House of Blues Concerts has dismissed its lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles over the rejection by the City's Recreation and Parks Commission of bids to operate the Greek Theatre. The lawsuit was filed after the city's Recreation and Parks Commission rejected a bid valued at more than $38 million by HOB Concerts and a lesser bid by Nederlander, the current operator of the Greek Theatre, and voted to issue a new request for proposals (RFP). The voluntary dismissal was filed in Superior Court.
"This is a new era in the City of Los Angeles with a new line-up of decision makers, starting with a new Mayor, City Attorney, Controller, and Council President, along with many new Council members," noted Adam Friedman, executive vice president of HOB Concerts. "We appreciated the strong efforts of then City Attorney Hahn to get the Recreation and Parks Commission to follow the law. We are confident that Mayor Hahn and City Attorney Delgadillo will work hard to ensure that there is a fair bid and approval process so that the city gets the best deal possible. Given this fresh start by the city, we wanted to continue our Greek Theatre efforts with a fresh start as well.
"The House of Blues Concerts bid was widely recognized as superior by the public, community groups, independent experts, an independent selection panel, and the General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks," Friedman continued. "The only reason our bid was not selected was that a fair and appropriate decision was blocked by a few politicians. "We look forward to a new competitive bid process based on fairness, integrity and good faith actions consistent with the public's interest."