LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Board members of the California Science Center on Wednesday postponed making a decision on a controversial parking agreement with USC.
Museum directors in Exposition Park are concerned about a proposed lease that would give university officials control over parking lots at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Sports Arena 25 days a year for major events.
Under the drafted agreement, 600 spaces would be left for neighboring museums on event days, including 200 spaces for staff, according to City News Service.
Critics, including executives at the California African American Museum, fear the deal would leave patrons crunched for space.
A spokesperson for the venue said they are concerned about losing revenue if visitors are turned off by difficult parking situations.
L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe has defended the proposal. He says USC needs parking guarantees as it invests $70 million to renovate the coliseum.
“USC is a neighbor. And so they want to be a good neighbor. I think it’s a win-win for everyone that this deal happens,” he told KNX1070’s Vytas Safronikas.
The city councilman’s son, Bernard Parks, Jr., is among those opposing the deal.