New law may keep team out of L.A.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 If the NFL invests in a new stadium, use of the redevelopment tools in this law would add a net of $49.7 million to the state’s general fund, according to the I-Bank’s staff report. Also, between $20 million and $30 million would be made available as a subsidy to developers interested in building public housing in the area. The possible relocation of another team in California has long been a chief concern of the state because while Los Angeles would gain, another city would lose, according to Coliseum Commission president Bill Chadwick, one of three state representatives on the nine-person board. The Chargers, 49ers and the Raiders each have leases that expire before a renovated Coliseum would be ready, likely in 2010. All three are looking for new or renovated stadiums. – Larry Johnson turned himself in to face an assault charge after an altercation with his girlfriend at a bar, the latest in a series of troubles with the law for the Kansas City running back and other Chiefs players. Police Department spokesman Darin Snapp said Johnson was cited Monday for domestic abuse assault. He posted bond and was released, with a court date set for Tuesday. The redevelopment legislation calls for any increases in tax revenue in the Hoover Redevelopment Zone — the area surrounding the Coliseum — spurred by a $500 million renovation of the Coliseum to be put back into area’s infrastructure and public housing. While these benefits apply only if a team relocates to the Coliseum from outside California, the state agency, known as the I-Bank, wants the language to be stronger — that the Coliseum will not allow a team to relocate. Snapp said Johnson’s girlfriend came into the bar early Saturday and saw him with another woman. The 25-year-old girlfriend, of Overland Park, Kan., then walked away, Snapp said, but Johnson text messaged her on her phone and asked her to meet him downstairs. He then grabbed the woman by the arm and pulled her to the front door, where Johnson asked the manager to make her leave, Snapp said. The manager said he couldn’t do that. Snapp said Johnson became irate after his girlfriend confronted the other woman. The running back grabbed his girlfriend by the shoulders and shoved her to the floor, the police report said. Johnson was charged in December 2003 with aggravated assault, a felony, and misdemeanor domestic battery for allegedly brandishing a gun during an argument with an ex-girlfriend at his home. He entered a diversion program and was required to complete 120 hours of community service, attend an anger management course and stay out of trouble for two years. If it’s determined he committed a criminal act, Johnson County prosecutor Paul Morrison said his office would file a motion to revoke the running back’s diversion. Johnson is the latest of several Chiefs players in trouble with the law either at bars or because of alcohol. Earlier this year, cornerback Eric Warfield pleaded guilty to a third offense of driving under the influence, a felony. He was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of this season. During training camp, backup quarterback Todd Collins was involved in a scuffle at a restaurant and bar near River Falls, Wis. In earlier incidents, kicker Lawrence Tynes was charged with breaking a bouncer’s nose in a River Falls bar fight. Defensive tackle Junior Siavii and safety Greg Wesley also were arrested during camp after allegedly getting into a drunken confrontation with police in a Minneapolis hotel. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Torrie Cox was jailed early Tuesday after being charged with driving under the influence, his second drunken driving arrest in nine months. – Former New York Jets player Joe Klecko accidentally hit and killed a man while driving on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, police said Tuesday. Klecko was a defensive end for the Jets from 1977-87 and finished his career with the Indianapolis Colts in 1988. He was a member of the heralded New York Sack Exchange, the Jets’ dominant defensive front that included Mark Gastineau and Marty Lyons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES — Concerned that a new law might be used to lure the Raiders, Chargers or 49ers to Los Angeles, the state left Coliseum officials, the city attorney and local political leaders scrambling Tuesday to keep alive a key component of the Coliseum’s proposal to bring a NFL team to Los Angeles. Local officials worked well into Tuesday night hoping to craft new language in a proposed ordinance that would nullify the state’s Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, whose board will consider whether to approve it at a meeting today in Sacramento.