EXCLUSIVE: Inglewood mayor James Butts on magnitude of Clippers arena


Inglewood, California Mayor James Butts speaks at a press conference Aiugust 8, 2012  to announce details of the transfer of the Space Shuttle Endeavour to its permanent home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California.  The five-story tal

"Remember, L.A. Live encompasses some four or five square blocks maybe. This is 300 acres of development. For perspective, that's three times the size of Century City, three-and-a-half times the size of Disneyland and twice as big as Vatican City. So this is residential, entertainment, commercial, sports. This is a sports and entertainment district, the likes of which Southern California, or California for that matter, has never seen."

Inglewood mayor James Butts joined Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete on Thursday for an exclusive interview following the city's vote to approve negotiations with the Clippers to build a brand-new basketball arena nearby its NFL stadium site.

Butts touches on the wide-ranging impact of the development, from economic benefits to traffic concerns, as well as The Forum's displeasure with the decision.

Listen to the full interview below.

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