L.A. lost 2024

Re “Third time’s a charm for L.A. Games,” Sept. 14

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Los An­ge­les did not win the bid­ding for the 2028 Sum­mer Olympics; it lost the bid­ding for 2024. With all the other cities re­al­iz­ing fis­cal pru­dence and with­draw­ing their bids, the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee was scared that no city would be fool­ish enough to bid for 2028.

To make mat­ters worse, the IOC acted like late-night in­fomer­cials by de­mand­ing im­me­di­ate ac­tion — think “call within the next 15 min­utes for this deal!” — and Los An­ge­les took the bait. With no com­pe­ti­tion, city of­fi­cials could have taken their time, held the ap­pro­pri­ate public hear­ings and ne­go­ti­ated a much bet­ter deal as a sin­gle-source sup­plier.

Of course the mayor and his al­lies will be long gone by 2028. It’s ob­vi­ous his am­bi­tions lie on the na­tional stage, and Los An­ge­les tax­pay­ers will foot the bill for his van­ity project. John Schier­meier Santa Clarita

Be­fore we be­gin spend­ing tax­payer funds on the Olympic games 11 years away, I sug­gest we ask a fel­low I met out­side the Stan­ley Mosk Court­house, the cen­tral court­house for all of Los An­ge­les County, how he would like our money spent.

Around 7:30 a.m. last Mon­day, this fel­low was ly­ing on the side­walk with­out a shirt on his back, wear­ing brown cor­duroy pants and no socks or shoes. A po­lice ve­hi­cle sped up to the scene; a young of­fi­cer jumped out, and I thought fi­nally help was on the way.

The of­fi­cer jos­tled the man on the side­walk and asked him if he was OK. The shirt­less man said he was, and the the of­fi­cer jumped back in his pa­trol car and drove away. Kevin Park Mis­sion Hills

RICHARD VOGEL Associated Press

THE COLI­SEUM’S caul­dron was lit Wed­nes­day when L.A. was of­fi­cially awarded the 2028 Games.

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