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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Tens of thousands of spectators crowded sidewalks and rooftops last October as the space shuttle Endeavour crawled across the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood, an overwhelming welcome home for the retired spacecraft. Two weeks later, when the California Science Center opened the shuttle to public view, attendance at the Exposition Park museum surged. In just a few months, more than 1 million people visited the Science Center, which had averaged roughly 1.6 million visitors per year prior to the shuttle's arrival.
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BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
The gig: Richard Plump is chief executive of Plump Engineering Inc., an Anaheim architectural engineering firm with 38 employees. Plump helped oversee the transportation of the space shuttle Endeavour from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center in Exposition Park last year. He made sure the spacecraft did not damage streets or underground pipes as it wound through a 12-mile stretch of Inglewood and Los Angeles. He had previously overseen the movement of the huge rock that's now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Troubled childhood: Plump, 51, overcame a difficult childhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers on Friday sent the governor a bill that would give some child-abuse victims more time to sue employers whose workers are molesters. Other bills winning final legislative approval included one to stiffen penalties against paparazzi who harass the children of celebrities and public officials. The sex-abuse bill, which is opposed by the Catholic Church, would allow some child-abuse victims more time to file lawsuits against private and nonprofit institutions, such as the Boy Scouts and parochial schools, but would not apply to public schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
The California Science Center gave final approval Wednesday to a deal that grants USC control over the publicly owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and nearly all of its revenue for the next century. With no debate, the lease agreement passed on a voice vote by five of the eight Science Center board members, all appointed by the governor's office. Finalizing the arrangement took more than a year longer than the Coliseum's governing commission had hoped, largely because its secretive handling of the lease deliberations alienated key backers of the Science Center and two other museums that share Exposition Park with the stadium.
OPINION
June 29, 2013
Up until Wednesday - when The Times last published letters on the deal giving USC control over the taxpayer-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the next 98 years - almost all the readers who had sent us missives on the topic weren't happy with the arrangement. They decried the fact that the Coliseum Commission negotiated the deal in secret, that nearby properties such as the California Science Center might suffer, and that a private university stood to benefit financially with a public resource.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
A state board voted Tuesday to approve a sharply debated deal that grants USC control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and nearly all of the revenues from the taxpayer-owned stadium for the next century. The governing board of the California Science Center, the Coliseum's landlord, voted 7-0 to adopt the basic terms for the lease agreement that extends to the private university most of the benefits of owning the historic venue without requiring the school to buy it. The new lease will become effective after the state Department of General Services and the California Natural Resources Agency approves a final document and the Science Center board ratifies it. The package could require Sacramento to reimburse two public museums next to the Coliseum for money they might lose to USC's use of their parking lots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
A state board approved a sharply debated deal Tuesday that grants USC control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and nearly all of the revenues from the taxpayer-owned stadium for the next century. The governing board of the California Science Center, the Coliseum's landlord, voted 7 to 0 to adopt the basic terms for the lease agreement that extends to the private university most of the benefits of owning the historic venue without requiring the school to buy it. The lease will become effective after the state Department of General Services and the California Natural Resources Agency approve a final document and the Science Center board ratifies it. The package could require Sacramento to reimburse two public museums next to the Coliseum for money they might lose to USC because the school will be permitted limited use of their parking lots at a lower price.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Two trustees of the California Science Center's fundraising foundation say the museum will still be hurt by a revised lease that allows USC to run the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The deal would give USC control of museum parking for major Coliseum events. Marvin Holen, the foundation's point person on the USC lease, called the plan a "robbery" because it grants the private university parking revenues that now go to the Science Center, the California African American Museum and Exposition Park.
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC Athletic Director Pat Haden is calling on USC fans to support the school in its bid to assume operational responsibility of the Coliseum and Sports Arena. This month, The Times reported that supporters of the California Science Center and the African American Museum said the plan would slash attendance and divert millions of dollars in parking receipts to USC. A vote by the California Science Center board is scheduled for Tuesday at the Science Center. This week, Marvin Holen, a trustee for the Science Center's fundraising foundation, said state negotiators had failed to come up with better terms for the taxpayer-owned museum since reopening talks with the university.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
A trustee of the California Science Center's fund-raising arm denounced as a “robbery” Wednesday a revised proposal that would give USC control of the museum's parking as part of a deal that allows the university to run the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Marvin Holen, the Science Center foundation's point person on the USC arrangement, said state negotiators have failed to come up with better terms for the taxpayer-owned museum since reopening talks with the university earlier this month.
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