Coliseum emails show executive John Sandbrook and commissioners repeatedly deferring to USC; at the school's insistence, they signed a confidentiality agreement barring both sides from discussing the lease negotiations publicly. (Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times / July 7, 2011)
The emails between Coliseum executive John Sandbrook and USC administrators, which cover the four months of talks on principal terms of the lease, feature none of the bargaining-table tensions that are typical of such negotiations.
The documents show Sandbrook
and commissioners deferring to USC
on matters of transparency; at the school's insistence, they signed a confidentiality agreement barring both sides from discussing the negotiations publicly.
In January 2012, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, a commissioner, wrote to Sandbrook that a special public hearing on the lease before the panel voted on it "is a must!"
Knabe and Sandbrook
dropped the idea of a special public hearing.
and Dickey did not respond to requests for comment.
In a deposition, Sandbrook
said the commission's public agendas included references to closed-door discussions of a possible lawsuit by USC
.However, the panel's internal records showed no such discussions.