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L.A. Coliseum under scrutiny
For more than a year, The Times has been reporting on financial irregularities at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, stories that have triggered several criminal and civil inquiries. Three former Coliseum managers, two nationally prominent rave promoters and a stadium contractor have been indicted in the scandal. Commission members | Documents | Arrest photos

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / March 22, 2012)

Insomniac won't hold March rave in Southern California

12:36 PM PST, February 27, 2014

Insomniac won't hold March rave in Southern California

More than five months after a man fatally overdosed at a San Bernardino County rave, the sponsor of that event, Los Angeles-based rave company Insomniac Inc., said this week it will not hold its annual March rave at the county-owned San Manuel Amphitheater.

L.A. councilman says Jerry Brown failed taxpayers on Coliseum deal

8:36 PM PST, December 30, 2013

L.A. councilman says Jerry Brown failed taxpayers on Coliseum deal

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.

Coliseum incurred big expense in trying to keep USC lease talks secret

6:00 AM PST, December 28, 2013

Coliseum incurred big expense in trying to keep USC lease talks secret

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.

San Bernardino County officials plan probe of death at rave

9:58 PM PST, December 3, 2013

San Bernardino County officials plan probe of death at rave

San Bernardino County officials said Tuesday they would investigate the Ecstasy-related death of a 22-year-old man who collapsed while attending a government-approved rave concert in September.

Student is 3rd rave drug fatality in San Bernardino County since 2006

8:44 AM PST, December 3, 2013

Student is 3rd rave drug fatality in San Bernardino County since 2006

Times review of coroners' records found that three people have died after taking Ecstasy and attending San Bernardino County raves staged by Insomniac since 2006.

Man's Ecstasy overdose adds to death toll at rave concerts

9:21 PM PST, December 2, 2013

Man's Ecstasy overdose adds to death toll at rave concerts

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Former accounting firm settles claims over Coliseum audits

8:52 PM PST, November 21, 2013

Former accounting firm settles claims over Coliseum audits

The former accounting firm for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has agreed to pay the agency $800,000 to settle claims that the company failed to detect alleged fraud by stadium managers who were later indicted in a corruption scandal.

Judge orders L.A. Coliseum documents released in secrecy lawsuit

10:02 AM PDT, October 5, 2013

Judge orders L.A. Coliseum documents released in secrecy lawsuit

A judge has ordered the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission to release documents it has withheld from The Times for as long as 20 months.

Ruling: L.A. Coliseum violated open meeting, public records laws

October 4, 2013

Ruling: L.A. Coliseum violated open meeting, public records laws

Read the ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin finding that the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission violated the state's open meetings law and public records act.

Head of Coliseum Commission testified falsely, judge rules

10:03 PM PDT, October 4, 2013

Head of Coliseum Commission testified falsely, judge rules

The top administrator of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission testified falsely as part of the agency's efforts to thwart public scrutiny of USC lease negotiations in violation of state law, a judge ruled Friday.

Judge says Coliseum panel apparently violated open-meeting law

9:24 PM PDT, October 3, 2013

Judge says Coliseum panel apparently violated open-meeting law

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.

Judge throws out embezzlement counts in Coliseum corruption case

4:43 PM PDT, September 28, 2013

Judge throws out embezzlement counts in Coliseum corruption case

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has thrown out several embezzlement counts against three defendants in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case but ruled they must stand trial on related charges of bribery and conspiracy.

Judge refuses demand for The Times to surrender emails

10:23 AM PDT, September 14, 2013

Judge refuses demand for The Times to surrender emails

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.

Judge backs L.A. Times in Coliseum email dispute

8:50 PM PDT, September 13, 2013

Judge backs L.A. Times in Coliseum email dispute

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.

Judge rejects panel's bid to recover documents from L.A. Times

3:54 PM PDT, September 13, 2013

Judge rejects panel's bid to recover documents from L.A. Times

A Superior Court judge on Friday denied an emergency motion brought by lawyers for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission seeking to recover documents sent anonymously to a Los Angeles Times reporter.

California Science Center grants control of Coliseum to USC

September 5, 2013

California Science Center grants control of Coliseum to USC

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.

