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Judge says John Sandbrook testified falsely as part of the agency's efforts to thwart public scrutiny of USC lease negotiations.
print Comments John Sandbrook John Sandbrook, interim general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / July 7, 2011) Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin made the finding about John Sandbrook in a sweeping condemnation of the commission's conduct during months of secret talks on the USC deal. Sandbrook, a retired UCLA manager who took the helm of the commission as a financial scandal rocked it in 2011, testified for two days about the agency's private lease deliberations and compliance with the California Public Records Act. Lavin found that Sandbrook falsely stated under oath his reasons why the lease negotiations could be kept secret. After Lavin released his ruling Friday, City Councilman Bernard C. Parks, a former commissioner, called on the L.A. County district attorney's office to launch a perjury investigation of Sandbrook. Sandbrook did not respond to a request for comment. The judge also ordered the commission to release documents to The Times that it has refused to produce, such as communications between Sandbrook and USC during the lease negotiations.
These roles led to his eventual tenure as council president from 1972 to 1973, said John Sandbrook, former UCLA assistant chancellor and former Daily Bruin Sports editor who was one of Halpern's closest friends.
"I always thought he was a prime example of giving back to his Alma mater," Sandbrook said. "He enjoyed being around UCLA, and it just became part of our lives." As president of the student body presidents alumni group, he also organized reunion dinners every five years. Along with then-Vice Chancellor Norman Miller, Halpern helped to recruit the first director of the women's athletic program, Sandbrook said. The pair would also go to Hollywood Bowl events or dinner with Sandbrook and his wife. Halpern's career diverged from law in 1987, when he took a job with Disney and gained experience with writing.
(links: HTML, PDF) A study of the history of bowl games and championship organizations in Division I-A football by John Sandbrook of the University of California at Los Angeles.
John Sandbrook objects to the presence of two L.A. Times reporters during a deposition in an open-government lawsuit filed by The Times and a 1st Amendment group.
John Sandbrook John Sandbrook, the interim general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, shown in 2011, walked out of a deposition in a suit brought by the L.A. Times and a 1st Amendment group. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / July 8, 2011) Interim General Manager John Sandbrook walked out of the deposition in the suit brought by The Times and a 1st Amendment group. Times attorney Jeff Glasser, who was to question Sandbrook, said the reporters were entitled to attend the proceeding, held at a downtown law office, and the courts have allowed journalists to observe depositions even if they were not involved in the case at hand. Sandbrook, a former UCLA manager, took the helm of the Coliseum after the scandal broke.
DeStefano, in fact, had no authority to sign the contract and the Coliseum's concessions arm never received proceeds from it, the commission's interim general manager, John Sandbrook, told The Times earlier this month.
But the concessions group received no payment, said Sandbrook, who could not explain why. A Coca-Cola spokesman declined to comment, saying his company was looking into the matter. For Southern Wine & Spirits, DeStefano arranged a one-day lease of the Coliseum for $2,000, which Sandbrook characterized as a discount. Sandbrook said an event planner for Southern Wine inquired about booking the site again this year but was informed that the fee would be $5,000 and declined. "I told the company, 'Look, there's a lot of concerns we have, and I'd like to talk to someone at the company to get a fuller explanation of what the relationship was with Todd,' " Sandbrook said. Sandbrook said DeStefano's 10% arrangement ended after DeStefano asked and received permission from Lynch to be double-employed by Insomniac. Sandbrook, who was a longtime administrator at UCLA, said employees there helped accommodate location shoots as part of their routine duties and did not receive such commissions.