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Coliseum manager resigns amid rave controversy

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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Comments () | Archives (10)

I hope the new guy gets paid alot LESS!

The L.A. Times and Rong-Gong Lin II in particular have a vendetta against electronic music festivals.

It's yellow journalism at its finest.

These things make money for the city and are overwhelmingly positive and fun events. That part is never discussed though. Just the parts that inspire fear in the public.

What you guys do is repulsive. I don't know how you sleep at night.

I hope USC buys the Coliseum and run the place. Better management.

NEVER ceases to amaze me, how ALL these 'public servants' RIP US OFF and feather their INCESTUOUS CIRCLE OF NESTS.....and the voters say DO IT AGAIN! Absolutely, A-MAZING!!!!!!

Does LA really need money so badly it's willing to put on illegal drug use festivals where children die? This whole idea is a disgrace. In a city that doesn't allow gun shows in its public buildings, allowing raves is beyond pathetic.

Surprise surprise... conflict of interest, double dealing, and palms getting greased in L.A. I'm sure a couple of L.A. City Council members received a cash influx for their war chests from Insomniac's lobbyist.

So basically because some irresponsible parents couldn't keep thier kids home that night the rest of us have to suffer? Events such as raves continuously unite people from a compendium of different backgrounds, and provide a friendly atmosphere of fun. I find it interesting that because one person dies of thier own actions, it now means that raves have to be closely monitored and end at 4am. People die of many things every day, does that mean we have to outlaw all activities that include the risk of death? No more driving, no more skydiving, no more sports....etc etc.

He gets paid $275,000 to run a coliseum??? That's ridiculous!!!

In response to Robert:

YES LA needs the money. Read a newspaper. And did you really just compare raves to gun shows? If you must comment, and it's clear you really don't have to, then please make it an intelligent one.

It is not an "illegal drug use festival." It's an electronic music festival for real fans that are there to see the artists! Why should we be jeopardized for neglectful parenting? I've been there for consecutive years and I'm alive! Why? Bcs I make smart choices. If we are gonna shutdown all events where drugs are used let's start with Up In Smoke or the 420 festival. Oh yeah, let's not forget Disneyland with their elecTRONica and all the people rolling there! People who have never been to EDC or an Insomniacs Events shouldn't be so quick to judge. However, all of us have been kids and some are parents, why don't you handle your business at home.


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