New York rave canceled after two deaths, apparently overdoses

10:28 PM PDT, September 1, 2013

New York rave canceled after two deaths, apparently overdoses

The last day of a large rave in New York City was canceled Sunday after two attendees died, apparently from Ecstasy overdoses.

Judge throws out civil complaints in Coliseum case

9:23 PM PDT, August 30, 2013

Judge throws out civil complaints in Coliseum case

A Superior Court judge Friday threw out civil complaints against two concert promoters accused of scheming with a Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum executive to siphon nearly $2 million from the publicly owned stadium.

USC to take over L.A. Coliseum, Sports Arena on Monday

2:37 PM PDT, July 25, 2013

USC to take over L.A. Coliseum, Sports Arena on Monday

USC is poised to take over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena on Monday in anticipation of a 98-year lease of the public venues that has already been negotiated.

30 sent to hospitals in rave sponsored by L.A.-based Insomniac

5:59 PM PDT, July 12, 2013

30 sent to hospitals in Chicago-area rave sponsored by Insomniac

A rave produced by Los Angeles-based Insomniac Inc. is coming under scrutiny this summer after authorities reported that 30 attendees were taken to hospitals in the Chicago area.

State board OKs USC control of Coliseum and its revenues

10:00 PM PDT, June 25, 2013

State board OKs USC control of Coliseum and its revenues

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.

USC deal could sap Science Center parking revenue, trustees say

8:50 PM PDT, June 23, 2013

USC deal could sap Science Center parking revenue, trustees say

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.

Coliseum lease to USC unlikely to show paper profit, experts say

7:35 PM PDT, June 22, 2013

Coliseum lease to USC unlikely to show paper profit, experts say

A deal to give USC control of the taxpayer-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum promises the public a share of the money from Trojan football games and other events the school stages there.

USC-Coliseum deal robs museums of parking and money, critics say

8:25 PM PDT, June 19, 2013

USC-Coliseum deal robs museums of parking and money, critics say

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.

Coliseum negotiations kept confidential, stadium official says

10:23 PM PDT, June 6, 2013

Coliseum negotiations kept confidential, stadium official says

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.

Museums block Coliseum parking plan

10:27 PM PDT, June 5, 2013

Museums block Coliseum parking plan

Supporters of Exposition Park museums were successful Wednesday in stopping a plan that they said would cripple the institutions by giving USC control of public parking as part of the school's pending takeover of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Science center postpones vote on USC-Coliseum parking deal

12:52 PM PDT, June 5, 2013

Science center postpones vote on USC-Coliseum parking deal

The California Science Center board of directors put off a vote Wednesday that could have surrendered museum parking to USC in a deal to give the keys of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum to the private university.

Coliseum chief says he can't recall details on record requests

8:13 AM PDT, June 5, 2013

Coliseum chief says he can't recall details on record requests

The top administrator of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum testified Tuesday that he could not recall key details of how he responded to document requests under the state’s open-records law, including the search for a missing email from a former stadium manager indicted in a corruption scandal.

Governor asked to halt pending lease of Coliseum to USC

10:31 PM PDT, June 3, 2013

Governor asked to halt pending lease of Coliseum to USC

A trustee of the California Science Center's foundation Monday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to stop a pending lease that would give USC millions of dollars worth of parking owned by the state museum as part of a deal to grant the private school control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Museum trustee says legal action possible in USC parking deal

8:34 PM PDT, June 1, 2013

Museum trustee says legal action possible in USC parking deal

A trustee of the California Science Center's fundraising arm on Saturday said his organization is considering legal action to block a deal that would give control of the museum's parking to USC, part of a larger pact that would turn over management of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to the private university.

Coliseum deal: USC to cash in on turnover

8:03 PM PDT, May 31, 2013

Coliseum deal: USC to cash in on turnover

About five years ago, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky denounced USC's proposal to take control of the taxpayer-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and its revenue.

USC-Coliseum deal could cripple 3 public museums, critics say

9:02 AM PDT, June 1, 2013

USC-Coliseum deal could cripple 3 public museums, critics say

Supporters of three public museums in Exposition Park say the institutions could be permanently harmed by provisions in a proposed lease that would turn over to USC control of the neighboring Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a chunk of state parking and the revenues they produce.

