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OPINION
August 29, 1999
Since our political leaders don't want to use our tax dollars to modernize and preserve the historic Coliseum to accommodate present-day needs for the return of the NFL to our city and since they are spending so many of our tax dollars building museums in and around L.A., why not make a museum out of the Coliseum? They can charge for parking and entrance as clips of past glory days of the old landmark are shown. Now that's something political leaders would agree upon. THOMAS DIXON Whittier
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A bitter political tug-of-war over who will host a Fourth of July fireworks show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum took another turn Friday when City Councilman Bernard C. Parks withdrew his bid to host the show -- and said he would hold a separate event. Parks said he was pulling out because Councilman Curren Price had received a copy of his "blueprint" for the proposed event, which he argued should have remained confidential. He said he would hold his Independence Day fireworks event elsewhere, without indicating a location.
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SPORTS
August 30, 2012 | By Gary Klein
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.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Gary Klein
  Tre Madden is growing accustomed to spring restarts. In 2012, he moved from linebacker to tailback during spring practice but suffered a season-ending knee injury. Last year, he tested the knee during spring while readying for a breakout fall performance. Madden rushed for more than 100 yards in four of USC's first five games before a hamstring injury slowed or sidelined him in the final nine. On Tuesday, the junior from Aliso Viejo continued to show that the problems are behind him. He shared most of the first-team reps with Javorius Allen as the Trojans returned from a one-week break and went through another 120-play workout in Coach Steve Sarkisian's fast-paced, no-huddle offense.
OPINION
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.
SPORTS
June 15, 2002
Los Angeles has the worst politicians in the country. L.A. has not had football since 1995 and we had two opportunities for a return. But thanks to Mark Ridley-Thomas and his cronies, we lost the 1999 expansion team to Houston and we will lose the downtown proposal thanks to him again. He likes the Coliseum so much that he should move his family into it. Nirpal Missan Agoura Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2009
SPORTS
May 30, 2012 | By Gary Klein
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks on Monday said Gov. Jerry Brown failed California taxpayers by ignoring his complaints about secrecy surrounding the deal that gave USC control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and nearly all of its revenue. Parks said Brown and his representatives never replied to a letter the councilman sent the governor last June asking him to block the lease agreement between the private university and the publicly owned stadium. "They did not want to hear the information," Parks said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was flirting with insolvency, but that didn't stop its government overseers from incurring hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses to keep secret their deliberations on a new long-term lease for the stadium. For more than a year, the Coliseum Commission fought an open-government lawsuit that challenged the legality of the closed-door talks on USC's lease of the historic venue. The suit also sought to make records related to the deal public.
SPORTS
December 27, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Sports memories can be fleeting and easily dissolvable, sort of like cotton candy. The events of 2013 likely won't be remembered in 100 years, but what if we created a sports time capsule, and put in items representing the year in sports? We could bury it at the 50-yard line of the Coliseum, which will probably be the only existing sports venue still standing in 2113, and have it opened by Vin Scully, whose consciousness will be placed in an android doppelganger in 2022, and who will be starting his 165th year as Dodgers announcer in 2113.
SPORTS
November 30, 2013 | By Gary Klein
After UCLA players made their way up the Coliseum tunnel Saturday night, Bruins Coach Jim Mora gathered his team outside the locker room and made a pronouncement. "We own L.A.!" Mora shouted. Quarterback Brett Hundley, kick returner Ishmael Adams and a tough Bruins defense that forced two turnovers had just led No. 22 UCLA to a 35-14 victory over No. 23 USC in the 83rd game between the crosstown rivals. "It was awesome," linebacker Anthony Barr said. "It's our city and it will be that way for a while.
SPORTS
November 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Dion Bailey enjoyed a signature moment the last time he played at the Coliseum, the USC safety intercepting a fourth-quarter pass that helped fuel an upset victory over Stanford. Two weeks later, Bailey is preparing for Saturday's game against No. 22 UCLA and what could be his final game at the Coliseum for the Trojans. Bailey, a fourth-year junior, said that he would "most likely" decide before the Trojans' bowl game whether he will make himself available for the NFL draft.
SPORTS
November 25, 2013 | By Gary Klein
First it was receivers Nelson Agholor and Darreus Rogers . Now it is tight ends Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer , and fullbacks Soma Vainuku and Jahleel Pinner . With All-American receiver Marqise Lee struggling through injuries that limited him or forced him to sit out games, USC offensive coordinator Clay Helton has expanded the playbook and is utilizing more players in the passing game as the Trojans head...
SPORTS
February 18, 1995
Please say it ain't so, Mr. (Pete) Dalis. Say you're not really considering returning to the Coliseum. They haven't improved it for the Raiders. The Coliseum Commission is a collection of political hacks. The parking situation is horrendous. Besides, it's the damn Trojans' home. HENRY MENDOZA South Pasadena If UCLA football moves to the Coliseum, I'll move from the Rose Bowl to the TV. DICK THIES Long Beach The Coliseum is a nice place to visit every other November, but I wouldn't want to live there.
OPINION
April 25, 1999
Re "NFL Picks Coliseum for L.A. Team," April 21: So, now the Coliseum will be renovated to prepare for our new football team at a reported cost of $350 million! Who will be watching out for the taxpayers of Los Angeles to make sure that not one cent comes from the public's money to pay for this? ROGER GILMORE Topanga There's been much written and much talk about the question of Los Angeles community support of an NFL team. The Rams left, the Raiders left--and what will happen if we get another team?
SPORTS
November 24, 2013 | By Gary Klein
With USC riding a five-game winning streak going into its game against UCLA, Trojans interim Coach Ed Orgeron was upbeat Sunday. That is until he was asked what he remembered most about last season's 38-28 loss to the Bruins. Orgeron sounded morose as he spoke in clipped sentences and phrases. "Getting beat. Losing. Terrible taste in our mouth," he said during a teleconference with reporters. "Against our rival team. Not playing well. Letting down the Trojan family. Not a very good feeling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A woman jumped from a deck at the Oakland Coliseum following the Raiders' loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, critically injuring herself and a man on the concourse level who tried to catch her, KGO-TV reported . The woman is believed to have jumped deliberately at about 4:30 p.m., falling about 60 feet and landing on the man, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. ALSO: Man, 56, found dead in Oceanside Harbor South Gate police shoot, kill man; Sheriff's Department investigating Northbound 405 in West L.A. to be closed early Monday and Tuesday Twitter: @cindychangLA cindy.chang@latimes.com
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