L.A.’s Olympic bid backed by state of­fi­cials

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - LIAM DIL­LON liam.dil­lon@la­times.com Times staff writer Dakota Smith con­trib­uted to this re­port.

SACRAMENTO — The city of Los An­ge­les’ bid to host the 2028 Olympics will re­ceive fi­nan­cial sup­port from the state, Assem­bly Speaker Anthony Ren­don (D-Para­mount) said in a let­ter to city of­fi­cials Monday.

Ren­don said he would work with Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los An­ge­les) and Gov. Jerry Brown to pass leg­is­la­tion pro­vid­ing state dol­lars to sub­si­dize the ef­fort if the city goes over bud­get.

“Se­cur­ing the 2028 Games re­flects a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment,” Ren­don said in the let­ter to Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Herb Wes­son. “It will ben­e­fit the city and the en­tire state as we show­case the best of Los An­ge­les and Cal­i­for­nia — with the whole world watch­ing.”

The new leg­is­la­tion, Ren­don said, would mir­ror a bill passed last year that pro­vided $250 mil­lion to sup­port the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics in case of cost over­runs. That leg­is­la­tion, how­ever, only au­tho­rized the money for the 2024 Sum­mer Games, so a dif­fer­ent mea­sure will have to be con­sid­ered. Last year’s bill passed with the over­whelm­ing backing of law­mak­ers.

Los An­ge­les City Coun­cil mem­bers de­bated state sup­port at a hear­ing on the 2028 Olympics bid last week. City Coun­cil­man Paul Kreko­rian said the state should con­sider rais­ing its con­tri­bu­tion be­cause of in­fla­tion.

“It oc­curs to me that as we’re talk­ing to the Leg­is­la­ture, per­haps we should dis­cuss with them a sim­i­lar in­crease be­cause of the ad­di­tional cost,” Kreko­rian said.

A Ren­don spokesman told The Times that the Assem­bly speaker hadn’t de­cided on the amount of state sup­port be­cause sup­port­ers of Los An­ge­les’ bid hadn’t for­mally asked yet.

Brown also ex­pressed sup­port for the Olympics.

“We are pleased to be host­ing in 2028 and look for­ward to work­ing with them on the is­sue,” Brown spokesman Gareth Lacy said.

The full City Coun­cil might vote on an agree­ment to host the Games as soon as this week.

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