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SBD/September 8, 2011/Facilities
L.A. Coliseum Will Pursue New Lease With USC That Could Give School More Control
Published September 8, 2011
REMIX THE COMMISSION? The L.A. TIMES' Lin & Pringle report the Coliseum Commission "did not take any public action" yesterday on Parks' "demand that the panel fire the Coliseum's top two executives and two other staffers because of a widening scandal involving questionable spending and the private business dealings of stadium managers" (L.A. TIMES, 9/8). An L.A. TIMES editorial stated, "In a region rife with embarrassing governmental mismanagement, the chief embarrassment has become the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, the mishmash of appointees charged with running the historic Coliseum and the relic Sports Arena." As the nine commissioners "squabble and backbite, their lax oversight and lack of accountability have turned a public asset into a money trough for its hired managers." The editorial stated Park is not wrong in proposing "another round of ousters of Coliseum management." But the "real sweep ought to be of the commission, which should be restructured into a smaller board of people who will not look the other way as the public, and its historic landmark, are being fleeced" (L.A. TIMES, 9/7).
REACHING FOR THE ENDZONE: In L.A., George Skelton notes AEG officials "have reached the legislative red zone" with their plan to build Farmers Field, but "time is running out." This year's legislative session is slated to end tomorrow, and "one of the heavily lobbied bills in play would fast-track legal challenges" to the proposed downtown stadium. The measure "passed the Assembly overwhelmingly on Wednesday and moved to the Senate." Skelton writes, "If AEG should come up short, it won't be the fault of any legislative dysfunction. It would be the fault of AEG for delaying the legislative process by not announcing its specific proposal until last Friday" (L.A. TIMES, 9/8).