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L.A. COLISEUM OFFICIALS MAY SUE FEMA
Published August 3, 1995
With earthquake repair costs at the L.A. Coliseum reaching $99.5M, the Coliseum Commission "may have to sue the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] to recover some of that money," according to Kenneth Reich of the L.A. TIMES. The commission went into "closed session" to discuss the possible litigation after its repair project director, Don Webb, reported that he had been discussing a federal audit of the repairs with government officials and believed that "negotiations might bring the parties closer together." The work being done will end up costing nearly "three times the original" $35M estimate made by Webb after the quake. Webb explained that seismic reinforcing work led to most of the additional expense and that "not all of the damage was evident until excavation began." One expense questioned by FEMA officials is the addition of more seismic reinforcing than required for present use (L.A. TIMES, 8/3).