Bill to fast-track L.A. Olympics projects, Clippers arena stalls – LA … – Los Angeles Times

State lawmakers shelved a bill Friday that would have fast-tracked bus, train and other transit projects for Los Angeles’ 2028 Olympic Games and a new Inglewood arena for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The measure, SB 789, unveiled a week ago, would have lessened the projects’ developers duties under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. The law requires developers to disclose and reduce a project’s effects on the environment, a process often fraught with costly and time-consuming legal challenges.

SB 789 would have exempted Olympics transit projects from CEQA entirely and, among other benefits, reduced court-decision timelines for potential lawsuits against the Clippers’ arena. These perks could have limited opposition and dramatically sped up construction.

But legislators on the Assembly Natural Resources Committee expressed concerns about giving well-heeled developers special treatment, and the bill failed to get enough votes to advance.

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