A union representing hospitality workers who want the public to have more input in planning for the 2028 Olympic Games filed a legal action to get access to the games agreement before the city enters a binding contract with the group expected to deliver the quadrennial sports competition.
Unite Here Local 11 brought the petition Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, requesting a court order that the city turn over the relevant records in compliance with the California Public Records Act.
“It is unavoidable that plans for the Olympics will affect all residents of Los Angeles’ renters and homeowners, housed and unhoused, workers and employers alike,” the petition states. “It is therefore essential for Angelenos to have a voice in this process.”
A representative for the City Attorney’s Office could not be immediately reached.
On Nov. 1, the City Council is set to enter into a comprehensive agreement for the 2028 games with LA28, the private nonprofit responsible for financing, organizing and delivering the 2028 games, the petition states.
The city has refused to produce a draft of the contract it plans to sign with LA28 or any correspondence shining light on the contents of this contract, the petition states. The contract, known as the “games agreement,” will outline the vision for the 2028 games and the city’s responsibilities in carrying them out, according to the petition.
Since mid-June, Unite Here Local 11 has filed repeated requests for the games agreement and related communications with the Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, the City Clerk’s Office and the office of City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, chairman of the ad hoc committee on the 2028 Olympics and Paralympics, the petition states.
“In order for the public to have basic democratic input into a decision-making process that will shape the city for decades to come, the public must have access to the contents of the games agreement before, not after, the city enters into this contract,” the petition states.
“In sum, O’Farrell’s office has only produced emails confirming that a draft of the games agreement does, in fact, exist,” the petition states. “The City Clerk’s office has produced 35 pages of documents that are not relevant to the request. The mayor’s office, after asking for three months to prepare the requested records, ultimately produced 262 pages that largely consisted of already-public documents and did not remotely touch on any substantive aspect of the games agreement.”
In short, the petition alleges, none of the offices or officials have made any of the records the union requests available.
“As long as the city shields the games agreement and any hint of its contents from public scrutiny, it is impossible to know what is actually inside,” the petition states.