Times sues L.A. Coliseum Commission

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The Times has filed suit against the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, accusing it of violating the state’s open meeting law by secretly deliberating a lease with USC for the landmark stadium.

The Times, which is joined in the lawsuit by 1st Amendment group Californians Aware, says the commission also has violated the state Public Records Act, according to Times staff writers Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle.

Lin and Pringle have been reporting on financial irregularities at the Coliseum since early 2011. Six people have now been indicted in the scandal -- three former officials, two rave promoters and a stadium contractor. In May, the commission voted to turn control of the Coliseum over to USC.

The Times suit seeks a new vote and asks the court to order the commission to hold public deliberations on the stadium lease.



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Photo: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times