May 17, 2012
Re "Panel OKs Coliseum lease deal," May 15 L.A. City Councilman Bernard C. Parks complains that the public has spent money on Coliseum upkeep since 1923, implying that turning it over to USC gets these government agencies no return. UCLA shared the Coliseum's occupancy for much of those 89 years. In 1982, the commission essentially contracted away all important management and scheduling issues to the brand-new Los Angeles Raiders. We had played with pro teams before, but the commission gave the Raiders the last word on all important issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2011 |
The president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission acknowledged Tuesday that the commission failed to closely monitor its managers, a statement that comes several months after The Times disclosed that a commission events manager was also employed by a rave company that held events there. As a result, commission President David Israel said he wanted to determine if there's a better way to oversee managers of the center, which has been thrown into disarray with the resignations of the events manager, Todd DeStefano, and the longtime general manager, Patrick Lynch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2009
April 18, 2012 |
Among names of note to pop up on sales that have finally slowpoked their way into the public record is Todd DeStefano, who has sold his Pasadena house for $1.92 million. The former L.A. Coliseum events manager is charged with receiving more than $2 million in illegal payments for helping to stage raves at Coliseum properties and keeping the costs down, according to Times reports. Listed at $2.05 million in September, the two-story contemporary contains three fireplaces, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms in its 5,585 square feet of living space.
August 30, 2012 |
So much for Southern California hospitality. Just in time for Norm Chow's return to the Coliseum as Hawaii's head coach, USC Coach Lane Kiffin confirmed Thursday that USC would no longer make the stadium available to visiting teams for walk-throughs the day before games. “It shouldn't be a big deal,” Kiffin said. “We don't go to other people's stadiums.” Schools customarily make their stadiums available to visiting teams for walk-throughs. Defending Bowl Championship Series champion Alabama allows walk-throughs, a school spokesman confirmed.
May 30, 2012 |
Members of USC's 2001 football team remember a lot about that season, when the Trojans program began to turn around under first-year coach Pete Carroll. But several players said they were unaware that a pornographic video was shot in September 2001 at the Coliseum, where the Trojans went 4-2 during a 6-6 season. The Times reported Wednesday that the stadium was the location for the video, which included sex scenes that took place under the lights on the field. Derek Graf, a junior offensive lineman in 2001, has worked as a stuntman in more than a dozen commercials shot at the Coliseum.