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INGLEWOOD, CALIF. (January 5, 2015) – Hollywood Park Land Company today unveiled an expanded plan

to develop 298 acres in the heart of Inglewood by adding a sports and entertainment district featuring a

world-class stadium and performance venue to a previously approved mixed-use development plan

consisting of more than 4 million square feet of retail, office, hotel and residential space.


The project will be built at no cost to taxpayers, create thousands of construction and permanent jobs for

local residents and generate tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue for the city.


Hollywood Park Land Co. (HPLC) is a joint venture between Stockbridge Capital Group and The Kroenke

Group. Stockbridge, a real estate investment management firm, purchased the original 238-acre

Hollywood Park site in 2005. The Kroenke Group (TKG), a leader in commercial real estate and

development, purchased an adjacent 60-acre parcel in 2013. Stockbridge and TKG joined efforts through

the HPLC venture in 2014 to develop the expanded Inglewood project.


“After nearly a decade of collaborating with Inglewood city leaders and residents on the redevelopment of

Hollywood Park, we are excited to unveil an expanded plan that will bring a world-class sports and

entertainment district to Hollywood Park,” said Terry Fancher, founder of Stockbridge. “We are

committed to working with TKG to build a project that will put Inglewood back on the map as the home of

truly great sports and entertainment venues.”


The development, named the “City of Champions Revitalization Project,” builds on the momentum of the

original 238-acre mixed-use project currently under construction at Hollywood Park after years of

community engagement and the approval of entitlements by the Inglewood City Council in 2009. The

recent reopening of The Forum enhances the potential of the sports and entertainment district.


No tax dollars or public funding will be used for the construction of the City of Champions Revitalization

Project, including the new stadium. Indeed, the revised project is expected to create a long-term revenue

source for the City of Inglewood that is substantially larger than estimates from the prior plan.


The expanded project also will create meaningful employment opportunities for Inglewood residents and

businesses. Specifically, the project adheres to the provisions from the City of Inglewood’s 2009 approval,

which established a goal of at least 30% participation of minority/disadvantaged business enterprises in

the construction of the project and adds a goal of hiring qualified Inglewood residents for at least 35% of

long-term, post-construction jobs at the property.


Incorporating the 60 neighboring acres acquired by TKG into the Hollywood Park Specific Plan provides an

opportunity to create a cohesive central district in Inglewood. This new project will blend a sports and

entertainment district into the core components of the original plan, including new residential

neighborhoods, public open space, parks and a lifestyle retail area.


Signature gathering will begin soon for an initiative that would place the City of Champions Revitalization

Project on the Inglewood municipal ballot in 2015.


As described in the ballot measure, the 298-acre project will include a stadium of up to 80,000 seats and a

performance venue of up to 6,000 seats while reconfiguring the previously approved Hollywood Park plan

for up to 890,000 square feet of retail, 780,000 square feet of office space, 2,500 new residential units, a

300-room hotel, and 25 acres of public parks, playgrounds, open space and pedestrian and bicycle access.


The stadium authorized by the ballot measure will be designed by HKS, Inc., one of the world’s leading

firms for the design of sports and entertainment complexes. A successful ballot measure would shorten

the timeframe for Inglewood’s approval of a stadium, and would mean that professional sports could

return to Inglewood in 2018.


 About Stockbridge Capital Group


Stockbridge Capital Group, LLC is a real estate investment management firm which, together with its

affiliates, manages more than $9 billion in real estate and real estate-related assets. Stockbridge's

investment portfolio comprises nearly 35 million square feet of existing office, industrial, retail,

hospitality and residential properties throughout the United States as well as a development pipeline of

more than 6 million square feet of space. The firm invests across the risk spectrum with core, value-

added and opportunistic strategies, including significant expertise in large-scale development and

redevelopment projects. Stockbridge is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Los Angeles,

Chicago, New York and Atlanta.


About The Kroenke Group


The Kroenke Group (TKG) was founded in 1985 by E. Stanley Kroenke and has been a leader in

commercial real estate investment and development. TKG and its affiliates now own, manage, and

operate more than 60 million square feet, including shopping centers, residential housing

developments, warehouse facilities, and entertainment venues in the United States, Canada, and the

United Kingdom. TKG is responsible for all aspects of managing the various properties in its portfolio. In

addition to its real estate development activities, TKG’s holdings include ranching, professional sports,

media, and wine production ventures throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Mr.

