Legislative Analyst: Trump help needed if L.A. gets 2024 Olympics

At a time of intense bad blood between the Trump administration and the state of California, a new Legislative Analyst’s Office report stressed the importance of years of local-state-federal cooperation in preparing for a possible 2024 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is vying with Paris to host the games. Budapest, Hungary, withdrew its application a month ago, leaving the two finalists. The International Olympic Committee is meeting in September to formally award the games.

Traditionally, the ability of host cities to count on heavy support from their federal government is considered a crucial point in IOC deliberations. It’s why President Obama traveled to the IOC meeting in Denmark in 2009 in an effort to demonstrate U.S. government support for Chicago getting the 2016 Summer Olympics. The games ultimately were awarded to Rio de Janeiro, but the president’s support was considered important in the run-up to the vote.

Whether Trump will support Los Angeles’ 2024 bid – or whether Los Angeles officials would want his support – is unclear. But the LAO report notes the importance of federal support if Los Angeles succeeds with its bid. Examples:

  • It cited the need for heavy coordination of local and state public safety efforts with federal efforts which will be overseen by the Secret Service and assisted by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the FBI, the Coast Guard, FEMA and the FAA.
  • It noted the importance of addressing the impact of Trump’s proposed travel ban on individuals from six nations (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). It quoted the U.S. Olympic Committee as saying U.S. officials had promised to “ensure that athletes and officials from all countries will have expedited access to the United States in order to participate in international athletic competitions,” but not the State Department itself.
  • It cited the value to the Olympics of having the president and Congress back Los Angeles projects on the $100 billion infrastructure wish list that Gov. Jerry Brown revealed in February after the Trump administration discussed plans for a long-term $1 trillion national infrastructure program. That includes “expanding and improving the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) purple line, the Metro project to connect the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) central terminal area to the Crenshaw/LAX and green Metro line, and the orange bus rapid transit (BRT) line.”
  • It recommended that federal funding be sought to help deal with extraordinary security demands and noted that the cities of Cleveland and Philadelphia had received $50 million and $43 million, respectively, to deal with the costs of hosting national political conventions in 2016.

Worries about Trump-California friction may be premature

As Politico recently reported, so far the Trump administration has worked well with the state of California on emergency disaster declarations, so perhaps any concern about federal-state friction is premature.

There’s also the possibility that Trump doesn’t serve a second term, which is when most key Olympic preparations will be made.

But with a president as unpredictable as Trump has seemed, friction seems possible – especially given that the list of prominent California Democrats who has had harsh things to say about Trump includes Brown, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and a wide array of House members and top state lawmakers.

Most recently, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said Monday that the Trump administration’s plan to withhold Justice Department grants to immigration sanctuary cities was “nothing short of blackmail.”

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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 30 March, 2017, 22:58

    LA is a toilet. Forget it.

    By the way, who goes to LA for any form of enjoyment?

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    • SeeSaw
      SeeSaw 2 April, 2017, 21:50

      I do–I do not drive freeways and use Metrolink for the cultural enrichment that is available downtown, and there is plenty. Shame on you!

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  2. Dork
    Dork 31 March, 2017, 06:10

    having the president and Congress back Los Angeles projects on the $100 billion infrastructure wish list that Gov. Jerry Brown revealed”

    If we Start the Mass Deportations Today, California will have More than enough Money in a Few short years to PAY for EVERYTHING!!!

    Chump Change for a State like California.

    We currently SPEND $69,315,068 DOLLARS Every Single Day just to keep the 3 million Illegal Aliens in this State.

    President Trump should tell California to GO POUND SAND when they call asking for money.

    Californians bear an enormous fiscal burden as a result of an illegal alien population estimated at almost 3 million residents. The annual expenditure of state and local tax dollars on services for that population is $25.3 billion.

    http://www.fairus.org/publications/the-fiscal-burden-of-illegal-immigration-on-california-taxpayers

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  3. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 31 March, 2017, 15:47

    If L.A. gets the 2014 olympics then everyone of those taking part will be stepping over all those illegal aliens that will camp out in their parking-lot and in the stadium

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  4. Tom Paine
    Tom Paine 9 April, 2017, 10:10

    Attn;Commander in Chief Jerry[Garcia?] Brown:
    Executive Order
    California Succession into warp drive and kick in the matter anti-matter boosters.We the People
    must break free from the mind bending tractor beam
    targeting us from all Federal Zones[see Mitch Modeleski,The Federal Zone].Take control of the California National Guard and all USmilitary terror
    bases before they render and torture YOU Governor!
    April 15 is do not pay USA terror taxes ever [email protected]%$

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Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.

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