L.A. Coliseum Commission fails to provide salary data to state controller
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has failed to supply the state controller's office with information on its workers' salaries, pension benefits and other compensation.
State Controller John Chiang's office released a list of non-compliant government agencies on Tuesday when it published the compensation of thousands of special district employees as part of an ambitious database project.
Chiang's office launched the database in response to the salary scandal in the city of Bell. It now includes figures from all of California's cities and counties and more than 1,500 special districts.
The Coliseum Commission has been under scrutiny for months, intensifying following the resignation of its general manager on Feb. 15 after The Times reported that the commission's events manager was double-employed by a rave company. The events manager, Todd DeStefano, helped oversee security and emergency services for the Electric Daisy Carnival rave in 2010, during which a 15-year-old girl fatally overdosed on Ecstasy.
Failure to comply with the state controller's order to provide wage information can result in a penalty of $5,000.
John Sandbrook, interim general manager of the commission, said late Tuesday that he was unaware of the state controller's order.
"Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I was unaware of it," Sandbrook said. "I was appointed March 2nd, and I will be rectifying the matter very quickly."
Sandbrook said that he plans to provide the required information to Sacramento on Wednesday.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II
Photo: The Los Angeles Coliseum was the site of the massive and controversial Electric Daisy Carnival rave in June 2010. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times