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Convention Center's general manager resigns, takes job at Phoenix House

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The general manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center announced today he is leaving his post to become a top manager at a national organization dedicated to substance abuse and addiction treatments. 

Pouria Abbassi has led the Convention Center since 2006. Before that, he was an assistant general manager and chief operating officer for the Convention Center. 

“I thank Pouria for his years of service to the people of Los Angeles and for so well representing our great city before a local, national, and international audience,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement.

Abbassi will be a senior vice president and California director of Phoenix House. As for the future of the Convention Center, the mayor’s office said it will work with Abbassi to find a new general manager.

Abbassi’s exit comes at an uncertain time for the Convention Center, which has played a major role in the Anschutz Entertainment Group’s plan to build a football stadium in downtown. AEG’s proposal calls for the demolition of the West Hall. New convention space, tentatively called Pico Hall, would be built next to the existing South Hall.

City leaders have complained that the convention’s two, separate spaces are inconvenient for companies booking with the Convention Center.

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