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DNC Selects Los Angeles Site For 2000 National Convention

By Jim Newton

and Mark Z. Barabak
LOS ANGELES TIMES -- LOS ANGELES

The Democratic National Committee has selected Los Angeles as the site for its presidential nominating convention in 2000, an event that local leaders say will enrich the local economy and symbolically signal the city’s recovery from the troubles of the early 1990s.

“There are no major glitches,” one person familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. “We expect to have the final papers signed (Friday) or over the weekend.”

The formal announcement is expected Monday morning, assuming the final documents are signed by all the parties, which include the city government, the management of the Staples Center and the host committee, a private group of leading Los Angeles Democrats. But plans are firm enough that on Thursday, officials connected with the effort were debating such minor points as who will attend the news conference, according to sources close to the talks in both Washington and Los Angeles.

“We’re hopeful of having an announcement early next week, barring any unforeseen problems,” said Eli Broad, the billionaire businessman and Democratic Party stalwart who is among the leaders of the Los Angeles effort.

According to one prominent Democrat, efforts were under way to enlist California Gov. Gray Davis, as well as Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer to appear at Monday’s announcement as a show of party unity. A spokesman for Davis said Thursday that the governor plans to be in Los Angeles for the announcement.

Despite reports that the agreement is all-but concluded, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, a Republican who nevertheless has pushed hard for the Democratic gala, declined to comment directly on the prospects for winning the convention.

The agreement to bring the convention to Los Angeles has been widely anticipated in recent weeks, especially since Thomas Menino, the mayor of Boston, publicly announced that his city had been dropped from the running. At the time, DNC officials confirmed that Los Angeles was the front-runner.