The idea of the Olympics is amazing: uniting the world in the spirit of friendly competition, bringing together young athletes to erase borders and remind us that we are all more similar than different. But the reality of the Olympics has long been higher taxes, residential displacement, increased policing, and the destruction of communities for the cities who host them. Los Angeles cannot afford this luxury while 41,290 of our residents are homeless (LAHSA, 2020) and 26% of households have struggled with food insecurity in the past year (USC, 2020).
Our administration will not approve any plan to fleece taxpayers for the construction of any new sports stadiums, nor allow funds to be raided for the Olympics. If developers want to build hotels and stadiums, our city will welcome it, but we will not provide them with billions of dollars in tax breaks to finance these efforts. And we won’t allow stadiums to be built on land stolen from the working class via eminent domain.
For the $6.9 billion that the 2028 Olympics are currently estimated to cost, we could end homelessness in Los Angeles multiple times over.
1) I will not approve the use of public dollars for the construction of any sports stadiums or for Olympic events.
2) My administration will not allow eminent domain to be used for private gain.
3) I will end the tax breaks given to massive hotel construction projects.