Opposition mounts to plan to give Science Center parking to USC

5:17 PM PDT, May 30, 2013

Opposition mounts to plan to give Science Center parking to USC

Opposition is mounting to a plan to take money-making parking spaces away from the California Science Center and give them to USC as part of a deal to have the private school operate the taxpayer-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Giving Science Center parking to USC could hurt museum, some say

8:51 AM PDT, May 28, 2013

Giving Science Center parking to USC could hurt museum, some say

A proposal to guarantee USC most of the parking spaces in a state-owned garage during Trojan football games and other events could hurt the neighboring California Science Center by driving down attendance, some supporters of the Exposition Park museum say.

L.A. Times couldn't be barred from reporting on testimony, judge rules

10:31 PM PDT, May 9, 2013

L.A. Times couldn't be barred from reporting on testimony, judge rules

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.

Coliseum hid reports of financial woes, records show

May 9, 2013

Coliseum hid reports of financial woes, records show

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.

Coliseum manager walks out during deposition

March 21, 2013

Coliseum manager walks out during deposition

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.

Coliseum sues ex-auditor, alleging failure to detect corruption

7:10 PM PST, February 14, 2013

Coliseum sues ex-auditor, alleging failure to detect corruption

The financially troubled Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission alleges its former auditor failed to detect errors in financial statements between 2007 and 2011, a time when alleged corruption ensnared the taxpayer-owned agency.

State should not lease museum parking lots to USC, developer says

5:28 PM PST, February 9, 2013

State should not lease museum parking lots to USC, developer says

Steve Soboroff, the wealthy developer and civic leader, says the state should reject a proposed deal that would give USC a long-term lease of parking lots used by three public museums neighboring the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

L.A. rave promoter moving concert to Devore

February 6, 2013

L.A. rave promoter moving concert to Devore

After complaints about drug use and noise, a Los Angeles-based rave company is moving one of its annual concerts from its longtime home in San Bernardino to Devore, but some neighbors of the new venue are angry about the change.

Rave producer Insomniac defends concerts, criticizes Times

February 4, 2013

Rave producer Insomniac defends concerts, criticizes Times

The statement by L.A.-based Insomniac Inc. did not address the deaths specifically but said the story sought to "twist facts" and "turned everyone who enjoys electronic music events into villains."

A fatal toll on concertgoers as raves boost cities' income

3:30 PM PST, February 2, 2013

A fatal toll on concertgoers as raves boost cities' income

On the edge of the Mojave, music promoter Pasquale Rotella staged a rave about 11 years ago that ended with a coroner's wagon rolling down desert roads.

GRAPHIC: 14 rave-goers who died, deadly mix of drugs and raves

3:30 PM PST, February 2, 2013

GRAPHIC: 14 rave-goers who died, deadly mix of drugs and raves

Struggling local governments welcome large music events staged by L.A.-based promoters, but a review of coroner's and law enforcement reports reveal a tragic pattern of drug overdoses. Below are 14 rave-goers who have died.

State says L.A. Coliseum has breached lease

7:50 PM PST, January 15, 2013

State says L.A. Coliseum has breached lease

The declaration came as the latest sign of fiscal distress for the Coliseum.

Coliseum panel misses $500,000 rental payment to state

8:06 PM PST, January 11, 2013

Coliseum panel misses $500,000 rental payment to state

The financially strapped Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has failed to pay $500,000 in rent to the state of California.

Legislature's black caucus objects to parts of USC-Coliseum deal

11:13 PM PST, January 9, 2013

Legislature's black caucus objects to parts of USC-Coliseum deal

All nine members of the Legislature's black caucus are urging state officials to scrap parts of a deal that would allow USC to run the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

2 ex-Coliseum workers plead not guilty to embezzlement, conspiracy

January 7, 2013

2 ex-Coliseum workers plead not guilty to embezzlement, conspiracy

Two former employees of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum pleaded not guilty Monday to theft and conspiracy charges in their first court appearance since being charged last month by city prosecutors.

USC would gain control of taxpayer-owned parking lots under proposal

December 18, 2012

USC would gain control of taxpayer-owned parking lots under proposal

A proposed agreement between the state and USC would give the private university control of taxpayer-owned parking lots that serve the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and several public museums at Exposition Park.

Details behind Yaroslavsky's 2004 Super Bowl tickets in dispute

October 9, 2012

Details behind Yaroslavsky's 2004 Super Bowl tickets in dispute

County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky used his position on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission to score a pair of hard-to-get tickets to the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston. Whether he paid for them, why he obtained them and who provided them is in dispute.

