the game.
8. Traffic on the Pico-Union neighborhood would be potentially significant.
9. 4 freeway segments would be impacted by traffic on Sundays before the game. 9 segments would be affected on Sundays after the game.
10. 6 freeways segments would be impacted by traffic on Saturdays before the game. 13 segments would be affected on Saturdays after the game.
11. 13 freeway segments would be impacted by traffic on weekdays before the event. 3 segments would be affected on weekdays before the event.
12. $1.6 million would be spent through by Los Angeles Department of Transportation, LAPD, Caltrans, and other transportation agencies to install signs, freeway onramp meters, and other traffic management measures.
13. $2.4 million would be spent by Los Angeles Department of Transporation, LAPD, Caltrans, and other transportation agencies to a lane to the westbound 101 freeway between the 4-level interchange and Alvarado Street.
14. Farmers Field will include a traffic Field Operations Center that will be staffed by the LAPD, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Metro, and Caltrans for coordinating and managing transportation and parking issues during events.
15. AEG would contribute $250K for bicycle transportation upgrades. (Note: footballphds.com uses "AEG" to actually mean the LA Event Center LLC and LA Convention Center Hall LLC, which are the legal entities constructing Farmers Field and Pico Hall respectively.)
16. AEG would contribute $750K for a car-share program.
17. Farmers would have 12 electric vehicle charging stations.
18. AEG will have to provide priority parking spaces for hybrid and electric vehicles.
19. AEG will contribute $10 million to improve the Pico Metro Station.
20. AEG will contribute up to $1.2 million to install Changeable Message Signs, which are essentially electronic message boards.
21. AEG will contribute up to $500K for fixed signage.
22. AEG will contribute up to $325K for traffic and parking signage for Pico-Union.
23. Reversible lanes are not feasible and will not be done.
24. Roadway widening is not feasible and will not be done except at a few locations including Los Angeles Street at 17th Street near the 10 westbound off-ramp.
25. AEG will be responsible for various re-striping of lanes and streets, including Blaine Street at the 110 Southbound off-ramp, Blaine Street at 11th Street, and 17th and 18th Streets at Grand Avenue.
26. AEG shall install or fund the upgrade of signal controllers at 73 intersections.
27. AEG shall install or fund Closed Circuit TV Cameras at 9 intersections.
28. AEG shall provide 1,112 additional parking spaces through the construction of two parking structures.
29. AEG shall provide 250 new bicycle parking spaces and a bicycle valet parking system.
30. Overall, 39,086 parking spaces would exist at LA Live and the surrounding lots, which is a reduction of 3,836 spaces due to pending development plans on current parking lot sites.
31. AEG shall contribute $1 million to the ExpressPark Program and then $100K per year for three years.
32. AEG shall arrange remote parking as needed including at USC/Exposition Park.
33. Farmers Field and Pico Hall will be designed to have less than significant impacts on natural late and shading.
34. Increased nighttime lighting would occur during construction and thereafter glare impacts would be unavoidable once Farmers Field gets built.
35. Construction noise would exceed thresholds in daytimes and evenings.
36. Farmers Field crowd noise would exceed thresholds in daytimes and evenings during events.
37. Helicopter noise would exceed thresholds during events.
38. Excess cancer burden of less 0.1 in a million would blanket the residences located north of Farmers Field.
39. Primary source of air toxins would be from diesel via delivery trucks, backup generators, and charbroilers.
40. 54,985 metric tons of carbon dioxide gases would be generated during construction.
Geology and Soils
41. Effects on geology and soil would be limited to the immediate project site and overall be less than significant.
42. No additional earthquake influence will be caused. (This is seriously in the EIR, Wonderful Readers.)
43. Risk of flooding is low.
44. Construction impacts on water quality would be less than significant.
45. Farmers Field and Pico Hall would have less than significant impacts on water quality and groundwater.
Cultural, Historical, and Archaeological
46. No historical landmarks will be affected.
47. Prior to demolishing West Hall of the Convention Center, a photographer will be required to take 35 mm, black and photos of West Hall for recordation of historical buildings. The photographs will be submitted to Central Library. (The FOOTBALLPHDS recommend our talented photographers, Edwin Jimenez and Stanton Jack, as the photographers of record. Yes, the FOOTBALLPHDS will be voicing this preference to AEG and the City of Los Angeles shortly.)
48. There are no archaeological concerns.
49. AEG shall finalize a Comprehensive Security Plan in conjunction with LAPD and with consultation from Caltrans, LAFD, CHP, Sheriff's Department, and MTA.
50. AEG and LAPD will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding that will detail LAPD support staffing for Farmers Field.
51. LAFD will participate in a Comprehensive Security Plan and staff a Unified Command Center.
52. Water conservation measures will include high-efficiency toilets, low-flow public faucets, Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency irrigation systems, hydro-zoning, and other measures.
53. AEG wil construct a local sewer line.
54. During construction, 986,026 tons of debris would be produced.
55. 20% of all building materials will consist of recycled content or will be manufactured regionally.
56. Annually, Farmers Field would consume 20,203 MWh of electricity.
57. Annually, Pico Hall would consume 10,267 MWh of electricity.
58. Annually, the two parking structures would consume 3,072 MWh of electricity.
Earlier this week, footballphds.com explored USC's Master Lease for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Yesterday, LA Times continued its excellent investigative work detailing the corruption within the Coliseum Commission and its affiliates. Our three favorite points from the City Controller's audit of the Coliseum Commission include:
1. $870K was sent to South America for soccer matches that were never held.
2. A stadium staffer was paid for working 25 hours--in a single day.
3. A Coliseum General Manager was given $125K annual bonuses for several years--without undergoing performance reviews.