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Supervisors approve plan to reduce size of L.A. Coliseum panel

October 15, 2013|By Seema Mehta
  • An exterior view of the Los Angeles Coliseum before the game between the Washington State Cougars and the USC Trojans on Sept. 7.
An exterior view of the Los Angeles Coliseum before the game between the… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

Los Angeles County leaders voted unanimously on Tuesday to restructure the Coliseum Commission, part of the transfer of management of the taxpayer-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena to USC.

Under the plan approved by the Board of Supervisors, which must also be approved by city and state officials, the commission will have three voting members rather than nine. One member will each be appointed by the governor, the mayor of Los Angeles and the county board.

The commission will also meet quarterly rather than monthly, under the proposal approved by the board. The county will provide administrative services for the commission, which will pay for the work. The county treasurer-tax collector and county auditor-controller will serve as the treasurer and the controller of the commission.

The commission has been racked by controversy in recent years, most recently with a judge finding earlier this month that the commission routinely violated the state’s open meetings law while negotiating the lease with USC.

The judge, responding to a lawsuit against the commission by The Times and a 1st Amendment group, issued an injunction requiring the commission to record its private meetings for three years and barring the panel from discussing a range of topics behind closed doors.

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