Science museum chief has 'serious concerns' about USC deal

September 6, 2012

Science museum chief has 'serious concerns' about USC deal

Museum's president says USC's planned takeover of the Coliseum could cause disruptions to sites in Exposition Park.

No evidence Coliseum chief illegally sought USC job, agency says

August 10, 2012

No evidence Coliseum chief illegally sought USC job, agency says

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.

Coliseum faces millions in losses

July 19, 2012

Coliseum faces millions in losses

The governing body of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum learned Wednesday that it is expected to lose millions of dollars this fiscal year, driving the taxpayer-owned stadium into a much deeper financial ditch as it reels from a costly corruption scandal.

Fugitive in Coliseum corruption case says he was whistle-blower

4:00 AM PDT, July 18, 2012

Fugitive in Coliseum corruption case says he was whistle-blower

A fugitive in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case says that for years he alerted his superiors to alleged criminal wrongdoing at the stadium, but they did nothing.

President of L.A. Coliseum Commission resigns abruptly

June 7, 2012

President of L.A. Coliseum Commission resigns abruptly

The president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission resigned abruptly Wednesday, saying he quit because his work on a deal to grant USC stewardship of the nearly bankrupt stadium was complete.

Family of girl, 15, who overdosed at Coliseum rave to get payment

June 2, 2012

Family of girl, 15, who overdosed at Coliseum rave to get payment

The family of a 15-year-old girl who overdosed on Ecstasy at a rave concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and later died will receive a settlement of $190,000 on behalf of the stadium, the rave promoter and a former Coliseum manager, lawyers said.

Porn company had permit to film at Coliseum

May 31, 2012

Porn company had permit to film at Coliseum

The company that filmed hard-core sex scenes at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum obtained a permit for the shoot, but the document does not describe the movie as pornographic and the stadium's governing commission said Wednesday that it did not approve the production.

Coliseum porn star congratulated by Snoop Dogg, mom

12:40 PM PDT, May 30, 2012

Coliseum porn star congratulated by Snoop Dogg, mom

One of the stars of a pornographic movie shot partly at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum said he received a congratulatory call from rapper Snoop Dogg, who saw a story about the experience in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times.

Porn video shot on Coliseum grounds

5:00 AM PDT, May 30, 2012

Porn video shot on Coliseum grounds

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum field is the place where the USC Trojans play football, two Summer Olympics were staged, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass.

Leaders of cash-strapped Coliseum complex claim luxury suite

May 24, 2012

Leaders of cash-strapped Coliseum complex claim luxury suite

Last month, four of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena's bosses decided to catch the Boss, so they used their government position to claim a luxury suite for Bruce Springsteen's sold-out stand there.

 Panel OKs Coliseum lease deal

May 15, 2012

Panel OKs Coliseum lease deal

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, teetering on the brink of financial ruin, approved a controversial deal Monday to surrender day-to-day control of the historic venue to USC.

Parks seeks to halt vote on Coliseum deal with USC

12:01 AM PDT, May 12, 2012

Parks seeks to halt vote on Coliseum deal with USC

Citing a state investigation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum's top executive, City Councilman and stadium Commissioner Bernard C. Parks demanded Friday that a Monday vote on surrendering stewardship of the venue to USC be canceled.

State political watchdog is investigating L.A. Coliseum chief

May 11, 2012

State political watchdog is investigating L.A. Coliseum chief

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.

State may delay USC deal on Los Angeles Coliseum

9:57 PM PDT, May 2, 2012

State may delay USC deal on Los Angeles Coliseum

The state appeared to be ready to put the brakes on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission's proposed lease deal with USC on Wednesday, the same day the panel posted losses of more than $7 million since 2009.

Former Coliseum official invokes 5th Amendment to grand jury

April 25, 2012

Former Coliseum official invokes 5th Amendment to grand jury

Invoking his right against self-incrimination, the former finance director of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum declined to testify before a grand jury about alleged corruption at the stadium, then answered questions after a judge granted him limited immunity, transcripts of the proceedings show.

Hot Property: Coliseum corruption case defendant sells house

3:08 PM PDT, April 18, 2012

Hot Property: Coliseum corruption case defendant sells house

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.

