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Coliseum Commission president withdraws support for giant rave

Support for bringing back the giant Electric Daisy Carnival for another year is dwindling after reports by The Times that an administrator for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission was also working for the producer of the event.

Commission President David Israel on Wednesday said he no longer supports bringing back the giant rave, which was criticized by many because of the high number of drug overdoses, arrests and the death of a teenage girl.

Two investigations were launched Wednesday after The Times reported Todd DeStefano's simultaneous employment by the Coliseum and the producer, Insomniac Inc.

"The integrity of the Coliseum is not for sale by any commissioner or any member of the staff," said Israel, who had previously backed Insomniac's events.

Read more: "Rave support shrinks in light of Coliseum official's alleged conflict of interest"


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-- Andrew Blankstein, Rong-Gong Lin II, and Paul Pringle

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Ah so that's why the raves keep getting OK'd despite all the problems they have & all the resources they require. A city slicker's got the inside job of OK'ing them + works for the private promoter. Gets 2 paychecks to prove it too.

sorry to say, but i went to this rave and i didnt od. i blame the girl and her friends. why should all the other people who can handle their business or be drug free hae to suffer for one person.

High level of drug overdoses? If I recall correctly... yea, one girl died. One. Out of... how many thousands were present? Sounds to me the event was safer than many rodeos, Nascar races, and the ilk.

So any public event where someone dies should be shut down for the future, yes? Of course, all fun should be outlawed, especially fun that creates tens of thousands of dollars in income for the city...

Keep allowing your ridculous tax rates to rise to even higher levels, sheep. Pay no mind. It's all for your own health and well being.

It's never is a big deal until they get caught with "their hands in the cookie jar" and then they make their 180 on their original considerations. Nice they have such high standards which is all based on "show me the money".

More people die in mosh pits and heavy metal shows than at raves.

More people die in car accidents in a matter of 15 minutes than have died in a single rave that lasts anywhere between 6 and 12 hours!

Seems to me like the focus is being put on the WRONG crises. Hold these underage childrens' PARENTS responsible! It is not Insomniac nor any other rave production crews' responsibility to look out for other people's children (especially if they are sneaking in!) It is to provide a quality event and to keep the peace! No one can stop someone from sneaking in drugs and discreetly taking them! Its preposterous to think it is reasonable to hold those companies responsible for the stupid decisions others make of their own free will!

Maybe the city should be focusing on creating some 'how-to' programs on parenting because that seems to be the real issue here.

Or if drugs at concerts are what their true target is, maybe they should be banning concerts of all types because EDM events are not the only ones with drugs present. Although notorious for drug use due to the raves the generation before threw, think about how many people go to these events. Two years ago, between both days of EDC, there was something like 120,000 attendees. Out of those one hundred and twenty THOUSAND people, how many overdosed? Now take a look at warped tour for instance and hold those stats up side by side. Raves might be notorious for drugs but ravers are notorious for being excessively communal and caring, even about people they don't even know. No, scratch that, ESPECIALLY people they don't know. I have never once seem someone get sick or uneasy at a party without several ravers running up to assist or comfort them. Most ravers are well-versed in the care of those overdosing or just ill from pills. Banning raves WILL NOT BAN DRUG USE. If not done at events, people will still do them at other parties or private shindigs. At least at raves there is the proper medical attention standing by to assist in case of emergencies.

Why not try enforcing stricter age reqs. You can't honestly expect to hold production crews responsible for the decisions of legal adults.

I went to this event and what many people are failing to see is that it is much more better and safer than any other concerts i have been to. If they start cancelling these events things are only going to get much more dangerous. At least here you have secutiry rather than no security at all. They have control. Cancelling this event is a bad idea. There will be no extra jobs and no more money. Think about it. Many people dont have to suffer just because of someones mistake. I ask you think about it..there are two sides to every story.


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