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August 10, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
California's political watchdog agency said it was unable to substantiate allegations that the interim head of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum illegally sought a job with USC while he was responsible for protecting taxpayers in talks to turn over control of the stadium to the university. "There was no evidence of a negotiation for that specific job," Gary Winuk, enforcement chief at the Fair Political Practices Commission, said Thursday. The state agency said in a July 23 letter to the acting general manager, John Sandbrook, that it had received an anonymous tip that he might have violated a state law governing the conduct of public officials.
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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.
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March 21, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
The top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum refused to answer questions Wednesday after his lawyer objected to the presence of Los Angeles Times reporters at a deposition in an open-government lawsuit against the stadium's overseers. Interim General Manager John Sandbrook walked out of the deposition in the suit brought by The Times and a 1st Amendment group. The Times would not agree to exclude the two reporters or prohibit them from publishing Sandbrook's sworn answers before they are introduced as evidence in a trial.
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October 3, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
A judge Thursday said the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission appeared to have repeatedly violated the state's open-meeting law during its months of closed-door deliberations on USC's lease of the taxpayer-owned stadium. In pointed language, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin said he was prepared to issue an injunction against the commission that would restrict what it could discuss in secret sessions and require it to record all of its private meetings for three years.
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May 11, 2012 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
State authorities are investigating whether the head of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum illegally sought a job with USC even as he was responsible for protecting taxpayers in talks to surrender control of the stadium to the university. The probe is focused on whether Coliseum Interim General Manager John Sandbrook violated conflict of interest laws while negotiating a proposed lease to give USC stewardship of the public venue for at least 42 years, said Gary Winuk, enforcement chief at the Fair Political Practices Commission.
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November 16, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
The timing seemed right. The UCLA football program was riding high in the fall of 1965. Behind sophomore quarterback Gary Beban, the Bruins had rallied for a miraculous comeback victory over USC. They were headed to the Rose Bowl, where on Jan. 1, 1966, they would upset top-ranked Michigan State, finally winning in their fourth trip to the New Year's Day showcase. In a time of great expansion on the Westwood campus -- Pauley Pavilion had opened its doors in June 1965 -- plans were in the works to build an on-campus football stadium.
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April 15, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission is expected to lose $297,000 for the fiscal year that ends in June, the result of canceling the Electric Daisy Carnival rave. The producer of the rave, Insomniac Inc., moved the Electric Daisy Carnival to Las Vegas after reports in The Times that Insomniac was also paying money to an employee at the commission, events manager Todd DeStefano. His job with the commission was to help oversee security and emergency medical services at the Electric Daisy Carnival in 2010; a 15-year-old girl who attended the event died of an Ecstasy overdose.
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September 9, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The president of the California Science Center has "serious concerns" that USC's planned takeover of the neighboring Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum could restrict public parking and cause disruptions at the state museum, which soon will be home to the space shuttle Endeavour. Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph said last week that he was worried USC's bid to control state-owned parking lots near the Coliseum could limit their availability to Exposition Park's three museums. Rudolph also expressed fears that the museum operations could otherwise be overwhelmed by large events USC would stage at the taxpayer-owned Coliseum, apart from Trojans football games.
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September 16, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
Internal emails obtained by The Times show Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission officials trying to come up with a strategy to limit public debate on its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium. Peppered with profanities and name-calling, the emails were the subject of a recent court battle, in which the commission sought their return. A Superior Court judge refused to grant Coliseum officials an emergency order demanding that The Times and others surrender them.
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May 9, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A judge ruled on Thursday that The Times could not be stopped from reporting on testimony from the top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a deposition for an open-government lawsuit. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin said that in asking the court to deny Times reporters access to the testimony and a prohibition against articles about it, the commission sought “essentially a gag order.” “This is a public matter,” Lavin said of the lawsuit brought against the commission by The Times and a 1st Amendment group, Californians Aware.
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September 30, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
The local branch of the NAACP has called on the top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to resign because of an email exchange that referred to City Councilman Bernard C. Parks as "Col. Klink," the inept fictional character from the 1965-1971 sitcom “Hogan's Heroes.” In the December 2011 email , then-Coliseum Commission President David Israel made the remark in a message to John Sandbrook, the stadium's interim general manager. A copy was given to The Times.  The Klink remark came after Sandbrook responded to an Israel email by writing, “I know nothing, I hear nothing, I see nothing,” which echoed a catchphrase of another bumbling “Hogan's” character, Sgt. Schultz.
