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New allegations prompt call for sweeping changes at L.A. Coliseum

September 4, 2011 |  5:37 pm


New revelations about practices at the organization in charge of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have prompted calls for a shake-up at the troubled agency.

City Councilman Bernard C. Parks called Saturday for the dismissal of the top two managers working for  the Coliseum Commission because of a growing scandal over the private business dealings of stadium officials.

Parks, a member of the commission, spoke out after a report in Saturday's Times said the Coliseum's technology manager directed stadium business to a firm he founded. The Times report cited records and interviews.

In an email to other commissioners, Parks, whose council district includes the Coliseum, said the panel should fire interim General Manager John Sandbrook and Finance Director Ronald Lederkramer as well as the technology manager, Leopold Caudillo Jr.

Another Coliseum employee, David Shea, named in state records as an agent of the private firm, should also be ousted, Parks said.

"We as a commission need to make this our … #1 priority," Parks wrote in his email.


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Photo: The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Credit: Los Angeles Times