Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield says he knows exactly where Amazon should build its new headquarters — the Warner Center in his San Fernando Valley district — and Friday introduced a motion outlining his pitch.
Amazon, headquartered in Seattle, has said it plans to invest $5 billion to build and operate a second headquarters and is asking cities to submit bids.
The Board of Supervisors voted last month to coordinate a regional bid through the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.
“Although the LAEDC will present Amazon with multiple locations in the county for Amazon’s consideration, the city of Los Angeles will have a compelling case for its prospective sites, including the Warner Center in the West San Fernando Valley,” Blumenfield’s motion states. “The Warner Center is uniquely positioned to meet Amazon’s needs with a recently updated specific plan that encourages investment and makes approvals more streamlined to facilitate construction at the scale Amazon seeks.”
Blumenfield, who co-introduced the motion with Councilman Paul Krekorian, outlined his support of a Warner Center site in an editorial in the Los Angeles Daily News in September.
“The West San Fernando Valley is where the aerospace industry was born and major companies, including Northrop Grumman and Aerojet-Rocketdyne, continue that proud tradition,” he wrote. “Growing Amazon’s new headquarters on the 47-acre property where Rocketdyne actually built the jet engines that launched our astronauts and rockets into space — to the moon and Mars — would not only be fitting but inspiring.”
According to Amazon’s request for proposals, it wants the new headquarters to be located in a metropolitan area with more than one million people. The deadline to respond is Oct. 19, and the final selection is set to be made sometime in 2018.
“We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said. “Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in upfront and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. We’re excited to find a second home.”
Amazon, a worldwide leader in e-commerce, estimates that its investments in Seattle between 2010 and 2016 added $38 billion to the city’s economy.
The motion states that the City Council “supports the effort by the LAEDC to attract Amazon to the area and encourages the HQ2 search team to strongly consider the desirability of the city’s response to the RFP.”
–City News Service