Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was a multi-purpose arena at Exposition Park, in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. It was located next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and just south of the campus of the University of Southern California, which managed and operated both venues under a master lease agreement with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission; the arena was demolished in 2016 and replaced with Banc of California Stadium, home of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles FC which opened in 2018. The arena was opened by Vice President Richard Nixon on July 4, 1959 and its first event followed four days a bantamweight title fight between José Becerra and Alphonse Halimi on July 8, it became a companion facility to the adjacent Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The venue was the home court of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA from October 1960 to December 1967, the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA from 1984 to 1999, the home ice of the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL from October to December 1967 during their inaugural 1967–68 season.

It was the home for college basketball for the USC Trojans from 1959 to 2006 and the UCLA Bruins from 1959 to 1965 and again as a temporary home in the 2011–2012 season. It hosted the Los Angeles Aztecs of the NASL played one season of indoor soccer, the Los Angeles Blades of the Western Hockey League from 1961 to 1967, the Los Angeles Sharks of the WHA from 1972 to 1974, the Los Angeles Cobras of the AFL in 1988, the original Los Angeles Stars of the ABA from 1968 to 1970; the arena played host to the top indoor track athletics meet on the West Coast, the annual Los Angeles Invitational track meet, from 1960 until the event's demise in 2004. The arena hosted the 1960 Democratic National Convention, the 1968 and 1972 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, the 1992 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, the 1963 NBA All-Star Game, the boxing competitions during the 1984 Summer Olympics. In addition to hosting the final portion of WrestleMania 2 in 1986, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena hosted WrestleMania VII in 1991 as well as other WWE events.

The arena hosted When Worlds Collide, a 1994 joint card between the Mexican lucha libre promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración and WCW, credited with introducing the lucha style to English-speaking audiences in the U. S. NBC's renewed version of American Gladiators and the 1999–2001 syndicated show Battle Dome were filmed from the arena. After then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling turned down an agreement to re-locate the franchise permanently to Anaheim's Arrowhead Pond in 1996, the Coliseum Commission had discussions to build an on-site replacement for the Sports Arena. Plans included a seating capacity of 18,000 for basketball, 84 luxury suites, an on-site practice facility for the Clippers. However, as a new Downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment arena was being planned and built two miles north along Figueroa Street, the Coliseum Commission scuttled plans for a Sports Arena replacement, as a result, the Clippers became one of the original tenants at the new downtown arena.

There were similar plans years earlier, in 1989, as Sterling had discussions with then-Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley and then-Coliseum Commission president Richard Riordan about a Sports Arena replacement. After the Trojans departed to the new Galen Center in 2006, the arena assumed a lower profile; the arena still continued to hold high school basketball championships, as well as concerts and conventions. The UCLA men's basketball team played a majority of their home games at the Sports Arena during the 2011–12 season while Pauley Pavilion underwent renovation; the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission embarked on a seismic retrofit, designed to bring the Sports Arena up to 21st century seismic standards. In order to reinforce the existing 316,700-square-foot structure, a series of steel braced frames were connected to the existing concrete structural system at both the arena and loge levels of the building. To provide a solid footing for these steel frames, portions of the arena floor had to be excavated reinforced to provide extra strength.

Once the steel frames were fitted and incorporated into the existing structure between existing support columns, concrete was re-poured into the area. The original crown of the arena, one of its most distinguishing characteristics, was the countless small ceramic tiles, each measuring no more than a square inch in width. A multitude of the crown's tiles were loosening and many others were discolored. In order to remedy this, a new crown was designed, this time using individual sections of EIFS, which offered the decided advantages of better durability, easier maintenance and improved thermal characteristics. A foundation surface was applied directly over the existing tiles, in order to seal the crown and give the new surface something to adhere to. Once the structural work was finished, the walls, doors and other areas involved in the modification had to be put back together. Throughout the entire project, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena remained open for business; the result was a brand-new crown around the exterior of the building, as well as a new terrazzo floor on the concourse level.

During an open session meeting on July 17, 2013, the Coliseum Commission authorized the amendment to the existing USC-Coliseum Commi

Scott Stringer

Scott M. Stringer is an American Democratic politician, the 44th New York City Comptroller, he served as a New York State Assemblyman, as the 26th Borough President of Manhattan. In 1983, he became a legislative assistant to New York State Assemblyman, future US Congressman, Jerrold Nadler. In 1992, Stringer ran for and won the Assembly seat vacated by Nadler, representing the Upper West Side. Stringer served as New York State Assemblyman for 13 years and six terms, from 1992 until 2005. In 2005, he was elected the 26th Manhattan Borough President, he took office on January 1, 2006. Stringer won the 2013 election to become New York City's 44th Comptroller, he began serving in 2014. Stringer is Jewish, was born and raised in Washington Heights in upper Manhattan in New York City, his mother, Arlene Stringer-Cuevas, is a cousin of former U. S. Representative Bella Abzug, served on the New York City Council before working in the New York City Human Resources Administration, his late father, was counsel to former New York City Mayor Abe Beame.

