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Is the former Carson mayor turning on the proposed NFL Stadium project

Proposed Los Angeles Stadium in Carson, CA.

Proposed Los Angeles Stadium in Carson, CA.

Former City of Carson mayor, Jim Dear, appears to be sabotaging the city’s efforts to convince the NFL to approve the relocation of the Chargers and Raiders to the South Bay city.  With the city already home to the Stub Hub Center, the owners recently contributed to Dear’s campaign for city clerk, which he won.  Is that the reason for the about-face?

LA Times writer, Nathan Fenno, reported in March 2015, that owners of the Stub Hub Center, AEG, had vice chairman, Tim Fikre, send a letter to the then mayor in order to “protect the interests” of the city’s largest investor.  Fenno subsequently reported on a $5,000 campaign contribution from AEG to Dear’s city clerk campaign.

The letter follows a phone conversation last month during which Fikre and a top AEG lobbyist voiced their concerns about the proposed football stadium in Carson. AEG followed that conversation with a $5,000 donation to Dear’s campaign, according to election documents.

Jim Dear was recently accused of failing to timely process provisional ballots from the June 2, 2015, election along with disenfranchising Black voters in the north end of the city, by moving polling locations.  This author was sent the video of the June 16th council meeting, where resident after resident appeared to complain of Dear’s antics.  The dissenters were ethnically diverse.

In a tweet sent out Friday, June 19, 2015, Fenno discussed Dear’s presence on an Inglewood based radio show, to express his “warnings” about the Carson development.  2 Urban Girls was able to confirm with Dominique DiPrima, host of the award-winning Front Page, on Inglewood based KJLH, Dear was not on her show.

Clearly Jim Dear’s “concerns” emanate from that $5,000 contribution.


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