September 27, 1957
Councilman Edward R. Roybal
Dear Councilman Roybal:
At this time when the controversy over the question of bringing the Dodgers' Ball Club into Los Angeles is before you as a member of the City Council, and also at a time when you are hearing many diverse opinions of what should be done, may we also put in a word on this matter. It is the opinion of the members of the Building Trades Council that the land that is proposed for use for the ball park, and which was deeded to the City for City purposes has remained idle and in a very derelict condition since it was taken over by the City, is no longer an asset in its present condition, and almost any use that might be made of it will be a very expensive operation. Therefore the present proposal, and under the contract as we have read it in the morning papers, in our opinion, would be making exceptionally good use of the land and it would be an asset to the City of Los Angeles. We are sure if the City Council, in the use of its best judgment, approves this proposal to bring the New York Dodgers here and improves the land that is proposed for the ball park, that when this is accomplished it will have the wholehearted support of the citizens of this community.
In the past the City has been very slow in taking steps for needed improvements, and many of these improvements would have been of exceptional value to this City and in keeping with its growing needs, but many times we have missed opportunities because of lack of understanding and not taking advantage of them when they appear. This time we feel that there is an opportunity to make a vast improvement over a larger section of what is now "waste land" that may not be touched again for a number of years. This proposal would also improve park facilities, bring increased needed revenue from taxes into the City, and give to the City one of those intangible things from which many of our larger cities derive a great deal of pride.
This particularly seems of value at this time when San Francisco has quietly gone ahead without too much fanfare and with the wholehearted support of its citizens to get a major league ball club for its City. It appears that Los Angeles could at least do its part in bringing this type of entertainment, which is clean and wholesome, to its City. Trusting that you can be induced to support this needed and worthwhile improvement, we are, with best wishes,
LOS ANGELES BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL
By J. J. Christian, Secretary