L.A. Coliseum scandal
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
2:36 PM CST, February 27, 2014
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.
10:36 PM CST, December 30, 2013
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.
8:00 AM CST, December 28, 2013
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.
11:58 PM CST, December 3, 2013
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.
10:44 AM CST, December 3, 2013
A 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.
11:21 PM CST, December 2, 2013
Isabel Cochon said her son had an adventurer's zest for anything new: kayaking, rock climbing, archery.
10:52 PM CST, November 21, 2013
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.
12:02 PM CDT, October 5, 2013
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.
October 4, 2013
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.
12:03 AM CDT, October 5, 2013
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.
11:24 PM CDT, October 3, 2013
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.
6:43 PM CDT, September 28, 2013
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.
12:23 PM CDT, September 14, 2013
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.
10:50 PM CDT, September 13, 2013
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.
5:54 PM CDT, September 13, 2013
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.
September 5, 2013
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.
12:28 AM CDT, September 2, 2013
The last day of a large rave in New York City was canceled Sunday after two attendees died, apparently from Ecstasy overdoses.
11:23 PM CDT, August 30, 2013
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.
4:37 PM CDT, July 25, 2013
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.
7:59 PM CDT, July 12, 2013
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.
12:00 AM CDT, June 26, 2013
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.
10:50 PM CDT, June 23, 2013
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.
9:35 PM CDT, June 22, 2013
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.
10:25 PM CDT, June 19, 2013
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.
12:23 AM CDT, June 7, 2013
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.
12:27 AM CDT, June 6, 2013
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.
2:52 PM CDT, June 5, 2013
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.
10:13 AM CDT, June 5, 2013
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.
12:31 AM CDT, June 4, 2013
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.
10:34 PM CDT, June 1, 2013
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.
10:03 PM CDT, May 31, 2013
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.
11:02 AM CDT, June 1, 2013
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.
7:17 PM CDT, May 30, 2013
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.
10:51 AM CDT, May 28, 2013
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.
12:31 AM CDT, May 10, 2013
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.
May 9, 2013
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.
March 21, 2013
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.
9:10 PM CST, February 14, 2013
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.
7:28 PM CST, February 9, 2013
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.
February 6, 2013
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.
February 4, 2013
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."
5:30 PM CST, February 2, 2013
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.
5:30 PM CST, February 2, 2013
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.
9:50 PM CST, January 15, 2013
The declaration came as the latest sign of fiscal distress for the Coliseum.
10:06 PM CST, January 11, 2013
The financially strapped Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has failed to pay $500,000 in rent to the state of California.
1:13 AM CST, January 10, 2013
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.
January 7, 2013
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.
December 18, 2012
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.
October 9, 2012
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.
September 6, 2012
Museum's president says USC's planned takeover of the Coliseum could cause disruptions to sites in Exposition Park.
August 10, 2012
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.
July 19, 2012
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.
6:00 AM CDT, July 18, 2012
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.
June 7, 2012
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.
June 2, 2012
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.
May 31, 2012
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.
2:40 PM CDT, May 30, 2012
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.
7:00 AM CDT, May 30, 2012
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.
May 24, 2012
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.
May 15, 2012
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.
2:01 AM CDT, May 12, 2012
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.
May 11, 2012
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.
11:57 PM CDT, May 2, 2012
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.
April 25, 2012
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.
5:08 PM CDT, April 18, 2012
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.
April 18, 2012
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.
April 13, 2012
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."
8:02 PM CDT, April 11, 2012
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.
April 5, 2012
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.
April 4, 2012
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.
April 3, 2012
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.
March 30, 2012
A former technology manager for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum surrendered to authorities Thursday and pleaded not guilty to criminal conflict of interest.
March 29, 2012
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.
March 27, 2012
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.
March 24, 2012
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.
March 23, 2012
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.
March 8, 2012
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.
March 7, 2012
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.
February 13, 2012
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.
February 2, 2012
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.
February 1, 2012
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.
January 12, 2012
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.
January 10, 2012
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.
December 31, 2011
Month after month, the financial forecasts for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum seemed as sunny as could be.
December 22, 2011
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.
December 11, 2011
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.
December 8, 2011
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.
November 11, 2011
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.
November 4, 2011
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.
October 26, 2011
Two Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum employees caught up in a financial scandal at the stadium are no longer working there, officials said.
October 23, 2011
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.
October 5, 2011
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.
September 29, 2011
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.
September 27, 2011
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.
September 26, 2011
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.
September 16, 2011
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.
12:42 PM CDT, May 16, 2013
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