Calif. Science Center board pushes back vote on proposed USC-Coliseum parking

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The California Science Center board of directors on Wednesday decided to take more time to mull over USC's proposed lease of the Los Angeles Coliseum that includes a deal over parking spaces.

The board had initially planned to vote on whether to support the plan after hearing public comment. But after a closed meeting, board members decided they needed to meet with USC and craft a revised summary of the agreement.

"We just want to make certain that we're getting the best rate, the best term for the parking with USC,"  said California Science Center Board Chair Fabian Wesson.

The pending lease deal would give USC the rights for most of the parking at Exposition Park for at least 25 days each year.

Under a draft proposal, the Science Center would get just 600 slots on those days to share with the California African American Museum.

Some leaders complain there won't be enough spaces for museum patrons. Supporters of the proposed deal maintain that parking guarantees from USC are part of the deal.

Board members emphasize they want a plan that benefits all users. They're expected to vote on the deal in three weeks.

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