The NFL Raiders have O.co Coliseum in Oakland but they want the city to pay for a new stadium. The city has been slow to pass the hat, so the Raiders now are planning a move to Los Angeles. The NFL Chargers have Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego but they want the city to pay for a new stadium. The city cant even find a hat to pass, so the Chargers are planning a move to Los Angeles in conjunction with the Raiders. The NFL Rams left Los Angeles Anaheim, Calif., to be more precise in 1994, but now their owner is planning to build a stadium in Southern California, in a different part of L.A. than the facility the Raiders and Chargers are planning. Los Angeles already has the Rose Bowl, the Coliseum and Dodger Stadium. Over the past generation, there have been attempts to build an NFL stadium here in the City of Industry, Irwindale, downtown L.A., and now Carson and Inglewood. How serious are the stakes in L.A.s Stadium Games? Just before the ill-fated, AEG-backed downtown stadium project failed, the sports and entertainment firm commissioned a study by former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge that concluded the competing Inglewood project would be a terrorist threat due to its proximity to LAX Airport. Meanwhile, the Carson and Inglewood city councils have fast-tracked stadium initiatives, bypassing public scrutiny, cutting through bureaucratic red tape with a perpetual green light. So now we have two finalists in the latest L.A. NFL sweepstakes the $1.7 billion, 68,000-seat stadium to be built on a toxic landfill in Carson that would house the Chargers and Raiders, and the $1.86 billion, 80,000-seat stadium to be built on a civic delusion in Inglewood for the Rams. In Los Angeles, the education system is in crisis, with not enough money even for school buses; libraries are closing; roads are crumbling; theres a dearth of affordable housing. The response? Build a stadium.
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