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He also said he expected to come to an agreement soon with state lawmakers that would grant his project protection from lawsuits over the environmental clearance process it must follow under California law.
State lawmakers granted an exemption in 2009 that nullified a lawsuit over the environmental review of the Industry proposal. Leiweke said he was committed to completing the full process, but that he needed protection from what he characterized as frivolous legal challenges once it is complete.
"We're going to need some protection from the crazies," he said.
AEG officials plan to break ground on the stadium by June if they secure a team before then -- and if council members approve the project's financing, leasing arrangements, environmental clearance and other details.
Leiweke said he was sympathetic to city officials' wish to have the team use the Los Angeles Coliseum as its temporary home until the 2016 season, when Farmers Field would be complete.
But he suggested that it may be too costly to turn the aged structure into an NFL quality venue and that the Pasadena Rose Bowl, which is undergoing a $152 million renovation, may be a more likely temporary home for the future Los Angeles team.
"If there's a way to make it work at the Coliseum we will, but realistically it may be there are minimum standard issues at the Coliseum that we are unable to get past and certainly with the Rose Bowl's renovation, that may be the more likely site," he said.
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