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Los Angeles: Secret talks on fate of coliseum could foul up the deal

In holding closed meetings on a plan to turn  the publicly-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum over to the University of Southern California, the coliseum commission runs the risk of incurring the wrath of the citizens and violating the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law.

Open government experts say that they can legally close the meeting to discuss contracts and money but cannot forego soliciting public comment on other related issues as happened in this case. -db

From the Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2012, by Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II.

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