A.K.A. Chavez Ravine
Los Angeles, California
Tenants: L.A. Dodgers (NL; 1962-present); L.A. / California Angels (AL; 1962-1965)
Opened: April 10, 1962
Owner: Los Angeles Dodgers
Land area: 300 acres
Cost: $23 million
Location: In Chavez Ravine, on a hill overlooking downtown Los Angeles. Left field (N by NW), Glendale Boulevard; third base (W by SW), Sunset Boulevard; home plate (S by SW), 1000 Elysian Park Avenue; first base (S by SE), Pasadena Freeway (I-10); right field (E by NE), Los Angeles Police Academy, Elysian Park, and Golden State Freeway (I-5); Stadium Way encircles the park.
When Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley was negotiating with the city of Los Angeles in 1957 over the deal that would take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn, he and a county supervisor took a helicopter ride over Los Angeles to look for potential stadium sites. When they flew over the empty 300-acre lot at Chavez Ravine, surrounded by freeways and within sight of the downtown skyline, O’Malley is said to have pointed and asked, "Can I have that one?" The supervisor replied, "No problem."
(What they try to tell you happened.)
Dodger Stadium was baseball’s only privately financed stadium built since Yankee Stadium (1923) and until Pacific Bell Park (2000). Until Denver’s Coors Field was built in 1995, Dodger Stadium and Chicago’s Wrigley Field were the only National League parks built exclusively for baseball. The Los Angeles / California Angels shared Dodger Stadium from April 17, 1962 until September 22, 1965. The stadium was known as Chavez Ravine when the Angels were playing there.
NOTE: This is as I remember it from the newspapers and TV news commentary at the time.... I was living in Los Angeles at the time it happened and know the Chavez Ravine area since I lived and worked just a short distance from it during most of the following proceedings.
The Real Truth:
The story in the first paragraph is partially true, with one major exception. Chavez Ravine was not an empty 300 acre lot
as they would try to have you believe.
At least 200 acres of that property was owned by either people whose family had acquired it thru "Spanish Land Grants" during the early days of Californiia, or occupied by Mexican "Squatters" who lived in shanty shacks on the 100 acre "empty lot" long enough to have established "squatters rights" of eminent domain. Most of the houses that were there were of "stucco" construction several decades old. Because of the "history" of this property the taxes collected on it by the City of Los Angeles were insignificant, if any. The City of Los Angeles at first tried to purchase this land from the landowners for "pennies on the dollar" of its true "real estate value" due mainly to its central location near downtown Los Angeles and the developing Freeway System being built during this period. (An ideal location for easy access to a sports complex.) The majority of these landowners were approached by lawyers who knew the true future value this land was worth and offered to represent these landowners for a small percentage of the final sales price, but only if they could get the "true value" of the land. The "haggeling" over the value of the land went on for over a year.... finally, the city began to proceed with "condemnation" of the property for the "benefit of the people" in acquiring this land for PUBLIC USE. The City of Los Angeles was successful in this "condemnation" and acquired the property at almost NO COST to the city government and THEN EVICTED ALL THE RESIDENTS
. They then contracted out the development and construction of the stadium to a private firm (pretty much on a consignment basis). Almost as soon as the stadium was completed, THE LAND was sold to private developers (can you say Walter O'malley and his investors) for a "penance" amount of money at that time ($23 Million is only the value of the "improvements"). During the next decade, there were many stories disclosed about the "corruption and bribes" involved in these proceedings.
If someone with better research ability than I have can find the news articles and reports of these events, please post the "links" here.
The above example seems to "mirror" what could happen if GA SB5 is passed and becomes law. Even though those who have sponsored and signed this proposal may not be openly or obviously able to profit from it, they are in a position to have friends who CAN & WILL make large profits from any involved projects (but, of course, they wouldn't think of accepting "kickbacks" or "gifts" for helping out their "friends"). Most of us are aware of how "Ghost Corporations" are used to hide such investments (Can you say "Charles Walker"?)
I haven't read all of the proposed GA SB5 in detail, so if I am in error, please point it out to me and others.
This GA SB5 bill MUST BE DEFEATED!