Coliseum unveils proposed lease with USC

April 18, 2012

Coliseum unveils proposed lease with USC

After months of secret negotiations that drew fire from open-government advocates, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission unveiled a proposed lease Tuesday that would surrender public control of the historic stadium to USC.

L.A. Coliseum had scant controls over spending, audit finds

April 13, 2012

L.A. Coliseum had scant controls over spending, audit finds

 A new city report assails officials in charge of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for failing to impose even basic financial controls, allowing the routine squandering of public money and permitting corruption to take root in "a dysfunctional and risk-prone culture."

Coliseum: Judge affirms asset freeze on rave CEOs, ex-manager

6:02 PM PDT, April 11, 2012

Coliseum: Judge affirms asset freeze on rave CEOs, ex-manager

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge refused to lift an order freezing the assets of three men indicted on corruption charges related to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Coliseum panel again bars public from discussion of proposed USC deal

April 5, 2012

Coliseum panel again bars public from discussion of proposed USC deal

The public again was excluded Wednesday from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission's monthly deliberations over a proposed lease that would cede control of the taxpayer-owned stadium to USC.

Coliseum Commission prepares to give USC control of stadium

April 4, 2012

Coliseum Commission prepares to give USC control of stadium

Staggered by a financial scandal that unfolded on their watch, the public officials who run the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum are preparing to turn over control of the taxpayer-owned stadium to USC under a lease that would deliver it into private hands for up to 42 years.

Figure in Coliseum corruption case is in 'jungles of Brazil'

April 3, 2012

Figure in Coliseum corruption case is in 'jungles of Brazil'

A fugitive in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case said he was in "the jungles of Brazil" and will not return to face trial in an alleged kickback scheme because he shouldn't have been charged.

Ex-Coliseum technology manager pleads not guilty in corruption probe

March 30, 2012

Ex-Coliseum technology manager pleads not guilty in corruption probe

A former technology manager for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum surrendered to authorities Thursday and pleaded not guilty to criminal conflict of interest.

Former Coliseum official pleads guilty to one count, avoids prison

March 29, 2012

Former Coliseum official pleads guilty to one count, avoids prison

Days after his arrest on multiple corruption charges, the former general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum pleaded guilty to a single criminal count of conflict of interest, avoiding a trial and possible lengthy prison sentence.

One of six men indicted in Coliseum corruption scandal remains at large

March 27, 2012

One of six men indicted in Coliseum corruption scandal remains at large

One of six men indicted last week in the corruption scandal engulfing the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum remains at large and has given no sign that he plans to surrender to face charges of embezzlement and conspiracy, prosecutors said Monday.

Coliseum case widens; six are charged

March 24, 2012

Coliseum case widens; six are charged

In a public corruption scandal that has tarred one of the city's most treasured landmarks, six men were charged Friday with bilking the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum out of millions of dollars during a six-year spree of embezzlement, bribery and kickbacks.

Coliseum probe brings three arrests

March 23, 2012

Coliseum probe brings three arrests

Two former Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum executives and the head of a prominent rave company have been arrested in connection with a corruption scandal involving millions of dollars in questionable financial transactions at one of the nation's most storied stadiums.

Coliseum Commission again meets behind closed doors on USC deal

March 8, 2012

Coliseum Commission again meets behind closed doors on USC deal

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission on Wednesday spent nearly all of its monthly meeting behind closed doors, continuing a pattern of secrecy that critics say runs afoul of laws requiring government transparency.

Coliseum panel's secret talks could jeopardize proposal on USC

March 7, 2012

Coliseum panel's secret talks could jeopardize proposal on USC

In a hushed, dark-walled hearing room, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission had gathered for some momentous deliberations, finalizing a plan to turn the 88-year-old, taxpayer-owned stadium over to USC.

L.A. Coliseum Commission officials cash in on unused sick leave

February 13, 2012

L.A. Coliseum Commission officials cash in on unused sick leave

Top officials at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have shown a knack for banking healthy chunks of unused sick leave on the public payroll — in one case, about 35 years' worth.

Coliseum Commission takes heat over transparency, halts meeting

February 2, 2012

Coliseum Commission takes heat over transparency, halts meeting

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission came under fire from state officials Wednesday for a lack of transparency, then was forced to cancel its monthly meeting halfway into the session after officials acknowledged the venue had failed to publicly post the agenda as required by law.

