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Coliseum manager resigns amid rave controversy

February 15, 2011 |  2:09 pm

Patrick Lynch's 17-year tenure running the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena abruptly ended Tuesday when he resigned following disclosures that he allowed a top assistant to double as a consultant to the producer of a trouble-plagued rave at the venue, The Times has learned.

Lynch, a key player in efforts to lure professional football back to L.A., tendered his resignation in an e-mail to the nine-member Coliseum Commission just hours before the panel was set to meet in closed session to discuss his future, sources said.

The Times had reported that Lynch allowed Todd DeStefano, then his events manager, to work for the company that staged last June's Electric Daisy Carnival even as he represented the commission in planning and overseeing security and medical services for the rave.

The concert was marked by numerous drug overdoses and the death of a teenage girl. The problems led to a moratorium on raves that the commission lifted in November.

As he sought to bring Electric Daisy back to the Coliseum this year, DeStefano also retained a lobbyist to contact City Council members and other officials, according to records and interviews.

Separate investigations into DeStefano are already underway by local prosecutors and the state. After The Times reported DeStefano's ties to the Electric Daisy producer, Insomniac Inc., Commissioner Rick Caruso demanded Lynch's resignation.   

Commissioners have said they had no idea of DeStefano's dual role.

Lynch has managed the Coliseum and the neighboring Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which the commission also operates, since 1994. Lynch made about $275,000 in salary and bonus pay last year.

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