Urgent: Call Your City Councilmember
LA City Council has announced the possibility of a vote to sign the Host City Contract (HCC) for the 2028 Summer Olympic bid this Friday morning, even though it hasn't been properly vetted, with zero public meetings or forums to date about the brand new 2028 bid.
City Council also added an Ad Hoc Olympics Committee meeting at 8 a.m. BEFORE the main City Council meeting on the Olympics this Friday at 10 a.m. They only need to hold a public hearing at one. Call and email Council President Herb Wesson’s office to demand the council offer public comment at the 10 a.m. general meeting so we can address all of the council members for the first time regarding the 2028 bid.
Phone: (213) 473-7010 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Script: "My name is (your name) and I am a Los Angeles resident. I am calling to encourage you to allow public comment at the full City Council meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, to allow the public to address their concerns about the 2028 Olympic bid to Councilmembers for the very first time. To skip public comment during this meeting would be irresponsible and neglectful to the people of Los Angeles, who deserve to have a say on this matter."
The IOC and the Olympic Bid committee have been meeting in secret to negotiate the terms for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Summer Olympics. So far, there have been no public discussions regarding the 2028 Olympic bid and there are many community concerns regarding the impact of the Olympics on sanctuary city status, gentrification, homelessness and policing in Los Angeles.
We at NOlympics LA know better: The only smart thing for LA to do is DROP THE BID. Fortunately, the Mayor cannot sign the host city contract for a 2028 games without a vote of approval by our elected officials in City Council. We demand that City Council approach this major shift with extreme caution and transparency, and not rush through a new vote without extensive deliberation, study, and feedback from their constituents. The Olympics are a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar effort that have the potential to impact every aspect of urban life. The plan that the bid committee presented to City Council in January was specific to 2024; extending the timeline by another four years has significant implications and raises a number of questions that City Council does not have answers to right now. As our elected representatives, City Council needs to be seeking those answers and not rushing through a vote to meet the IOC’s demands and timeline.
So what can we do? Call your City Councilmember and tell them that YOU OPPOSE AN LA OLYMPIC GAMES IN 2024, 2028 OR EVER!
Here’s what you can say: “My name is (your name) and I am a constituent of (your councilmember). I am calling to express my concern about the Mayor’s recent announcement that LA has made a deal with the IOC to host the 2028 Olympic Games. I do not support an Olympics in Los Angeles in 2024 or 2028. I am asking that City Council consider the new bid proposal with extreme caution and convene multiple community discussions regarding the new proposal. We demand you take more time to deliberate and investigate this 2028 plan which is only one week old and has never been subject to public scrutiny.
There needs to be greater public input in this process. All financial reporting and planning for an LA Olympics Games was for 2024. Adding four years to this process requires further study before City Council considers the host city contract.
Staging the Olympics in Los Angeles would require LAPD and other city/county law enforcement to fully cooperate with Federal Security agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and ICE, putting our vulnerable immigrant communities at greater risk of deportation.
The IOC is demanding that LA taxpayers cover $250 million or more in cost overruns when the Games go over budget, a virtual blank check that could devastate our city’s budget.
Los Angeles is currently in the midst of an affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Our elected officials, including City Council, should be addressing these issues and not taking risks on mega-events like the Olympics which have a track record of accelerating displacement.
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