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Coliseum Commission calls special session on future of general manager

Coliseum general manager Patrick Lynch speaks on behalf of the Electric Daisy Carnival at a Los Angeles Coliseum Commission meeting last week. Some commissioners are calling for his ouster. (Ricardo DeAratanha, Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the future of its general manager, an indication that the official's position could be in jeopardy because he allowed a top assistant to double as a paid consultant to a company that produced a controversial rave at the stadium.

A terse announcement Monday by the nine-member commission said it would meet behind closed doors to take "possible action" regarding longtime General Manager Patrick Lynch's employment.

"We're getting together to do what we can to protect the integrity of the Coliseum and assure the long-term well-being of the Coliseum," Commission President David Israel said in an interview. He declined to elaborate on what actions might be taken.

The Times has reported that Lynch gave permission to Todd DeStefano, then his events manager, to work for the producer of last June's Electric Daisy Carnival, Insomniac Inc., at the same time that he represented the commission in planning and overseeing security and medical services for the rave. The concert was marked by numerous drug overdoses and the death of a teenage girl.

As he sought to keep Electric Daisy at the Coliseum, DeStefano also retained a lobbyist to meet with City Council members and other officials, according to records and interviews. Lynch has said he did not know about the lobbyist.

After the initial revelations, Commissioner Rick Caruso called for Lynch's resignation.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has said it is reviewing whether DeStefano's employment by Insomniac was a criminal conflict of interest. The state Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating whether DeStefano broke laws by failing to disclose income from an outside source and by engaging in a conflict of interest.

The FPPC inquiry is also examining whether DeStefano violated "revolving door" statutes that require government employees to wait at least one year before lobbying their former agencies. The FPPC imposes administrative penalties but could refer evidence of criminal violations to state or local prosecutors.

-- Andrew Blankstein, Ron Lin and Paul Pringle

Photo: Coliseum general manager Patrick Lynch. (Ricardo DeAratanha, Los Angeles Times)

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Here's an idea. In the age of cost cutting please do the citizens of Los Angeles a favor and disband the Memorial Coliseum Commission. Turn the Coliseum over to USC using a long term (99 year) lease and let them make all of the improvements. I am a big sports fan and have visited stadiums in Indy, SF, Orlando, San Diego, and Oakland. All of these facilities are far and away better than the Coliseum.

Let USC take it over and make it as beautiful and functional as their campus.
The Rose Bowl is older and will be in better condition after the improvements which will be completed in the next two years.

Then let AEG build the stadium in downtown with private money. Remember all the talk before staples was built about using public money for streets etc. Now look at the area, income for the city via jobs and taxes where non exsisted prior.

It's common sense, the Coliseum is a dump and needs to be turned over to the tenant to allow them to make the necessary "commercial" improvements.

It's just going to take a little more MONEY!


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