Garrett Harris 10:11 p.m., May 23
AEG Raises Farmers Field Lobbying Ante
Earlier today, AEG, short for Anschutz Entertainment Group, got the green light from the L.A. city council to proceed with the next step of its planned Farmers Field football stadium, one prospective tenant of which may be the San Diego Chargers.
The Spanos family relies on a single advisor, Mark Fabiani, to be its point man in efforts to keep the team in San Diego county. He has wandered from city to city in search of a public financing deal, so far without success.
In the meantime, AEG has called on a phalanx of lobbyists to guide its project through California's and L.A.'s political thickets.
First, at the state level, there is the firm of Aprea and Micheli, whose other clients include giants like Hewlett-Packard, the LA. Metropolitan Transit Authority, and trash behemoth Republic Services.
According to its recently filed state lobbying disclosure report, AEG paid Aprea and Micheli $64,786 during the three months ending in June. In all of the first quarter, AEG spent just $112.50 on state lobbying, the reports say.
In L.A., AEG has, according to that city's online disclosure records, used the services of two outfits: the law firm of Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac, LLP and Sage Advisors Inc, both "authorized to lobby any city agency" on behalf of AEG.
Besides AEG, other big players Sage is registered to lobby for include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18; Hanjin International Corporation; and Airbus Americas.
Armbruster is registered to handle the L.A. Country Club; Boy Scouts of America; Pet Smart, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, among a raft of others.
Sage's Lucy McCoy has a lengthy history of L.A. politicking and influencing. Her associate at the firm, Chris Modrzejewski, has long been an AEG advisor and was once senior transportation deputy to City Councilman Richard Alarcon.
AEG paid Sage $50,000 in the first quarter, none in the second.
On the other, AEG paid the Armbruster firm $660,659.36 in the second quarter and $47,162 in the first.