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Controversy Surrounds Proposed Dodger Stadium Gondola Project: A Battle Over Transit, Community Impact, and Private Funding

In 2020, Boyle and Robert Ross, the CEO of California Endowment, jointly expressed their opposition to the proposed gondola project in a letter addressed to Metro and the city. They criticized the gondola as primarily serving private interests and catering to tourists.

Originally proposed by former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt six years ago, the gondola project is now facing its first public vote scheduled for Wednesday. A Metro committee will review a staff recommendation to move the project forward to Metro’s board of directors.

The estimated construction cost of the project is up to $500 million, with an anticipated opening in 2028. Proponents argue that the gondola would provide free rides to fans while alleviating traffic congestion and pollution near the stadium.

A positive vote on Wednesday could pave the way for the Metro board to approve the environmental impact report the following week, marking the initial step in a series of required approvals from various public agencies.

Despite expectations for a vote last month, proponents delayed it to ensure sufficient support was secured. Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass chairs the board but hasn’t disclosed her stance on the gondola. When questioned about the mayor’s position, her press secretary cited her focus on addressing storm-related issues.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, whose district encompasses Dodger Stadium, declined to comment on the matter. City Councilwoman Eunisses Hernandez, whose district includes the stadium area, expressed concerns about the project. She introduced a motion to postpone the city council’s consideration until a thorough study comparing the gondola with alternative transit options, such as expanded bus services and park-and-ride facilities, is completed.

Hernandez emphasized the importance of ensuring private funding for both construction and operation to avoid burdening taxpayers. She also called for transparency regarding potential development plans for the Dodger Stadium parking lot, co-owned by McCourt. Hernandez underscored the need to prioritize community interests over individual profit motives in advancing the project.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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