Subject: The L.A. Times and "eminent domain"
Re: "Los Angeles Gothic," March 11,
The L.A. Times's opposition to the use of eminent domain to protect the
South Central Farm is ironic in light of the L.A. Times's own status as
a "founding partner" of the Staples Center. Surely the L.A. Times is
aware that dozens of small businesses up and down Figueroa were forced
out, under eminent domain, to make room for the construction of the
sports arena which the L.A. Times itself co-founded, and with which it
infamously shared profits on the scandalous Sunday Times issue
dedicated to the Staples Center opening. So, apparently, the L.A.
Times is okay with eminent domain when it's used to benefit the L.A.
Times itself, but not when it's used to benefit economically
disadvantaged workers who've committed the unforgivable act of growing
The L.A. Times should be ashamed of itself. But, better yet, the L.A.
Times should join the Los Angeles Greens, the California Green Party,
and many others in calling for City Hall to protect this unique 14 acre
urban jewel. We have enough warehouses, but there's only one South
Los Angeles Greens Media Coordinator