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Developer Rick Caruso resigns from Coliseum Commission

September 29, 2011

Wealthy developer Rick Caruso resigned Wednesday from the scandal-plagued Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, ending a stormy tenure during which he clashed frequently with fellow panel members over their stewardship of the stadium.

In his resignation letter, Caruso said he is stepping down because criticism of his dual role as a trustee for USC, whose football team is the Coliseum's main tenant, might have "restricted" his ability to serve effectively.

But that is merely the latest point at which Caruso, who is considering a run for mayor, parted ways with other commissioners. He broke with them over their approval of rave concerts at the Coliseum and demanded the ouster of former General Manager Patrick Lynch because of alleged financial improprieties.

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