LA City Council approves contracts with International Olympic Committee to host 2028 Olympics

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"We're really disappointed in today's result", said Steve Ducey, a spokesman for the "No Olympics Los Angeles Coalition", citing the city's problems with homelessness, which has risen 23 percent in the past year according to the latest city data.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti was ecstatic, "We negotiated the deal of a lifetime to bring the Games back to America, create a new Olympic legacy for the next generation, and deliver access to sports and fitness programs to every community in Los Angeles".

Bid Chairman Casey Wasserman added, "Since our announcement that we would pursue the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we've worked closely with the City Council to ensure the 2028 Host City Contract is the best deal for our city and all Angelenos".

Included in the MOU are provisions that give the city representation on the LA 2028 Board of Directors, require City consent over any significant venue changes and quarterly LA 2028 presentations to the Council in its first three years of operations. They endorsed the bid in January after receiving a budget and an independent analysis of the spending plan, which were provided more than a month in advance.

"Today's vote by the City Council is a resounding show of confidence in our fiscally responsible plan for 2028, and more evidence of Angelenos' passion to return the Games to LA". The protesters chanted, "Homes not games!" suggesting they wanted the city to invest in affordable housing and not the Olympics, although the $5.3 billion budget does not include any public money and the city would only have to pay if the Games go over budget.

The LA City Council was behind the LA 2024 agreement however with the new 2028 plan they were required to re-vote for the different conditions. The IOC has reached a tripartite agreement with the cities of Paris and Los Angeles to forego the usual host city election and give the 2024 edition to Paris followed by LA in 2028. The IOC is expected to vote to simultaneously award the 2024 and 2028 Games hosting rights when it meets in Lima, Peru in September.

Despite not yet having a full budget, both the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst and the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer recommended that the council approve the host city contract and MOU. With the Legislature on recess, it is not guaranteed that the state will approve the same amount for 2028 by a deadline of August 18.

After the council's vote, Garcetti, Wesson, Lewis and others held a news conference in the forecourt of City Hall surrounded by former Olympic athletes. "I remember getting a gold medal and running around the track".

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