December 30 , 2016 

Mayor's Message
 City of Inglewood Highlights
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     Conan Nolan/Mayor James Butts NBC News Conference

"The Only Thing That Has Changed in Inglewood is....EVERYTHING"
James T. Butts, Jr. Mayor of Inglewood - State of the City Address April 2016

Councilmen Padilla & Morales, Roger Goodell, Stan Kroenke, Mayor Butts, Councilmen Dotson & Franklin, CM Artie Fields - NFL Stadium Bowl Groundbreaking 11/2016

N.F.L. Owners Pave Way for 
Chargers and Raiders to Move

N.F.L. owners on Wednesday showed signs of grudging support for allowing the San Diego Chargers to move to Los Angeles and the Oakland Raiders to leave for Las Vegas, with plans for stadiums in the teams' current cities having all but vanished.

The potential relocations dominated discussion publicly and behind closed doors at a league meeting here as momentum grew for the teams to make the moves, which would represent the most significant reordering of the N.F.L.'s geographic lineup in two decades.

The only thing left is for the Chargers to decide next month whether to exercise their option to leave for Los Angeles and for the Raiders to submit a formal proposal to relocate to Las Vegas, where lawmakers have promised to contribute $750 million toward a stadium.

Although the league has said it prefers teams to remain in their home markets, a growing number of owners acknowledged that the Raiders and the Chargers might end up playing in new cities as soon as next season.

Chargers to L.A.? Team will lease Costa Mesa site for offices, training facility if they move

The Chargers confirmed they will use the site at The Hive and on 3.2 nearby acres as their headquarters and training and practices facilities should they relocate to the Los Angeles market.

The Chargers have agreed to lease part of a Costa Mesa office campus and are working with city officials to secure permits for practice fields at the location in anticipation of relocating to Los Angeles.

The Chargers have confirmed they will use The Hive and 3.2 nearby acres as their headquarters and training and practices facilities should team owner Dean Spanos decide to relocate the franchise from San Diego to the Los Angeles market and a $2.66 billion stadium being built by Rams owner Stan Kroenke in Inglewood.

Spanos must decide by Jan. 15 whether to remain in San Diego or exercise an option to join the Rams in the Inglewood stadium, which is scheduled to for the 2019 season. If the Chargers opt to remain in San Diego the Raiders would then have the option to relocate to Los Angeles and play in the stadium located on a 298-acre development on the former site of the Hollywood Park racetrack.

Spanos darkens black day for 
Chargers, says leaning toward L.A.

Ph ilip Rivers  was loudly booed at  Qualcomm Stadium .

He hadn't even thrown a fourth-quarter interception. No, this occurred as he ran onto the field for pregame warm-ups - while wearing the  Chargers' overwhelmingly popular powder blue uniform.

It got worse.

An hour later, at a time when the individuals on the starting offensive or defensive unit are introduced, the tunnel from which those players emerge was being deflated. Really. The home team was not introduced Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.

This was as about as ugly a day as has ever been in the inglorious history of the San Diego Chargers. That was determined well before the  Raiders won 19-16 and at least 75 percent of the announced crowd of 68,352 stood in unison and roared.

Bonsignore: Barring last-second Hail Mary in San Diego, Dean Spanos ready to move Chargers to L.A.

One of the nation's longest municipal bankruptcies begins its fifth year on Monday And it's probably its last, officials say.

San Bernardino  filed for bankruptcy protection Aug. 1, 2012, swamped by a deficit of more than $45 million - equivalent to 40 percent of the $112 million in revenues the city expects  this year - and fearing it wouldn't be able to make payroll unless a bankruptcy judge stopped creditors from collecting their debts.

That protection isn't cheap: From 2012 until May 2016, the city spent $18.8 million on bankruptcy-related expenses - attorneys and consultants - according to one of those consultants, Teri Cable of Management Partners.


Chargers lease offices, training 
facility in Orange County

The  Chargers have leased a new headquarters and training facility in Costa Mesa in case the team moves to Los Angeles, but the lease has an "out" clause if the Chargers decide to stay in San Diego.

The Chargers must decide by Jan. 15 whether to exercise an option to join the  Rams in a new stadium under construction in Inglewood.

Owner Dean Spanos has not made a decision whether to relocate and won't do so until after the season ends on Jan. 1, a team official confirmed on Friday.

Late push to keep Raiders in 
Oakland likely to run into hurdles with NFL owners

While the Oakland Raiders keep plugging away at their plan to relocate to Las Vegas, the city of Oakland is trying to put together a stadium plan to keep them in the Bay Area.

And on Monday, they provided details of the proposal to the Raiders and NFL representatives.

It comes in the form of a $1.3 billion stadium plan Oakland and the County of Alameda have been working on with former NFL great Ronnie Lott, who has partnered with money management firm Fortress Investment on a development deal for the 105 acres on which the current Raiders stadium sits. Alameda County supervisors Tuesday approved going forward with negotiations on the deal after more than three hours of discussion.

In Losing Rams
St. Louis Wins

Don't cry for St. Louis, sports fans.

The departure of the Rams to Los Angeles, whence they came two decades ago, is something for the city's residents to cheer, not bemoan. St. Louis got lucky.

Sure, fans of professional football in St. Louis are going to miss the Rams. Though they have been bad in recent years, they had some great seasons in St. Louis. From 1998 to 2003, Kurt Warner one of the greatest undrafted players in N.F.L. history set the city on its ear, winning two Most Valuable Player Awards as the Rams' quarterback and leading the team to a Super Bowl victory after the 1999 season.

But the economics underpinning the recent deal St. Louis and the State of Missouri tried to put together to keep the Rams would have been financially ruinous. Let's not be coy about this: St. Louis, a city of fewer than 320,000 people, with a shrinking tax base, simply couldn't afford to help finance the $1 billion stadium that the Rams' billionaire owner, E. Stanley Kroenke, was seeking. Its mistake was in trying.


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