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Lawsuit challenges L.A. Memorial Coliseum lease

Posted: July 19, 2012 12:30 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2012 12:30 p.m.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The commission that runs the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been sued over a decision to give the University of Southern California control of the taxpayer-owned stadium.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the Coliseum Commission held illegal secret deliberations on the lease and failed to release public records. It wants to overturn May's approval of the 42-year deal and to hold public hearings before a new vote.

The suit was filed by the nonprofit group Californians Aware and the Los Angeles Times.

A Coliseum Commission attorney told the Times he hadn't seen the suit and couldn't comment. However, the commission previously has said it followed the law.

The Coliseum is expected to lose $5 million this fiscal year and three former managers have been charged with corruption.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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