The private committee that is bidding to bring the Summer Olympics back to Los Angeles did its best to put on a show Wednesday at Grand Park.
LA 2024 officials invited scores of famous athletes led by four-time gold medalist Michael Johnson. Mayor Eric Garcetti came, as did Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.
The occasion was noteworthy — the City Council had just voted unanimously to approve the bid and, more importantly, to serve as a financial backstop should the event run over budget.
So the message at LA 2024’s news conference, held with City Hall in the background, was intended to reach a wide audience.
As the bid committee competes against rivals from...