POLITICS (State, Local/Los Angeles): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, new controversy: "Leadership of Coliseum Commission assailed as 'imperial,' lacking transparency by state official" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "Leadership of Coliseum Commission assailed as 'imperial,' lacking transparency by state official" - From the LAT:
An appointee of Gov. Jerry Brown has accused the president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, of failing to be transparent and running “an imperial presidency” as leader of the government panel. The appointee, Bill Chadwick, also accused Coliseum staff of failing to be forthcoming when he asked questions about the qualifications of a person eventually selected to assist the panel in talks with the NFL. During a January meeting, Chadwick asked the staff how the person’s name came up. The Coliseum Commission’s chief administrative officer, Robert Osborne, replied: “I can’t answer that question right now.” Ridley-Thomas then cut off Chadwick’s questioning of Osborne.
Chadwick said the commission staff could have answered that question. Chadwick said he was later told that the job candidate had earlier met with Ridley-Thomas in his office with Osborne and a county lawyer. “I’m sorry, sir, that’s not right. That’s just not right, and that bothers me, terribly,” Chadwick said of the failure to disclose the information at the January meeting. Osborne declined to comment.
Chadwick also raised concerns about how Ridley-Thomas has continued to remain as president of the Coliseum commission for more than two years. In recent years, the panel has not conducted the annual rotation between representatives of the state, city and county, as has been the long-standing custom.
State officials agreed with Chadwick’s concerns. “The state has concerns about the commission’s ability to operate transparently,” said .......................