His stepfather, Carlos Cuevas, was at one time the New York City clerk and a Deputy Borough President in the Bronx. Stringer attended Manhattan public schools, including PS 152, JHS 52, John F. Kennedy High School; when Stringer was still in high school at age 16, then-Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton named Stringer to the Community Planning Board. Stringer graduated from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B. A. in Government Studies in 1986. He has distant roots from Russia and Ireland, he has said, his great-grandfather was from Poland. In 1983, he became a legislative assistant to New York State Assemblyman, future US Congressman, Jerrold Nadler. During these years, he supported Democratic candidate Governor Mario Cuomo. In 1992, Stringer ran for and won Nadler's New York State Assembly seat representing the Upper West Side, when Nadler replaced deceased Congressman Ted Weiss. Stringer served for 13 years and six terms in the New York State Assembly, from 1992 until 2005.

During his Assembly career, Stringer served as Chairman of the Cities Committee, Chairman of the Real Property Taxation Committee, Chairman of the Oversight and Investigation Committee. He led the fight to reform the State Assembly's rules of operation, he was a leader on issues of domestic violence, authoring anti-stalking legislation, affordable housing, good government reform. In 2005, he entered the race to succeed C. Virginia Fields as Manhattan Borough President, his candidacy was endorsed by The New York Times. In September 2005, he won the Democratic primary against 9 other candidates and was elected in the November general election, he took office as Borough President on January 1, 2006. Stringer issued over 40 policy reports designed to raise awareness about local issues and improve New York City; these reports have led the charge in addressing many of Manhattan's most important challenges and issues, including: increasing community input and response to development and planning projects across the borough.

In November 2008 and December 2009 as Borough President, he hosted day-long conferences on the subject of progressive food policy. For the second conference, attended by 1,000 New Yorkers, he joined with New York University and the not-for-profit Just Food to address the impact of food on the health of New York City's people and their environment, he released several policy reports on food policy, including "Food in the Public Interest", "FoodStat", "Red Tape, Green Vegetables". Throughout his tenure as Borough President, Stringer supported new transportation initiatives such as bike lanes. After numerous constituent complaints, in 2010 he undertook a survey, "Respect the Lane – Clear the Path", a policy report analyzing bike lane safety in Manhattan. During the course of the three-day survey, a total of 1,700 infractions were witnessed; the survey found that while bike lanes have a tremendous positive impact on New York City, the lanes were being misused by all parties. Working with community leaders, elected officials, local businesses, local residents, Stringer worked to raise awareness about bike lane safety, recommended an "increase in protected bicycle lanes, which are separated from traffic by a physical barrier and stepped-up patrol by traffic enforcement agents to ticket scofflaws, along with better signage," among other ideas.

Stringer led the fight in New York City against hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Stringer hosted many Manhattan Community Boards to discuss the potential problems associated with "fracking", such as contamination to the water supply. Stringer released a policy report in 2009, Uncalculated Risk: How Plans to Drill for Gas in Upstate New York could threaten New York City's Water System, a report highlighting the impacts of "fracking". On November 6, 2008, Stringer announced his decision to seek re-election as Manhattan Borough President, his Republican opponent, David Casavis, a history professor and foreign affairs writer/commentator, got 16% of the vote on a platform to abolish the office. In an October 5, 2009 article in City Limits, Stringer dismissed calls by Casavis and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to eliminate his office: "There are people who ar

Horneck Castle, Germany

Horneck Castle is known as Burg Horneck, Deutschordenschloss Horneck and Schloss Horneck. A castle located in the town of Gundelsheim, district of Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, in southwest Germany, its name is thought to mean "over the Neckar,". The castle was built around 1200 and was given to the Teutonic Order by Konrad von Horneck in 1438, thereby making it the seat of the "Deutschmeister" until it was destroyed in 1525 by fire during the German Peasants' War. Despite reconstruction shortly after Horneck Castle's destruction, Mergentheim became the new headquarters for the Teutonic Order in that region in 1527; as of 2006, the castle was occupied by an altenheim as well as the Transylvanian Museum