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Thursday Afternoon Linkage

NFL Commish Paul Tagliabue is in town meeting with city and state dignitaries - and USC Coach Pete Carroll - in the hopes of locking down plans for the eventual return of pro football to Los Angeles. The struggle between Anaheim and LA to land the team continues, with the Governor leading the charge for LA. Tagliabue meets with Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle today.
· Gov. Says NFL Sets Target Date for L.A. [LA Times]

Tennesseeans are throwing up their collective hands in victory as they have lured Nissan North America headquarters away from Gardena. The shift of Nissan's HQ to Tennessee takes with it 1,300 well paying jobs. There's no polishing this turd, this is terrible news.
· State to announce Nissan move [Nashville City Paper]

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council has taken a look at plans to tunnel under Alhambra and South Pasadena in order to finish the 710 Freeway and has decided the effects on their community would be too great. Too much pollution. Too much traffic. Basically, they're afraid of becoming like the rest of Southern California.
· City Council Told to Keep Tabs on Underground 710 Extension Plans [La Cañada Valley Sun]

A tussle in Surf City has arisen, as a property owner plans to build a two-story, 5,300 s.f. Italian styled "villa" on Main Street. The neighborhood of one-story bungalows, built in the 1920's, is outraged at the character ruining - dare we say - McMansion. Because the owner has followed all building codes and is allowed under present zoning to build the home, there is little anyone can do except hope an environmental assesment turns up some negative impacts.
· House plans rile neighbors [Huntington Beach Independent]