Kroenke owns the St. Louis Rams (NFL) and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) and KSE, UK, whose

holdings include the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Rapids (MLS), Pepsi

Center, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Altitude Sports & Entertainment and Arsenal Football Club (EPL).


Media Contacts


For Hollywood Park Land Company: Randy James – (310) 974-6680.

For The Kroenke Group and Stockbridge Capital Group: Russ Stanton – (213) 241-9865 or


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In another controversial case where a black man was killed, allegedly as a result of a choke-hold by police, the suspect’s family has been awarded $8 million.  A Long Beach civil jury awarded the money to the family of Darren Burley, a 29 year-old man whom Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies admitted to engaging in a violent struggle with in Compton.


Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call on Aug. 3, 2012 because Burley, high on PCP, was choking a pregnant woman.  Plaintiffs argued that during the struggle, the deputies blocked the flow of oxygen to Burley’s brain. Deputies denied ever applying a choke-hold, although they admitted to punching Burley, zapping him with a stun gun and using their body weight to force handcuffs on him.  His death, they say, was caused by sudden cardiac arrest brought on by chronic drug use.  Burley died 12 days after his arrest.


While county prosecutors declined to charge deputies David Aviles and Paul Baserra, citing Burley’s violent behavior, and jurors found Burley to be 40 percent at fault, they still found the county negligent and guilty of battery.


“Mr. Burley was subject to an illegal choke-hold and suffocation when deputies put too much pressure on him face-down during a misdemeanor arrest,” family attorney Carl Douglas said.


Douglas made the announcement on his Facebook page on New Year’s Day:


“Just Bangin' The Drums.. After deliberating for two days, the jury in my wrongful death trial awarded the family of Darren Burley $8 Million. Hallelujah!! Our team of lawyers, Jamon Hicks, Olu Orange, and John Sweeney fought the County lawyers for six weeks before Wednesday's tremendous verdict. Mr. Burley left a wife and five kids under 14, each of whom's life will not be made just a little bit better after losing their father. Though no amount of money will ever bring their Dad back, they will be able to be secure in the memory that his life did matter, and the fair minded people of Long Beach agreed.


“This money will truly result in the dawning of a new day for each of them. How appropriate on New Year's Day!!” 


Douglas is best known for being one of the defense attorneys in the O.J. Simpson murder case.  He is the former managing attorney for the Law Office of the late Johnnie Cochran Jr. before starting his own firm, The Douglas Law Group.  Among his other clients was singer Michael Jackson (both trials), actors Jamie Foxx, and Queen Latifah.




Curbed LA  (, a highly regarded real estate site has named Inglewood as the “2014 Neighborhood of the Year.”  The honor is a result of the site’s annual reader voting contest to determine the Los Angeles County area neighborhood with the most interesting and progressive developments.  Communities are ranked in terms of economic and social factors.


“I am proud to announce that the City of Inglewood has prevailed and been voted the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year for 2014,” Inglewood Mayor James Butts said. “We are....once again....the City of Champions.”


Inglewood beat out Bunker Hill, the powerful Arts District, Los Feliz, and South Park to win the coveted 2014 Curbed Cup Golden JPEG. There are a number of factors that led to Inglewood being considered by Curbed LA for the competition, Mayor Butts said, as noted by the website:


“Last year dawned with the reopening of the renovated and more-fabulous-than-ever Inglewood Forum, now run by the people who manage Madison Square Garden, and it's already the most successful large venue in Los Angeles by a huge margin, hosting nearly a third of all the arena shows in the region last year. Meanwhile, work began on the Crenshaw Line, which will have two stops in the city, and Inglewood's mayor landed a powerful seat on the Metro board, replacing Santa Monica's mayor in a significant geographic shift.”


Congratulations to Inglewood for winning this award and joining the list of Curbed’s Neighborhood of the Year award winners. 


“I would like to recognize the hard work of all our City of Inglewood employees that have persevered through challenging times and maintained a high level of quality service, and positioned the City and its leaders to seize opportunities over the past 3 years,” Butts said.










Missing Stuart Scott

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Stuart Scott, the humorous, high-energy, sports announcer on ESPNs SportsCenter, whom Kobe Bryant said “changed the game,” is being remembered as much for his cameo film roles and catchphrases as the sports he covered. 


