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Inglewood officials ready to vote on stadium plan tonight

Chris Meany

Chris Meany, senior vice president of Hollywood Park Land Company unveils an architectural rendering of a proposed NFL stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles County, boosting the chances that pro football could return to the region, according to the Los Angeles Times. Stan Kroenke has partnered with Stockbridge Capital Group, owners of the 238-acre Hollywood Park site in Inglewood, the newspaper reported Monday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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Carson’s not the only city in California standing on the gas.

According to the Associated Press, the Inglewood City Council could decide today to approve plans which could fast-track a $2 billion stadium project headed by Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

The city council is scheduled to vote on a new redevelopment plan which includes Kroenke’s Hollywood Park site, a procedural move which would allow them to sidestep environmental reviews of noise, traffic and air pollution. Without calling for a public vote, it could hasten the time before a shovel hits the ground.

With Carson officials moving on a plan for a shared stadium in Carson for the Raiders and Chargers, Inglewood officials are apparently ready to start moving.

They could have called for a publc vote on the matter, but with the city council vote, stadium proponents say construction could start before year’s end with the possibility of having the new building ready by 2018.

Either way, it’s a sign the Los Angeles project the league has been working on for decades seems to be gaining steam at the government level.