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Tom Labonge Throws Body In Front of NBC Universal Steamroller

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Councilman Tom Labonge (CD4) is standing with neighborhood groups opposed to the proposed NBC Universal development on top of the Red Line station in Universal City. The Daily News reports that Labonge has joined with the terribly named Committee United to Stop Growth (hey jerks, how about "for Smart Growth" or even "Slow Growth" or maybe more appropriately "to Time Warp Back to 1950.")

"What they are talking about is just too big for the area and there is not enough mitigation required to deal with the traffic," [said Labonge]. The $800 million project, in the planning stage for more than two years, calls for the construction of twin 24-story towers, a five-story studio complex and a 34-story high-rise to be built over the next eight years. The project will serve as the new home for NBC, which is leaving its Burbank headquarters. It is proposed for Metropolitan Transportation Authority land. Labonge tells the Daily News he will investigate what special City Council powers he is authorized to wield in order to "slow down or scale back" the project.
· L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge to fight large project for new NBC home [Daily News]
· NBC Universal Fights For Its Mega-Project, Claims "Future" Status [Curbed LA]