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PASADENA : Tournament of Roses Contracts to Be Probed

May 15, 1993

The City Council has decided to hire an independent analyst to investigate charges that the Tournament of Roses has for years enjoyed a one-sided relationship with the city, reaping benefits while maintaining a club run exclusively by white men.

It was the latest setback for the 107-year-old volunteer organization, which has been under attack by members of the city's minority communities.

After a contentious debate, with Councilman Isaac Richard serving as a vocal champion for tournament critics, the council voted Tuesday to delegate an independent lawyer or auditor, rather than a city staff member, to delve into tournament contracts and leases.

Critics have charged that the city provided free services and ceded valuable properties to the tournament--including the Wrigley Mansion that serves as the tournament's headquarters--with little benefit to the city.

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