$20M Payday Approved in NFL Stadium Challenge

Attention, east Los Angeles cities (I'm looking at you, Rowland Heights), there's still time to cash in for having to put up with an NFL stadium.

Billionaire developer Ed Roski Jr. has proposed a 75,000-seat, 600-acre complex near the 57/60 freeway interchange. It's a dream come true for football lovers, but a real hassle for neighboring communities. With an NFL stadium, residents can expect an increase in noise, traffic, lights and No. 1 foam fingers.

So to alleviate the costly stadium-induced problems, the city of Diamond Bar on Tuesday night approved a settlement to receive more than $20 million. As part of the agreement, the city of Industry will pay for street improvements, landscaped soundwalls and new public safety costs, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

In exchange for the money and soundwalls, Diamond Bar has given up the right to file a lawsuit.

The city of Walnut has chosen a different path to get a Super-Bowl-sized payday.

Walnut filed a lawsuit on March 25 challenging the project's environmental report. Because one lawsuit is never enough, a second suit was filed on March 30 by Citizens for Communities Preservation Inc., headed by Walnut residents Shiuh-Ming Ellis and Howard Want. It also challenges Industry's environmental assessment of the project.
A meeting is scheduled Wednesday at Industry City Hall to try to resolve that litigation as well, according to court documents filed Friday by lawyers for the city.

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