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Longtime City Hall staffer appointed to run Convention Center

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The Los Angeles City Council confirmed Robert Ovrom as the new executive director of the Convention Center Friday. Above is AEG's rendering of what a new convention space could look like.

The Los Angeles City Council confirmed Robert "Bud" Ovrom's appointment as executive director of the Convention Center Friday. 

The appointment comes at an uncertain time for the Convention Center. The L.A. City Council is considering a proposal that would allow the private Anschutz Entertainment Group to take over day-to-day management of the city asset. A rival company, SMG World, has filed a protest against that recommendation, arguing AEG lacks the experience to run a large convention center.

Hanging over all this is the question of whether the NFL will return to Los Angeles. The city has already agreed to allow AEG to tear down part of the convention center to make way for a stadium if a pro team returns to L.A. A new wing, Pico Hall, would be built to make up for the lost space. 

As for Ovrom, he previously served as a deputy mayor for economic development and general manager of the Building and Safety Department.

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