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L.A. Now Live: Chat about LAPD freeway shooting, Coliseum

April 12, 2012 |  9:40 pm

Times reporters Ron Lin and Andrew Blankstein will join city editor Shelby Grad for a chat on a new city audit into the scandal-ridden Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Blankstein and crime reporter Richard Winton will also be discussing the latest on the 19-year-old who was shot and killed by police on the 101 Freeway this week.

The chat will begin at 9 a.m. at www.latimes.com/lanow. Questions can be asked live during the chat or by submitting a comment above.

The audit, released Thursday, found numerous financial problems, including that one employee of the Coliseum was paid to work 25 hours in a single day. 

The report, released by City Controller Wendy Greuel, assailed officials in charge of the 88-year-old taxpayer-owned 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."

Among other findings:

On the Coliseum Commission's watch, $870,000 was sent to South America for soccer matches that were never held, and a stadium contractor received millions in payments even though he had no contract.

"Today's findings are of a historic magnitude," Greuel said at a news conference. "Although I have conducted more than 50 audits, the egregiousness that was discovered at the Coliseum is one for the record books."

Last month, seven people were charged in a 29-count indictment alleging bribery, embezzlement and conspiracy by former Coliseum managers, rave concert promoters and a janitorial contractor at the stadium. Former Coliseum General Manager Patrick Lynch has pleaded guilty to a single count of conflict of interest, avoiding trial and a possible lengthy prison term.