Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Q&A: How will the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics affect me?

Los Angeles is still seven years away from the 2028 Summer Olympics, but the proposed contract between the city and private organizing committee LA28 signals the start of important negotiations on how the Games will be played. Here are some of the most pressing questions for Los Angeles residents and the answers we have.

Will the Olympics affect my taxes?

LA28 has pledged to pay for its $ 7 billion event with solid contributions from the International Olympic Committee and revenues from sources such as domestic sponsorship, merchandising and ticketing. The organizers have already signed lucrative deals with corporations such as Delta Air Lines, Nike and Deloitte. But if something goes wrong, city and state lawmakers have agreed to act as backing up, which means tax dollars will be used to cover any cost overruns.

Will traffic during the Games be ugly?

City officials and organizers have yet to develop a transportation plan. For now, they point to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, when many residents left the city, employers moved to flexible working hours, and truck delivery was moved to night. Local highways have never been so busy.

Will Los Angeles be overrun with tourists?

Some host cities are seeing skyrocketing growth in tourism, but research shows that net gains are often less than expected, or not materialize at all. The ‘crowding out effect’ is blamed on the theory that non-fans and business travelers who might otherwise visit the region are intimidated by the prospect of an Olympic-sized crowd. Games can benefit cities such as Barcelona and Salt Lake City by making them global travel destinations on the map; Los Angeles doesn’t need that kind of help.

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Will there be activities near me?

With so many existing venues to choose from – Staples Center (soon to be called Arena), Colosseum, Pauly’s Pavilion, and more – Summer Games will be organized into clusters that dot the map from Long Beach north to San Francisco. Fernando Valley. Many of the most popular events will take place in the city center, Westside and Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.

Can I get tickets?

Again, the organizers have yet to reveal details. Their proposed contract with Los Angeles promised to make tickets “affordable for city dwellers” and offer “affordable” tickets to “middle and low-income people; people living near venues and live objects; students, veterans and youth ”and others.

What will happen to the homeless man?

The Los Angeles-based NOlympics coalition fears police will conduct sweeps to remove homeless people from the streets ahead of the opening ceremony. The draft contract between the city authorities and the organizers includes a section in which they swear to “sympathetically and responsibly defend the rights of local homeless people”. LA28 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “We are a city with a highly tourism dependent economy and a competitive industry that requires us to create a safe environment for visitors. This is a difficult situation. “

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