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Downtown L.A. Stadium Plan Gets Fast-Track Okay From Gov. Jerry Brown

Brown signs.
Brown signs.
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Gov. Jerry Brown granted the wish of Anschutz Entertainment Group, the people behind Staples Center, by granting it "fast track" status for its downtown stadium plans.

Brown signed the bill that would allow AEG to take any legal challenges to its environmental impact reviews for the planned, 72,000-seat venue straight to appellate courts. That makes it hard for anyone but a large, deep-pocketed organization from trying to stop the project.

The fast-track is on for AEG, even as ...

... it's not yet clear if it will get a team.

The company wants to tear down the publicly owned West Hall of the L.A. Convention Center to build the venue. It also wants about $300 million in cash guaranteed by taxpayers, though it says it will also guarantee a payback and then some via taxes.

The stadium could create some hefty traffic and a sea of billboards. AEG argues it's also worth thousands of much-needed jobs.

[Added]: Stadium-plan collaborator and sports business mogul Casey Wasserman issued this statement:

By signing the bill today, Governor Brown is showing his support of job creation and downtown revitalization. We appreciate his commitment to our long-term goal of bringing a stadium, a team and thousands of jobs to Los Angeles.

-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us. Follow us on Twitter, too: @dennisjromero.