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According to LA Weekly News, $1 million in federal block grants intended to help the Skid Row homeless in Los Angeles will go to subsidize the architect of the proposed new downtown football stadium. The big San Francisco-based architectural firm, Gensler, will move its office from Santa Monica to downtown LA with the $1 million in federal community development block grant funds stolen from the poor. In a February press release, LA officials boasted that they lured Gensler's 250 employees by granting the company a three-year tax holiday on revenues. The city, with typical disingenuousness, is claiming the move will create jobs, but that is silly; Gensler's Santa Monica office is only 20 miles away. This greasy and smelly maneuver helps the city subsidize the stadium to be constructed by Anschutz Entertainment Group which insists, of course, that taxpayers won't be paying for the project.

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JustWondering April 21, 2011 @ 6 p.m.

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck.....it's another money grab by a billionaire businessman. With all the problems LA and SD have budgetarily how can anyone justify moves like this. (rhetorically speaking)

Because it other people's money and those politicians who control it are rarely, if ever held accountable.

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Don Bauder April 21, 2011 @ 9:02 p.m.

Most politicians won't vote against pro sports corporate welfare because 20% of the people are fanatically attached to the teams, and many others are strongly attached. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 26, 2011 @ 7:41 a.m.

Pro sports owners own local pols the same way Wall Street owns Congress and the executive branch. Money talks. Why must it nauseate? Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 April 27, 2011 @ 8:29 a.m.

The greed of the Pro sports owners-not th efans or players- is destroying the game, the local communities that have the teams, the fan base.

Al Davis did that to the Raiders, and it is happening on a smaller scale all across the different leagues/teams/sports.

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Don Bauder April 27, 2011 @ 10:26 a.m.

Unfortunately, it will take a long time for pro football owners to destroy their own golden goose. This will be a death by inches. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 27, 2011 @ 10:24 a.m.

And in adding the word "greedy," you would be absolutely accurate. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 27, 2011 @ 10:29 a.m.

If more people would take your position, Railsplitter, the citizenry would be much better off. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 27, 2011 @ 12:27 p.m.

Your views are not extreme at all. They are eminently sensible. It's just that in these days of Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann (sp?), Mike Huckabee, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh ad nauseam, so-called "extreme" views now seem to occupy the middle. At least they get the most attention. I never thought the world would get this crazy. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 27, 2011 @ 4:33 p.m.

America's deindustrialization is contributing greatly to the death spiral, along with many other factors, including: vastly excessive government, financial and consumer debt; excessive consumption combined with inadequate production; overly-generous public sector pensions; massive corporate welfare -- you know, all the things we bitch about on this site. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 27, 2011 @ 11:12 p.m.

Believe me, we want people to read the Reader's website -- not just this blog, but the others, too. Best, Don Bauder

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