Scott, 49, who died of cancer on Sunday and joined ESPN in 1993, himself became as much of a celebrity as many NBA and NFL players.


In fact, Scott’s popularity with sports fans led to several cameo appearances, including: “He Got Game,” “The Kid,” “Drumline,” “Mr. 3000,” “Herbie: Fully Loaded,” “The Game Plan,” and “Just Wright.”


The irrepressible Chicago native changed the way sports was covered, simply by being himself.  He connected with his audience and made the broadcasts an entertaining narrative instead of a rote statistics.


“He was a trailblazer," says ESPN anchor Stan Verrett, "not only because he was black -- obviously black -- but because of his style, his demeanor, his presentation. He did not shy away from the fact that he was a black man, and that allowed the rest of us who came along to just be ourselves." 


His catchphrases and colorful accounts of sports action made Scotts’ broadcasts exciting to watch. From his animated “Boo-yah!” to "Hallah,” "Just call him butter ’cause he’s on a roll" and "Holla at a playa when you see him in the street," fans embraced the sayings and the man.


When he was seven, Scott and his family moved from Chicago to Winston-Salem, N.C.  He would later attend the University of North Carolina, and become part of the on-air talent at the student-run radio station WXYC.  He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication. In 2001, he gave the commencement address at UNC where he implored graduates to celebrate diversity and recognize the power of communication.


In, addition to SportsCenter, Scott hosted Sunday Night Countdown and events like the NBA Finals. He also sat down with presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.


“I will miss Stuart Scott,” President Obama said in a statement. “…Wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love.”


Scott had battled cancer since 2007. It went into remission, but returned again in 2011 and 2013. He remained upbeat, turning his condition into one of the best catchphrases of all:  "You beat cancer by how you live.”


 He was divorced in 2007 and leaves behind two teenage girls.




Let’s Build on Our Momentum in 2015

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Now that the new year is here, it’s time to renew our faith about what is possible. Yesterday’s troubles can weigh us down until we feel like things won’t ever get better.   But we must remember that there is a silver lining in every cloud.  

Even the challenges of 2014 can bring good things if looked at from the right view point.  Right now racial tension and conflict between black people and police is at its height.  Hardly a day goes by when we do not hear about yet another shooting by police.  And now, with the recent deaths of the two NYPD officers by a suicidal black man, both the police and the public are fearing for their lives.  This fear can either further divide us, or it can become a catalyst for the type of action that brings change.


We have an opportunity right now to have meaningful dialogue, address the problems and start a bold new process of healing.  This only comes when all views are respected and when everyone is

allowed to participate.  We can really have a new year when we are willing to change.  The old way of acting and reacting to trouble is no longer an option if we want our lives to be better.

That said, I have no doubt we can change the world in 2015, but at the same time, we must build upon the momentum of good things that happened in 2014.


Last year we saw the Fabulous Forum return to Inglewood as a premier concert hall with world-class entertainment.  Celebrating one year of its re-opening, the Forum has returned to its original glory, and is giving competing music venues a run for their money.  Acts like the Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and Patti Labelle drew concert goers from all over to the Forum.  We did not see activity like that a year ago.


We continued to enjoy the lowest violent crime rate in Inglewood since police began keeping records.  This is the foundation of peace and prosperity in our city.  Growth is not possible where there is chaos.


Developers broke ground on Hollywood Park Tomorrow and the Metro rail project which includes two train stops in Inglewood.  I cannot emphasize enough how great these projects are going to be for the city.  Beyond job creation and revenue from sales tax, there is the civic pride and recognition that will make Inglewood a destination city.


Inglewood exceeded its goal of sound-proofing 1,000 new homes in a year.  We are currently


completing the process of insulating at least 1,000 more.  After years of languishing, residential sound insulation is back on track and people who live in the LAX flight path are getting the help they need.


The Christmas tree lighting ceremony was a fitting end to the year, evidenced by the thousands who came out to enjoy the festivities.  It was the largest holiday event the City has ever seen.  As the crowning finish of 2014, it was a reward to Inglewood for all the hard work that has gone into its transformation.

 There was a lot to be grateful for in 2014, and I have no doubt 2015 will be an exciting year.  So no matter how your year may have ended or how the new year may have begun, take comfort that Inglewood is a city on the move.             


New Year’s is about forward momentum, so let’s focus on the positive.  I wish everyone a very  Happy New Year






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