Inglewood Meeting to Approve Clippers Deal Violated State Law, D.A. Says

An undated photo shows the site of the proposed Clippers arena in Inglewood, with the NFL stadium in the background. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

An undated photo shows the site of the proposed Clippers arena in Inglewood, with the NFL stadium in the background. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office found that the Inglewood City Council violated state law in connection with a special meeting in June 2017 to approve an agreement with a Clippers-controlled company to explore building an arena in the city, but the D.A. declined to take any action.

In a two-page letter sent to council members earlier this month and obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Deputy Dist. Atty. Bjorn Dodd wrote that the meeting agenda violated the Brown Act, the state’s open meetings law, by not providing a sufficient description of the matter to be discussed.

“Violations relating to the agenda description of an item of business could render the action by the city council null and void,” the letter said. “However, because the complaint was received after the time limits to remedy the violation, no action will be taken at this time.”

The City Council approved the agreement with Murphy’s Bowl LLC a second time in July 2017 after complaints about the notice given for the first meeting. The agreement was approved a third time in August 2017 to narrow the possible area for the project and make clear eminent domain wouldn’t be used on an “occupied residence or church.”

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