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March 5, 2008

Report on LA CBAs shows a huge contrast with the AY CBA

Atlantic Yards Report

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A new report from Environmental Defense, Everybody Wins: Lessons from Negotiating Community Benefits Agreements in Los Angeles, fleshes out some crucial differences between those pioneering CBAs and the "historic" CBA "negotiated" between Forest City Ratner and eight groups, most of them established after the Atlantic Yards project was announced.

Notably, the groups participating in the Staples Center and Los Angeles Airport CBAs based their negotiating position on responses to flaws in the environmental impact review (EIR). The Atlantic Yards CBA was signed on 6/27/05, three months before the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) even issued its Proposed Scope of Analysis for the Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and more than a year before the Draft EIS was issued.

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NoLandGrab: Though experts pile on the criticism of the Atlantic Yards CBA, that doesn't stop developer Bruce Ratner from spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to tell predominately African-American Brooklynites that it's great.

Posted by lumi at March 5, 2008 5:27 AM