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September 16, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
Internal emails obtained by The Times show Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission officials trying to come up with a strategy to limit public debate on its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium. Peppered with profanities and name-calling, the emails were the subject of a recent court battle, in which the commission sought their return. A Superior Court judge refused to grant Coliseum officials an emergency order demanding that The Times and others surrender them.
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September 14, 2013 | By Jill Cowan, Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission unsuccessfully sought an emergency court order Friday demanding The Times and others surrender internal emails about its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium. In the emails, commission officials discuss such topics as limiting public debate of a proposed USC lease of the taxpayer-owned Coliseum and excluding state officials from closed-door talks on the deal. The documents also show the panel's then-president and its top administrator tallying the commission's expected vote on the lease terms weeks before they were made public.
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September 13, 2013 | By Jill Cowan, Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
A Superior Court judge Friday refused to grant the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission an emergency order demanding The Times and others surrender internal emails about its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium. In the emails, commission officials discuss such topics as limiting public debate of a proposed USC lease of the taxpayer-owned Coliseum and excluding state officials from closed-door talks on the deal. The documents also show the panel's then-president and its top administrator tallying the commission's expected vote on the lease terms weeks before they were made public.
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June 6, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Government overseers of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum entered into a sweeping secrecy agreement requested by USC to keep under wraps their negotiations to surrender control of the taxpayer-owned venue to the private university, a top stadium official testified Thursday. John Sandbrook, the stadium's interim general manager, said USC administrators drafted the confidentiality pact and had it signed by him and three members of the Coliseum Commission, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.
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May 9, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A judge ruled on Thursday that The Times could not be stopped from reporting on testimony from the top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a deposition for an open-government lawsuit. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin said that in asking the court to deny Times reporters access to the testimony and a prohibition against articles about it, the commission sought “essentially a gag order.” “This is a public matter,” Lavin said of the lawsuit brought against the commission by The Times and a 1st Amendment group, Californians Aware.
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September 30, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
The local branch of the NAACP has called on the top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to resign because of an email exchange that referred to City Councilman Bernard C. Parks as "Col. Klink," the inept fictional character from the 1965-1971 sitcom “Hogan's Heroes.” In the December 2011 email , then-Coliseum Commission President David Israel made the remark in a message to John Sandbrook, the stadium's interim general manager. A copy was given to The Times.  The Klink remark came after Sandbrook responded to an Israel email by writing, “I know nothing, I hear nothing, I see nothing,” which echoed a catchphrase of another bumbling “Hogan's” character, Sgt. Schultz.
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December 8, 1990 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A UCLA assistant chancellor has been accused of trying to suppress information for an NCAA inquiry into the recruiting of Bruin basketball star Don MacLean. Jack Hirsch, a former UCLA assistant basketball coach, said he was told it would be in his best interest to stop his attorney, Jerry Roth, from talking with an NCAA investigator.
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May 9, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The overseers of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum concealed from the public independent reports of lax financial controls and widespread spending abuses at the taxpayer-owned stadium that included sloppy accounting of hot dog sales and excessive perks for managers, records show. Problems detailed in the reports by two independent audit and consulting firms compounded money woes that leaders of the Coliseum Commission cited as a chief reason they decided to turn over stewardship of the two-time Olympic venue to USC. The Times obtained the reports through the court as part of a pending lawsuit the news organization filed against the commission, alleging that the panel has violated the California Public Records Act and open-meetings law. The commission refused to release the reports when The Times first inquired about them in 2011.
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March 21, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
The top manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum refused to answer questions Wednesday after his lawyer objected to the presence of Los Angeles Times reporters at a deposition in an open-government lawsuit against the stadium's overseers. Interim General Manager John Sandbrook walked out of the deposition in the suit brought by The Times and a 1st Amendment group. The Times would not agree to exclude the two reporters or prohibit them from publishing Sandbrook's sworn answers before they are introduced as evidence in a trial.
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