City Council Unanimously Votes to Sue Los Angeles Over SCIG’s EIR

Last night’s City Council meeting was prefaced with a small announcement to little fanfare and even less information. The implications of the announcement, however, are huge. The City Council voted unanimously during a special closed session to pursue litigation against the City of Los Angeles in regards to the final Environmental Impact Report for the Southern California International Gateway project.

Mayor Bob Foster has long been a vocal critic of the project, making an impassioned speech to the Los Angeles City Council earlier this month after which the body voted to uphold the L.A. Harbor Commissions approval of the project. The City of Long Beach also offered comments on the SCIG EIR while it was being circulated that alleged errors and omissions in the document.  

Tuesday night’s 9-0 vote allows the City Attorney to file a lawsuit that challenges the approved EIR. During the process of the SCIG project, many other groups–including Long Beach Unified School District–opposed the project, but at this time none have openly joined the City of Long Beach in suing the City of Los Angeles.

Further information from City Staff and Council was unattainable as of Tuesday night. What this might mean for the successor for current City Attorney Robert Shannon, who announced his resignation last night, is unknown as well.

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