We were shocked to read in Kenneth Reich's article ("Coliseum Rebuilding Plan Hits Snag," Metro, Jan. 26) that the private managers of the Coliseum would attempt an end run around existing state laws to allow them to hastily bulldoze the historic Coliseum. Everyone knows that it is unsportsmanlike conduct to change the rules in the middle of the game.
The proponents of destruction must be afraid of public scrutiny. Or, perhaps they are afraid that an objective analysis will demonstrate that, for a fraction of the cost of building a new stadium, the existing structure can be reconfigured and adaptively used to achieve their specific goals.
State law requires the preparation of a full environmental impact report before the Coliseum Commission can legally demolish (or allow others to demolish) the Coliseum. The purpose of this law is simply to provide an objective analysis of the alternatives and to provide the public the opportunity to review and comment on the proposal and alternatives.
If a gravel pit in Irwindale deserves the due process of state environmental laws, certainly the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a national historic landmark, is worthy of no less!
WILLIAM F. DELVAC
Member, Board of Directors
Los Angeles Conservancy