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L.A. City Council Hand-Waves Its Way To Unanimous 2028 Olympics Endorsement

L.A. City Council Hand-Waves Its Way To Unanimous 2028 Olympics Endorsement
From Deadspin - August 12, 2017

A rushed and contentious Fridaymeeting returned the result the Los Angeles City Council was hoping for: a unanimous council endorsement of the 2028 Olympics bid, and agreement that the city would cover any cost overruns associated with the games. From a Los Angeles Times report:

As council members unanimously endorsed the revised 2028 bidand positioned the city to serve as a financial backstop in case the estimated $5.3-billion event loses moneytheir vote was drowned out by a small but voluble group of critics.

I thought this was going to be a marathon, Mayor Eric Garcetti later said of the two-year effort. But this has been the hurdles.

The effort was the hurdles because opponents are concerned that the timeline pushed by the IOCa late-summer deadline to get both Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 locked into place, arbitrarily chosen to appease IOC membership and secure approval for the shady, backroom two-winner proposal that pegged the 2024 and 2028 gameskept the city from engaging the kinds of budgeting and economic impact analyses that would normally accompany a commitment of this scope:

Opponents complained that council members were acting without benefit of complete information, hurrying their decision to meet an Aug. 18 deadline set by the IOC.

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