CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 |
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 |
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.
December 27, 2013 |
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.
November 30, 2013 |
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.
November 27, 2013 |
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.
November 25, 2013 |
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...