Coliseum officials made $1 million in cash payments to union

February 1, 2012

Coliseum officials made $1 million in cash payments to union

For at least five years, officials with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum passed bundles of cash totaling more than $1 million to a union representative, sometimes in a suitcase packed with $100 bills.

Longtime Coliseum finance director is off the payroll

January 12, 2012

Longtime Coliseum finance director is off the payroll

A top Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum official caught up in an ongoing financial scandal no longer works at the stadium, the county counsel's office said Wednesday.

Cash payments made at Coliseum raves to be probed

January 10, 2012

Cash payments made at Coliseum raves to be probed

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission said Monday that it would amend a lawsuit against two of its former managers and a pair of rave companies to include new allegations that large cash payments were improperly made to a union representative as wages for stadium stagehands.

Tracing Coliseum's fiscal decay

December 31, 2011

Tracing Coliseum's fiscal decay

Month after month, the financial forecasts for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum seemed as sunny as could be.

USC moves closer to getting control of L.A. Memorial Coliseum

December 22, 2011

USC moves closer to getting control of L.A. Memorial Coliseum

The scandal-tainted Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission took an important step Wednesday toward turning over day-to-day control of the historic venue to USC.

Coliseum finance director earned Visa points on stadium upgrade

December 11, 2011

Coliseum finance director earned Visa points on stadium upgrade

Last spring, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum set out to upgrade the sound system for its new video board. The equipment and shipping costs were steep -- about $270,000.

Coliseum commissioner Ridley-Thomas tied to questionable expenditure

December 8, 2011

Coliseum commissioner Ridley-Thomas tied to questionable expenditure

By the time the NFL's Carolina Panthers took the field for the 2009 season, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum had been out of the pro football business for more than a decade.

Offices, home of concert promoter raided as part of Coliseum probe

November 11, 2011

Offices, home of concert promoter raided as part of Coliseum probe

Los Angeles County authorities have raided the offices and home of a concert promoter as part of a widening investigation into a financial scandal at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, The Times learned Thursday.

Coliseum Commission sues two former top managers

November 4, 2011

Coliseum Commission sues two former top managers

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission on Thursday sued two former top managers, alleging that they enriched themselves through "corrupt efforts" that siphoned more than $1 million in public money from the stadium.

Figures in financial scandal no longer on Coliseum payroll

October 26, 2011

Figures in financial scandal no longer on Coliseum payroll

Two Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum employees caught up in a financial scandal at the stadium are no longer working there, officials said.

Ex-Coliseum official received payments from stadium contractor

October 23, 2011

Ex-Coliseum official received payments from stadium contractor

Patrick Lynch, while serving as general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a stadium contractor who deposited the money in a Miami bank, according to interviews and documents.

L.A. County supervisors make auditor available for Coliseum

October 5, 2011

L.A. County supervisors make auditor available for Coliseum

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has made its auditor-controller available to review the books of the troubled L.A. Memorial Coliseum Commission and act as the stadium authority's interim finance director.

Developer Rick Caruso resigns from Coliseum Commission

September 29, 2011

Developer Rick Caruso resigns from Coliseum Commission

Wealthy developer Rick Caruso resigned Wednesday from the scandal-plagued Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, ending a stormy tenure during which he clashed frequently with fellow panel members over their stewardship of the stadium.

L.A. city controller to audit Coliseum finances

September 27, 2011

L.A. city controller to audit Coliseum finances

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel is dispatching a team of auditors to pore over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum's books because of a financial scandal that is already the subject of a criminal investigation.

Coliseum officials charged taxpayers thousands for fill-ups

September 26, 2011

Coliseum officials charged taxpayers thousands for fill-ups

As finance director for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Ronald Lederkramer didn't need to do much driving to keep an eye on the stadium's books.

Two L.A. Coliseum managers go on leave amid calls for their ouster

September 16, 2011

Two L.A. Coliseum managers go on leave amid calls for their ouster

Days after City Councilman Bernard C. Parks demanded their dismissals, two managers of the scandal-ridden Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have been allowed to take paid medical and administrative leave, according to documents and interviews.

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10:42 AM PDT, May 16, 2013

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