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L.A. Now Live: Discuss the Coliseum Commission and luxury suite

May 25, 2012 |  6:00 am

Times reporter Ron Lin will join City Editor Shelby Grad to discuss the latest in a series of reports on the the troubled Los Angeles Coliseum.

The live chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

Lin, who has been writing about the Coliseum along with reporter Paul Pringle, will be available to answer questions.

This week, Lin and Pringle reported that even though the taxpayer-owned venue is in financial ruins, officials took their customary perks, enjoying a Bruce Springsteen concert and sporting events from luxury digs that included a private entry, spacious bathroom, kitchenette, lounge area and television screen.

An attorney for the commission said that each official who used the suite paid about $100 for each seat they booked. David Kline, spokesman for the California Taxpayers Assn., said the commissioners sent "a very bad signal to the people of Los Angeles. At a time when they sorely need to raise revenue, taking this major revenue source off the table is a luxury they can't afford."

City Councilman Tom LaBonge, an alternate on the commission, described the suite as a "carpeted closet."

"I came because I wanted to have a little fun," he said. "And Bruce Springsteen is inspirational."