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Months of negotiations followed among the City of Los Angeles, the United States Olympic Committee and the nucleus of what became the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and City Council President John Ferraro led the city government’s involvement in the negotiations. To show Los Angeles’ commitment to a private sector Olympic Games which would not use tax payer dollars, a blue ribbon committee was tasked with developing an acceptable contract with the IOC. The committee consisted of John C. Argue, Rodney Rood, David Wolper, Howard Allen, Justin Dart, William Robertson and Paul Ziffren.
After a number of starts and stops in the negotiations, the USOC agreed to serve as a guarantor and the IOC agreed to allow a private committee to organize the Games. The agreement confirming this historic arrangement was signed on October 20, 1978 by IOC President Lord Killanin and Los Angeles Mayor Bradley at the White House in Washington, D.C.