08/24/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Downtown LA Stadium Battle Heats Up As AEG Eyes Downtown

Environmental groups are calling on California lawmakers to say no to efforts to build a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles without a full environmental review.

A coalition of 44 groups including the Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council sent a message to California lawmakers Tuesday, urging them not to grant Staples Center owner AEG an exemption from state environmental laws to build a football venue close by.